History Music / Radiohead

13th Feb '17 2:57:50 PM Gosicrystal
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* EpicRocking: "Supercollider" is Radiohead's longest completed studio song, clocking in at 7:02.
** Also "These Are My Twisted Words," "Paranoid Android," "The National Anthem," "How to Disappear Completely," and "Daydreaming".
** The original version of the B-side "Cuttooth" was evidently much longer than the final cut [[LostForever (by how much, nobody knows)]].

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* EpicRocking: EpicRocking:
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"Supercollider" is Radiohead's longest completed studio song, clocking in at 7:02.
** Also "These Are My Twisted Words," Words", "Paranoid Android," Android", "The National Anthem," Anthem", "How to Disappear Completely," Completely", and "Daydreaming".
** The original version of the B-side "Cuttooth" was evidently much longer than the final cut [[LostForever [[MissingEpisode (by how much, nobody knows)]].
28th Jan '17 1:31:33 PM stuffedninja
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1st Jan '17 2:40:38 PM stuffedninja
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* BookEnds: ''OK Computer'' might begin and end with a car crash. "The Tourist," which closes the album, contains references to high-speed travel, and the chorus consists of "hey, man/idiot, slow down"; "Airbag," the opener, describes relief at surviving a car crash.
** The music video for "Karma Police" begins and ends with a shot of the empty back seat of a 1976 Chrysler New Yorker.

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
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''OK Computer'' might begin and end with a car crash. "The Tourist," which closes the album, contains references to high-speed travel, and the chorus consists of "hey, man/idiot, slow down"; "Airbag," the opener, describes relief at surviving a car crash.
** *** The music video for "Karma Police" begins and ends with a shot of the empty back seat of a 1976 Chrysler New Yorker.Yorker.
** "A Punchup at a Wedding" begins and ends with sections where Thom sings "no" repeatedly.
1st Jan '17 11:26:31 AM stuffedninja
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** "Molasses" surreptitiously slips in mentions of genocide and starving waitresses throughout the otherwise harmless sounding lyrics.

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** "Molasses" surreptitiously slips in mentions of genocide and starving waitresses throughout the otherwise harmless sounding harmless-sounding lyrics.



** "True Love Waits" has overtones of grieving as it's presented on ''A Moon Shaped Pool,'' though in previous live performances it came across as a relatively straightforward love song.

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** "True Love Waits" has overtones of grieving as it's in the way that it is presented on ''A Moon Shaped Pool,'' though in previous live performances it came across as a relatively straightforward love song.



* WordSaladLyrics: [[DownplayedTrope Mostly downplayed.]] A better name would be "phrase salad lyrics," since it's not so much the word choice as it is the connection between two unrelated statements that throws the listener for a loop. See "Morning Bell:"
-->Where'd you park the car?
-->Where'd you park the car?
-->Clothes are on the lawn with the furniture
-->And I might as well
** Of course, right after that, it's played straight with the nonsensical phrase "sleepy jack the fire drill."

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* WordSaladLyrics: [[DownplayedTrope Mostly downplayed.]] A better name would be "phrase salad lyrics," since it's not so much the word choice as it is the connection between two unrelated statements that throws the listener for a loop.
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See "Morning Bell:"
-->Where'd --->Where'd you park the car?
-->Where'd --->Where'd you park the car?
-->Clothes --->Clothes are on the lawn with the furniture
-->And --->And I might as well
** *** Of course, right after that, it's played straight with the nonsensical phrase "sleepy jack the fire drill."
22nd Dec '16 10:11:55 AM stuffedninja
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Radiohead is an AlternativeRock group from [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England.]] Before they were Radiohead, they were called On a Friday, this being the only day of the week they were allowed to rehearse at school. Originally your usual type of alt-rock band, the sound on their early albums (''Pablo Honey,'' ''Music/TheBends'') gave way to more ambitious albums that incorporated echoey, operatic rock (''Music/OKComputer'') and [[AvantGardeMusic experimental]] [[ElectronicMusic electronic]] sounds (''Music/KidA,'' ''Music/{{Amnesiac}}'') before finding something of a happy medium (''Music/HailToTheThief'' and beyond). Long story short, every album is a NewSoundAlbum.

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Radiohead is an AlternativeRock group from [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England.]] Before they were Radiohead, they were called On a Friday, this being the only day of the week they were allowed to rehearse at school. Originally your usual type of alt-rock band, the sound on their early albums (''Pablo Honey,'' ''Music/TheBends'') gave way to more ambitious albums that incorporated echoey, operatic rock (''Music/OKComputer'') and [[AvantGardeMusic experimental]] [[ElectronicMusic electronic]] {{electronic|Music}} sounds (''Music/KidA,'' ''Music/{{Amnesiac}}'') before finding something of a happy medium (''Music/HailToTheThief'' and beyond). Long story short, every album is a NewSoundAlbum.



The band is known for its anti establishment lyrics and, since ''Kid A,'' rejecting much of the standard promotion forms of the industry. Most notably, the band opted to promote ''Kid A'' (which was highly anticipated after the success of ''OK Computer'') with a series of one-minute long viral videos featuring snippets of each song from the album. Furthermore, the group opted to allow fans to name their own price for the right to download their album ''In Rainbows'' online off of their website.

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The band is known for its anti establishment anti-establishment lyrics and, since ''Kid A,'' rejecting much of the standard promotion forms of the industry. Most notably, the band opted to promote ''Kid A'' (which was highly anticipated after the success of ''OK Computer'') with a series of one-minute long viral videos featuring snippets of each song from the album. Furthermore, the group opted to allow fans to name their own price for the right to download their album ''In Rainbows'' online off of their website.



On May 1, 2016, the band erased their entire web presence; their website gradually lost opacity until it became completely white, and the band's accounts on social media were "whited out", as was Thom's Twitter account. (Jonny has his profile and cover photos replaced with pure white, similar to Thom's, but still has most of his tweets intact; Ed, Philip, and Colin didn't white out at all.) Two days later, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI2oS2hoL0k they released the music video for the first single of their upcoming album]], the legendary and previously unreleased "Burn the Witch". On May 6, they released the second single, "Daydreaming." On the band's Twitter, they mentioned how [[https://twitter.com/radiohead/status/728600091922182144 the album would be "released digitally on May 8th."]] True to their word, Radiohead's ninth album, ''A Moon Shaped Pool'', was released for digital download on the eighth of May.

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On May 1, 2016, the band erased their entire web presence; their website gradually lost opacity until it became completely white, and the band's accounts on social media were "whited out", as was Thom's Twitter account. (Jonny has had his profile and cover photos replaced with pure white, similar to Thom's, but still has most of his tweets intact; Ed, Philip, and Colin didn't white out at all.) Two days later, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI2oS2hoL0k they released the music video for the first single of their upcoming album]], the legendary and previously unreleased "Burn the Witch". On May 6, they released the second single, "Daydreaming." On the band's Twitter, they mentioned how [[https://twitter.com/radiohead/status/728600091922182144 the album would be "released digitally on May 8th."]] True to their word, Radiohead's ninth album, ''A Moon Shaped Pool'', was released for digital download on the eighth of May.



All of the band members ([[https://twitter.com/thomyorke Thom,]] [[https://twitter.com/JnnyG Jonny,]] [[https://twitter.com/philipselway Philip,]] [[https://twitter.com/colingreenwood Colin,]] and Ed) have Twitter accounts.

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All of the band members sans Ed ([[https://twitter.com/thomyorke Thom,]] [[https://twitter.com/JnnyG Jonny,]] [[https://twitter.com/philipselway Philip,]] [[https://twitter.com/colingreenwood Colin,]] and Ed) Colin]]) have Twitter accounts.



* EitherOrTitle: Every song on ''Hail to the Thief.'' The album itself has an alternate title: ''The Gloaming.''

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* EitherOrTitle: Every song on ''Hail to the Thief.'' The Even the album itself has an alternate title: ''The Gloaming.''



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac.'' (See note on NewSoundAlbum above)

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: After a handful of straightforward and slightly experimental alt-rock albums, the band follows up with ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac.'' (See note on NewSoundAlbum above)''Amnesiac'', two heavily electronic-sounding albums that pretty much changed the trajectory of the band's sound forever.



** Halfway through "Sit Down. Stand Up," the slow burning mood piece transforms into an insanely fast Music/AphexTwin-like composition with Thom's layered voice chanting about raindrops.

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** Halfway through "Sit Down. Stand Up," the slow burning slow-burning mood piece transforms into an insanely fast Music/AphexTwin-like composition with Thom's layered voice chanting about raindrops.
22nd Dec '16 6:51:27 AM gewunomox
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All of the band members ([[https://twitter.com/thomyorke Thom,]] [[https://twitter.com/JnnyG Jonny,]] [[https://twitter.com/philipselway Philip,]] [[https://twitter.com/colingreenwood Colin]], [[https://twitter.com/edfromradiohead Ed]]) have Twitter accounts.

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All of the band members ([[https://twitter.com/thomyorke Thom,]] [[https://twitter.com/JnnyG Jonny,]] [[https://twitter.com/philipselway Philip,]] [[https://twitter.com/colingreenwood Colin]], [[https://twitter.com/edfromradiohead Ed]]) Colin,]] and Ed) have Twitter accounts.
19th Dec '16 8:29:33 PM stuffedninja
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* CallAndResponseSong: "Give Up the Ghost" is a weird form of this in a sense.



* LonelyPianoPiece: The B-side "How I Made My Millions" is probably the best example in the band's discography.
** "Codex" has a very isolated sound to it, although brass does accompany it later on.



* LoudnessWar: Every post ''OK Computer'' album is a victim. ''OK Computer'' brickwalls in the louder parts. ''The Bends'' is mastered loud by 1995 standards, but is quiet by today's. (Note that some of the albums are horribly clipped and others are not. ''Amnesiac'', ''Hail to the Thief'', and ''A Moon Shaped Pool'' audibly clip almost constantly, while ''OK Computer'', ''Kid A'', and ''I Might Be Wrong'' might as well not have any clipping at all. ''In Rainbows'' and ''The King of Limbs'' are somewhere in the middle: some tracks are badly clipped, while others seem to have been compressed without any distortion). A rare exception in the band's discography is the "Supercollider"/"The Butcher" single, which doesn't seem to have had any dynamic range compression applied whatsoever; the songs are respectively [=DR11=] and [=DR10=] and sound great. Of course, the band went right back to this trope with their subsequent "The Daily Mail"/"Staircase" single.

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* LoudnessWar: Every post ''OK post-''OK Computer'' album is a victim. ''OK Computer'' brickwalls in the louder parts. ''The Bends'' is mastered loud by 1995 standards, but is quiet by today's. (Note that some of the albums are horribly clipped and others are not. ''Amnesiac'', ''Hail to the Thief'', and ''A Moon Shaped Pool'' audibly clip almost constantly, while ''OK Computer'', ''Kid A'', and ''I Might Be Wrong'' might as well not have any clipping at all. ''In Rainbows'' and ''The King of Limbs'' are somewhere in the middle: some tracks are badly clipped, while others seem to have been compressed without any distortion). A rare exception in the band's discography is the "Supercollider"/"The Butcher" single, which doesn't seem to have had any dynamic range compression applied whatsoever; the songs are respectively [=DR11=] and [=DR10=] and sound great. Of course, the band went right back to this trope with their subsequent "The Daily Mail"/"Staircase" single.
19th Dec '16 6:11:13 PM stuffedninja
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** The climax of "Exit Music (for a Film)" is probably the most awesome way someone could imagine the phrase: "Now we are one in everlasting peace" being sung.

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** The climax of "Exit Music (for a Film)" is probably the most awesome way someone could imagine the phrase: phrase "Now we are one in everlasting peace" being sung.sung.
** "Everything in Its Right Place" manages to designate a segment of the song where the only sung lyric is "Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon", and it still sounds fantastic.
19th Dec '16 6:07:42 PM stuffedninja
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The lyrical and sonic content of ''The Bends'' was generally much darker and sadder than those of ''Pablo Honey''.



* DeusAngstMachina: ''The Bends'' is an album that goes on and on about the emptiness, pain and futility of life. [[SubvertedTrope However]], [[AnAesop the last line on the album proposes]] [[ThePowerOfLove a solution]].

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* DeusAngstMachina: ''The Bends'' is an album that goes on and on about the emptiness, pain and futility of life. [[SubvertedTrope However]], [[AnAesop the last line on the album proposes]] [[ThePowerOfLove a solution]].solution]] (although, with given context, it sounds more futile and desperate than calming).



* DownerEnding: ''The Bends'' closes with "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," an extremely depressing closer to a notably moody album.
* DrivenToSuicide: The character in the video for "Pyramid Song." [[spoiler: He does {{ascend to a higher plane of existence}}, though.]]

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* DownerEnding: ''The Bends'' Bends'', already a hard-hitting TearJerker of an album, closes with "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," an extremely depressing closer to final track that laments the futility of life as a notably moody album.
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* DrivenToSuicide: DrivenToSuicide:
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The character in the video for "Pyramid Song." [[spoiler: He does {{ascend to a higher plane of existence}}, though.]]


Added DiffLines:

** "Bullet Proof... I Wish I Was" alludes to this with the line "lead, fill the hole in me".
** Referred to only implicitly in "Codex" (with the lyrics talking about jumping off a cliff and drowning in the waters below), but to equally eerie effect.
18th Dec '16 7:32:13 PM EllaMegablast
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** ''Pablo Honey'' seems to go without saying by both the band and the fanbase (although Jonny, curiously, has come to think of it as underrated).
** Diehard fans of ''The Bends'' and ''OK Computer''-era Radiohead think that ''Kid A'' ruined the band forever.

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** ''Pablo Honey'' seems to go without saying by both the band and the fanbase (although Jonny, curiously, has come to think of it as underrated).
** Diehard fans of ''The Bends'' and ''OK Computer''-era Radiohead think that ''Kid A'' ruined the band forever.
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