August 19, 2010

Radiohead Beyond 1999

Posted in Organic/Electric tagged , , , , , , at 1:23 am by essentiallyeclectic

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.

Radiohead – Kid A (Kid A, 2000)

Radiohead – Pakt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box (Amnesiac, 2001)

Radiohead – Backdrifts (Honeymoon Is Over) (Hail To The Thief, 2003)

Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi (In Rainbows, 2007)

Thom Yorke – Black Swan (The Eraser, 2006)


1 Comment »

  1. deseraligears said,

    Thanks for a great blog always refreshing and enlightning.

    Like you I agree Radio Head deserves all the acclaim they get.

    There are a few like me that when you hear a group or indidvidual for the first time and like it its your discovery your domain. If they get popular than you remove your self from the masses and move on mumbling negative remarks and
    how they were better when you first heard them.
    Thankfully I have Changed.

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