20 Insanely Great Radiohead Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Revisit key deep cuts, B-sides and live-only gems that could end up on group's ninth LP

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"Pearly*" (1997)

We're not sure who Thom Yorke is singing about on OK Computer outtake "Pearly," but with each small signifier he reveals  ("Dew-drop dentures," "Vanilla milkshakes from Hard Rock Cafes" that lead to a "sweet tooth for white boys"), we can assume she's a vain, cloistered monster — a kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy all grown up. That she now possesses power probably explains the song's discordant din, a blur of wide-mawed guitars and pounding, doomy drums that eventually bursts open in an oozing final stanza. Scathing bit of social commentary, or just a slag-off to a celebrity, the point is still the same: Everything is rotten on the inside. J.M.

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