Three versions of a song and the inspiration. Exit Music (For A Film) was written by Radiohead and is featured on their highly acclaimed third album OK Computer.
The Jazz pianist, Brad Mehldau’s version shows him taking this popular song to the jazz medium where he explores the originally simple song and stretching and extending it through improvisation.
Next is by the Indie Rock band Vampire Weekend. They recorded this version for an OK Computer tribute album. The Vampire Weekend boys seem to have given this tune a revamp. Giving it more of a danceable beat while still maintaining the eery atmosphere.
And finally, the inspiration for it all. Although Exit Music (For A Film) is an original Radiohead song, it was heavily influenced by the Frederic Chopin ”Prelude in Eminor(op.28 no. 4)” written between 1835 and 1839.
Exit Music (For A Film) is an amazing piece (the original and the covers).This just goes to show how music can develop and change over time as each artist interprets it as they like, adding their own colours into the mix.