We weren’t entirely thrilled by Radiohead‘s weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live, but that didn’t stop us from tuning in to see them during last night’s hour-long episode of The Colbert Report—and we’re glad we did. Even before they performed, the band gave one of their best interviews in years, in no small part because Stephen Colbert was more interested in making the members laugh than hearing what they had to say. “Who’s better at saving the world, you guys or Bono?” he asked. “Bono, definitely,” frontman Thom Yorke gamely responded.
Then the band launched into The King of Limbs b-side “The Daily Mail,” followed by “Bloom” and “Little By Little.” Each of these songs sounded more invigorated here than either of the songs they performed this weekend, but we specifically want to highlight the Kid A track with which they closed the show: “The National Anthem,” embedded above. The cynical political song sounds as good as ever, and was a perfect fit for The Colbert Report (which may be why the band went into their back catalog at all). The full episode, including a web-exclusive performance of “Codex,” is available to stream.
Elsewhere on late night…
The Late Show with David Letterman: Fleet Foxes, “Grown Ocean”
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Arctic Monkeys, “Reckless Serenade”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Kelly Rowland featuring Big Sean, “Lay It On Me”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: The Shins, “Breathe” (Pink Floyd Week)
The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Chris Young, “You”