Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann commissioned Radiohead to write a song for his upcoming film Romeo + Juliet. Luhrmann gave the band footage of the final 30 minutes of the film; Yorke said “When we saw the scene in which Claire Danes holds the Colt .45 against her head, we started working on the song immediately.” Soon afterwards, the band wrote and recorded “Exit Music (For a Film)”; the track plays over the film’s end credits but was not included on the soundtrack at the band’s request. Yorke later said the song helped shape the direction of the rest of the album, and that it “was the first performance we’d ever recorded where every note of it made my head spin—something I was proud of, something I could turn up really, really loud and not wince at any moment.”
OK Computer is the third studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released in 1997 on Parlophone and Capitol Records. OK Computer was the first self-produced Radiohead album, with assistance from Nigel Godrich. Radiohead recorded the album in Oxfordshire and Bath between 1996 and early 1997, with most of the recording completed in the historic mansion St Catherine’s Court. The band made a deliberate attempt to distance themselves from the guitar-oriented, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer’s abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and wide range of influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead’s later, more experimental work.