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Top 10 Favorite Radiohead Songs

I first heard Radiohead from my friend Jordan. You know, the dude who sang in all those high school bands I was in. Good times. It was probably a mixtape. At the time, it was pretty refreshing. Alternative Rock was the buzz word. I remember sophomore Geometry with my friend Ben Ko. We’d give each other funny looks every time the teacher said, “And here’s an alternative way to solve this…” For Radiohead it was great timing. Not to mention great music. I was first impressed that Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie from Fort Apache recorded the record. Some of my favorite records by Dinosaur Jr., Sebahdoh, The Pixies and Buffalo Tom were recorded there. The HUGE drums. I love it. And I loved it. And Radiohead was no exception. The drums were huge. This was Pablo Honey. Sadly the drums became smaller and smaller as each record progressed. The same progression also happened with the Flaming Lips. Such is so-called growth.

Then came college, The Bends broke. It was pretty different, but I never really hit me until a few years later. By then they were the biggest band around and I had stopped listening to music with lyrics. They simply didn’t matter to me.

In the early 2000s, I picked up OK Computer. Shit. I missed out when this dropped. I still firmly believe that the bass lines in that opener Airbag are the shit. Balls out. Regardless if John Leckie sat there hitting the mute button to chop it up.

I’ll be the first to admit Kid A was adventurous for Radiohead, as a band. It took guts. Not to mention was fodder for every programmer across the globe. But breakthrough and innovative in the full scope of modern music, however, I’d beg to differ. The critics and indie rockers simply called them the 2nd coming of christ, in so many words. Sadly Radiohead kept it comfortable for the next 7 or so years and did not release any records that spoke to me. However of the records from 2000 on, I feel Amnesiac spoke the clearest to me. Not to mention hearing it on double 10″ vinyl is the way to truly experience it.

Regardless of their records, sometimes I feel like Jonny Greenwood is my favorite guitarist. And in college I was lucky to have caught them at Roseland in NYC on a leg of the Bends tour. It might have been what I smoked after getting my nipple pierced earlier that day, but I swear Jonny Greenwood’s guitar spoke to me that night. Not to mention hearing one of their best songs that sadly hasn’t been released called Lift.

  1. Fake Plastic Trees (The Bends)
  2. Planet Telex (The Bends)
  3. Stop Whispering – US Mix (Stop Whispering EP)

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  4. I Can’t (Pablo Honey)
  5. Airbag (OK Computer)

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  6. Paranoid Android (OK Computer)
  7. Lucky (OK Computer)
  8. Idioteque (Kid A)
  9. Pyramid Song (Amnesiac)
  10. I Might Be Wrong (Amnesiac)

Thom Yorke’s The Eraser

Has anybody else heard Thom Yorke’s new solo record called The Eraser?

I hate to say it say it, but I kinda like it. I mean I doubt it would make any Top 10 lists of mine. But it’s great ear candy for the week.

As much as I do like this record, I was pretty disapointed with how predictable it was. I mean, come on Thom! Weird electronics. Bouncy and jagged beats. Thom wailing with his voice. It’s basically a Radiohead record. Maybe a little more sparse. But still, I was really hoping for a rebirth. Say something new! In that aspect this record really didn’t speak to me as it’s nothing new. But on it’s own, it’s not bad.

On a relative side note, does anyone think Thom’s voice sounds like Joni Mitchell at times? Not really the timbre of their voices, but more the range and intervals they choose to use. I know it’s not something you would hear at first listen. But it’s something I just noticed with this solo record.

Anyways… If you have the extra bucks for it, I’d suggest getting a Prince record instead. That is, if you have a Radiohead record already post 1997.

Towering Above The Rest

I’ve always been a Radiohead fan, per se, but at the same time, I’ve always felt that the mainstream media over-hyped them to the point of making them out to be the Messiah of rock music. It frustrated me to no end about their so-called “innovations,” which to me, was nothing new. A little too much dick sucking in the media really created a backlash for my appreciation of this band, in the past.

Regardless, there is something critically beautiful with the song Airbag the moment the bass guitar comes in with it’s lines. Holy moly. It’s bombastic. A lot of the time, restraint and what is not played is what is most beautiful in music for me.

And why they never recorded a studio version of Lift, a song they played in the mid to late 90s, is beyond me. That song was a simple masterpiece.