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Radiohead: What's the big deal?


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I have all of their albums, yet I rarely ever listen to them. What's the big deal about this band? They definitely aren't in the same league as Pink Floyd.

Edited by ITW 2012, 18 May 2012 - 01:12 AM.

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I completely hear ya. I liked quite a few of their songs back when In Rainbows was released. Really liked that album. But that's until I had my first Radiohead live experience. Then I barely ever listened to their albums again. When I saw the kind of fan base they have, I just couldn't be part of that. It's like they think they're some kind of intellectual music elite, as if the fact your like Radiohead makes you 'sophisticated' or 'superior'. I hated how their behaved during the concert, their claims and all, plus the concert itself was really weak. Really, really weak. After that, barely ever listened to them again. Gave 'em another shot a few months ago but just couldn't get into them anymore. Too hipster for my taste.

Edited by It Don't Really Matter, 18 May 2012 - 01:34 AM.

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Everything In It's Right Place is something I'd pick if I were to show aliens how profound human creativity can be, each album alone is a big deal, not to mention a catalogue which is enormously varied and ambitious. I think cause the material is so packed with great stuff and layers that it's almost saturated and taken for granted. The abiity and determination it takes to make music as deep as that these days without repeating a successful formula isn't easy. That band is just on another planet the same way Floyd and The Beatles were, always looking for a new trick to the sound but never losing identity.

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I find the vocals drag me out of the songs. I liked Amnesiac a bit. It's hard to really take a whole album of it.

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You know you don't suck when Prince covers one of ya tracks!

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I completely hear ya. I liked quite a few of their songs back when In Rainbows was released. Really liked that album. But that's until I had my first Radiohead live experience. Then I barely ever listened to their albums again. When I saw the kind of fan base they have, I just couldn't be part of that. It's like they think they're some kind of intellectual music elite, as if the fact your like Radiohead makes you 'sophisticated' or 'superior'. I hated how their behaved during the concert, their claims and all, plus the concert itself was really weak. Really, really weak. After that, barely ever listened to them again. Gave 'em another shot a few months ago but just couldn't get into them anymore. Too hipster for my taste.

Don't hate a band for its fans. Radiohead fans tend to be douchebags, but that doesn't stop me from loving their music.

I guess what it is personally for me, is how they managed to go from an average, near one-hit wonder Brit Pop band, into one of the biggest rock bands in the world in 1997, and then completely turned on their heels and made something completely out of left field. No one album really sounds the same, but you can always tell that it's Radiohead.

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In general they sound like they need to go on the lash for a couple of weeks then record an album.

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Their progression is amazing. For people familiar with their work Pablo Honey -> The Bends -> Ok Computer -> Kid A..... That's a remarkable run.

They are the best band of our era imo. What other band can do this:

Gagging Order: Beautiful, tender, soft acoustic song
Idioteque: Wild electronic, beat heavy madness
Paranoid Android: Queen sized epic with insane guitar sound
Just: classic standard 90s rock song
There There: Tribal classic rock
Kid A: distorted but beatiful electronic weirdness
I Am a Wickid Child: Dirty blues tinged song
A Wold At The Door: borderline rapping
The National Anthem: Jazz freak-out

They just have it all so music fans who like a wide variety of music can really dig deep into them. They use guitars, all sorts of electronics, weird less common instruments, trumpets, clarinets, strings, etc etc etc. Every album is it's own experience.

Also I don't get the guy who said they were bad live! Their songs live are about twice as energetic as in studio, the light show is always amazing, and they bring the same varied style where every song is different from the last.

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I'd suggest checking out their show at The Astoria in like 1994, as well as their numerous Jools Holland performances.

I'm a firm believer that OK Computer and The Bends are two of the best albums ever made.

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i'm a bit of a dickhead like this because i sort of go by what i am led to believe certain bands are like without checking out their shit, a type of ignorance i'm trying to rid myself of so like, yeah, Radiohead, i always was led to believe that they were like a soft lads version of like, y'know, bands like PiL or Can or Neu! or Magazine or Sonic Youth. A version of that kinda thing thats more like, NME-reader acceptable.

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Musically brilliant but I always thought that they, and their fans, were a shower of miserable cunts.I think their music is downright depressing and negative, reinforced by the amount of fans they have that have "issues". Recently a friend of mine who is obsessed with the band, tried to commit suicide but instead ended up paralysed for life. The other day he told me that he probably shouldn't have been listening to Radiohead given his problems with depression. I find it hard to look past that shit whenever I hear about them.

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Recently a friend of mine who is obsessed with the band, tried to commit suicide but instead ended up paralysed for life.


Woahhhh...fuck me man, it's just a band. You wanna keep that lad away from fuckin Joy Division!

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I know...I could elaborate too but frankly it is fuckin disturbing. They are a bunch of joyless fuckers though. Remember that scene from Father Ted where the suicidal priest was cured by Ted playing the Shaft theme for him. On the bus home he hears Radiohead and lapses back into depression lol

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I don't get the depressing bit. If you're depressed songs like Exit Music just sound more beautiful to me... they don't MAKE you depressed. Also they have plenty of stuff you can drive around blasting in your car singing along to. The lyrics are just about things more surreal, silly, abstract, or serious than "oh baby let's do it all night" or "I wanna rock ya ya rock party party ya" like Myxomatosis, A Wolf At The Door, Arpeggi, Lotus Flower, Electioneering, Just, I Might Be Wrong, 15 Step etc etc etc!

For example I've heard people call their song "Nude" depressing.... how is shit like that depressing?!?! haha

Edited by The_Universal_Sigh, 18 May 2012 - 09:00 AM.


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Yeah people say the same about Joy Division but i've just found it to be beautiful. I mean there is a tone of melencholy to it but thats sort of whats beautiful about it, i suppose music is as good as it's ability to evoke a response but i've certainly never listened to anything and had it influence me towards negativity. The way i see it is, someone thats gonna harm themselves is in that frame of mind, when you're depressed a song can trigger shit but so can just about anything else in the world, i don't think it's necessarily the musics fault i mean, a man could commit suicide to Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good if they were inclined, when you're sad inside it makes everything around you feel sad to you.




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