August 19, 2010
Radiohead Beyond 1999
I’ve often struggled with the concept that some bands are to be universally adored, and that anyone who doesn’t can’t understand music. This is possibly why it took me such a long time to truly investigate The Beatles beyond the big hits.
However, one group that does deserve the millions of complimentary adjectives used to describe them and their music over the years is Radiohead. Although many listeners parted company with the band after the early successes of OK Computer, The Bends (both triple platinum) and debut Pablo Honey, the band’s much documented ‘change in direction’ with the electronically-infused Kid A (and shortly after with Amnesiac) contained some of the greatest and most creative contemporary music of the new millennium. Both Hail To The Thief and In Rainbows drew on this more experimental side, but successfully blended back in some of the guitar-based rock for which the band were originally known.
Below is a selection of tracks from Kid A (2000), Amnesiac (2001), Hail to the Thief (2003) and In Rainbows (2007), as well as a cut from Thom Yorke’s equally thrilling solo album, The Eraser, from 2006.