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10 Brief Blasts of Radiohead in Pop Culture

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[This article is part of our Radiohead Fanatic Fortnight — check out our box set giveaway here.]

As this week’s earlier list illustrates, Radiohead’s music has inspired a number of videos shot with the artistry of a short film. Something about the band’s dramatic, intensely emotional sound calls out to the screen, and a number of both film and commercial directors have responded. Below are some of the best and most notable uses of Radiohead’s music in films and ads. (The band, big fans of Naomi Klein’s “No Logo,” don’t license their music to big corporations, but they have donated songs to ads for non-profits, as well as the NBA.)

1. The image of Claire Danes holding a gun to her own head at the end of Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” inspired “Exit Music (for a film),” the song that plays over the credits of the film. Another Radiohead song, “Talk Show Host,” figures in the film; the former was not allowed onto the soundtrack though the latter was. Christopher O’Riley’s instrumental version of “Exit Music” can also be heard in one of “Unfaithful”‘s early scenes, as well as at the beginning of its trailer.

2. One of the most famous scenes in Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” is its opening, in which Tom Cruise is seen booking through an empty Times Square. It is set to the persistent and appropriately dread-filled “Everything in Its Right Place.” The film also features “They Might Be Wrong.”

3. Last year, “House of Cards” was used as a backdrop to this commercial for the NBA playoff season, featuring a composite of Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Apparently, Nash is a huge Radiohead fan and the Suns’ point guard made a special request.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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