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left field just means obscure.
The actual thing out of 'leftfield' wouldn't need to be obscure, just unexpected in the current circumstances.
So I guess Kid A was a leftfield choice for Radiohead at the time but the actual music wasn't exactly obscure - it wouldn't have been particularly leftfield for a Warp records label artist to have produced that.
someone has spelled stationery with an a (in place of the e) in the purchases thread.
Thought you might like to know.