New Music First!: Radiohead “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”
Harry Patch, the last remaining veteran of World War I recently died at the age of 111.
After refusing to talk about the war for 80 years, in 2005 he was persuaded to give an interview to Radio 4 which had a profound effect on Thom Yorke. Radiohead’s lead singer was inspired to write a song based on Patch’s emotive words and experiences, reminding our generation not to ignore the true horrors of war.
Recorded a few weeks ago and named after the veteran as a tribute to his memory, it was previewed this morning at BBC’s Today program. ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ can be now downloaded from the band’s website. All proceedings will go to the Royal British Legion.
You can also listen to the whole track at BBC Today’s Page.