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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

From John Cage to Thom Yorke, Via Pootie Tang: The Sounds of Silence

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM

By now you've probably heard, or heard about, 2 Minute Silence, the charity single "recorded" by an incredibly grizzled-looking Thom Yorke, along with Bryan Ferry, Mark Ronson, David Cameron and a few others, for the U.K.'s Remembrance Day earlier this month.

The nod to John Cage's canonical 4'33" is evident, but what about the nod to Louis C.K.'s early-aughts masterpiece, Pootie Tang? After the jump, the silence that speaks volumes.

That cigar-chomping Andy Richter plays a nameless record company exec, but he might as well be a young Harold Bloom witnessing The Anxiety of Influence for the first time. Exciting!

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