Charlie Brooker’s kid listens to Radiohead on loop before bed because he’s cooler than you

There are ‘No Surprises’ in this kid’s bedtime routine

Take a moment to think about what you did last night before bed. Maybe you entered a never ending Twitter scroll. Perhaps you had a cheeky swipe through Tinder, or a good old fashioned Netflix binge? Or, deep breath here, you read a book.

But chances are you probably didn’t do the same thing as Charlie Brooker’s son. That’s because Charlie Brooker’s son, Huxley, is way cooler than you. Not just because his mum is the greatest Blue Peter presenter of all time, Konnie Huq, and his dad has increased our collective tech paranoia tenfold. No.

Huxley Brooker is cooler than you because he listens to Radiohead on repeat before bed.

Specifically, he asks to listen to ‘No Surprises’ on Charlie’s phone until he falls asleep. The kid is three.

Every time I finish reading our 3-year-old a bedtime story, he asks me to play ‘No Surprises’ on my phone, on repeat, until he falls asleep.

— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) March 19, 2017

Last night was no exception. Brooker played the track for 3-year-old Huxley until he’d dropped off, then let the song reach the end. Why? Because cutting the track early is “bad luck”, obviously.

Aaaand he’s under. But now I have to let the song play to the end before switching it off, or it’s bad luck.

— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) March 19, 2017

And the Radiohead cycle continues in the waking hours. When said child wakes him up at 6am, Charlie plays ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ to help himself get back to sleep.

@harrycaine14 I now listen to it at 6am every morning to get back to sleep after said 3yo has woken me up.

— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) March 19, 2017

One Twitter user pointed out that the lyrics to the ‘Ok Computer’ track are rather… nightmarish.

@charltonbrooker “A heart that’s full up like a landfill A job that slowly kills you Bruises that won’t heal..” sleep tight son,sweet dreams

— Richard Judd (@Judd_14) March 19, 2017

But Huxley Brooker’s not bothered by a little thing like “A handshake of carbon monoxide”. Huxley Brooker lives for depressing Radiohead lyrics. Huxley Brooker probably heard ‘Ok Computer’ before you did. Bet you he’s got tickets to see Radiohead headline Glastonbury this year.

Also throwback to when Charlie used ‘Exit Music (For A Movie)’ as the jolly outro music to Black Mirror episode ‘Shut Up And Dance’. (The vid contains spoilers).

Sweet dreams!

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