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The Fiery Furnaces 'Thought Radiohead Song Was About Composer Harry Partch'

November 5, 2009
The Fiery Furnaces 'Thought Radiohead Song Was About Composer Harry Partch'The Fiery Furnaces' publisher has issued a statement about the Radiohead 'Harry Patch' furore claiming it was all a case of mistaken identity.

As reported earlier today, Matthew Freidberger from the brother/sister outfit vehemently slammed Radiohead for recording the song 'Harry Patch (In Memory Of)'.

He ranted to "Fuck you! You brand yourself by brazenly and arbitrarily associating yourself with things that you know people consider cool. That is bogus. That's a put-on. That's a branding technique and Radiohead have their brand that they're popular and intelligent. So they have a song about Harry Patch.”

The comments, in the context of the song being about the last surviving British soldier of World War 1, immediately sparked outrage.

In a statement to Pitchfork, The Fiery Furnaces spokesperson now claims that Friedberger mistakenly thought the Radiohead song was about American composer Harry Partch who died back in 1974.

(by Scott Colothan)

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