• Norwegian Wood

    Article by Ey@el and music by Jonny Greenwood

    Original en français

    Jonny Greenwood is that guy with a head full of hair covering his eyes — could have been a walking ad for that brand of shampoo — who enjoys torturing his guitar as he makes crêpes (or wafles) with Radiohead. In addition to being a multi-instrumentist (he plays guitar, synths, piano, xylophone, harmonica, ondes Martenot, Glockenspiel,  etc.) in a great rock band turned experimental band, he also finds time to compose classical works for the BBC's symphonic orchestra in his spare time.

    About this song

    Greenwood (Jonathan, not his brother Colin who is also a member of Radiohead) originally wrote the above piece for the BBC Concert Orchestra which was later extrapolated into a score for Norwegian Wood, a Japanese drama film, released in 2010 that was directed by Tran Anh Hung and based on Haruki Murakami's novel of the same name with a plot set in 1960s Tokyo.

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    I wrote this piece mostly in hotels and dressing rooms while touring with Radiohead,” he explains.  “This was more practical than glamorous – lots of time sitting around indoors, lots of instruments about – and aside from picking up a few geographical working titles, I can't think that it had any effect where, on tour, it was written.



    • Phonetically, the original title in Japanese is Noruwei no mori. The English title comes from a Beatles song.

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