Sam Smith is the indie internet's target this week after some comments he made at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Smith won for his (admittedly tepid) Spectre theme song "Writing's On The Wall," and in the press scrum afterwards a reporter asked him if he was shocked that Thom Yorke released Radiohead's prospective (unused) version of that James Bond theme on Christmas Day.
"Thom Yorke?" he asks, turning to his co-writer Jimmy Napes, who reminds him he's from Radiohead. "Oh," he realizes. "Yeah, I was a little bit surprised, not going to lie. But I actually haven't listened to it, personally. Because I did the Spectre theme song."
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Posted by Variety on Monday, January 11, 2016
Many online publications have used this as the 'gotcha' moment for Sam Smith's cred, recalling the days before poptimism when putting down Radiohead would get you ostracized. Just look at the headlines:
Guys, he's trolling you. Sam Smith knows who Radiohead is. He's from England. He's pals with Disclosure. He probably played "Karma Police" at a talent show or two. He's just defending his territory.
And you know what? It's hilarious, If the pre-eminent "nice guy" singer wants to throw some shade, I'm all for it. Especially going after the super-self-serious Thom Yorke, who's apparently still the indie snob's final sacred cow.