What's a Radiohead?

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\ Deputy press secretary Tony Fratto said he is a big fan of Thom Yorke and the boys, and plans to get their new album, “In Rainbows,” which came out yesterday. \

\ Mr. Fratto, however, appeared to be the only person in the press shop who was aware of the new album, which has drawn attention for its release. The band did not use a record label, distributed it over the internet, and allowed fans to pay what they wanted.\

\ White House deputy press secretary Scott Stanzel said that while he does not own any Radiohead albums, he is an “appreciator” of their music. \

\ Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the National Security Council, said he is “90 percent sure” that he has a few Radiohead tunes on his iPod.\

\ When asked if any of those songs were from their 2003 album, “Hail to the Thief,” which some consider a reference to President Bush, Mr. Johndroe said, “not that one.”\

\ And what about press secretary Dana Perino, the No. 1 mouthpiece for President Bush?\

\ “I don’t even know what that is,” she said, when asked. “Is that a band?”\

\ — Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

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