2016-05-16T21:54:47+00:00 2016-05-16T21:54:47+00:00

Radiohead faces potential legal action for stop-motion animation of "Burn the Witch" single


Two weeks ago, Radiohead released their first full-length studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, since the band's 2011 The King of Limbs. Of course with a band of Radiohead's caliber, it is nearly impossible for a band of to make this high profile of a release, without some sort of subsequent scandal.

A few days after a mysterious deletion of all Radiohead social media, the group released the video for their improptu single "Burn the Witch," featuring stop-motion animation of mannequins in the style of the animated children's series, Trumpton. However, unlike the children series, the English-band's video features the burning of an alleged witch in the town of Trumpton and a stark allusion to the 1973 horror film The Wicker Man.

The 95-year-old creator of the series, Gordon Murray, has not seen the music video, but William Mollett, Murray's son-in-law, has responded to The Daily Mail.

"Radiohead should have sought our consent as we consider this a tarnishing of the brand. It is not something we would have authorised. We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next." – William Mollett

Since The Daily Mail report, neither Mollett nor any other member close to Murray has made any additional comments about further intention to pursue legal action.

Watch "Burn the Witch" below:

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