* AcceptableTargets: Businessmen, yuppies, and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate figures]] are all sharply targeted in ''Music/OKComputer''.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Yorke's politics tend to veer into this during interviews (and arguably on ''Music/HailToTheThief'').
* AwardSnub: There are lots of Radiohead fans who believe that if "Spectre" had been chosen as the official theme song for [[Film/{{Spectre}} the Bond film]] it was written for, it would've won (or at least gotten nominated for) the Oscar for Best Original Song that was won instead by the theme song that ''was'' used, [[Music/SamSmith Sam Smith's "Writing On The Wall."]] [[note]]This ignores the fact that the final version of "Spectre" is probably very different from the version the band submitted to be used as the Bond theme, given that Thom remarked on Twitter that they had played around with the song post-rejection and made it their own...[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment but let's not get into that.]][[/note]]
* BrokenBase:
** ''Music/KidA'' was this initially, due to its GenreShift to avant garde- and jazz-influenced electronica. It was VindicatedByHistory fairly quickly, though many stalwart fans of ''Music/TheBends'' and ''Music/OKComputer'' have not returned to the fandom.
** The quality of ''Hail to the Thief'' and ''The King of Limbs'' are hotly debated. Some fans dislike TKOL's softer sound and short length (it's the shortest album in Radiohead's discography, clocking in at 38 minutes) and think the production and song choice are not all that interesting for a Radiohead album. ''Hail to the Thief,'' conversely, is the longest Radiohead album to date; this led to arguing over whether having more songs on an album is good because it means more Radiohead, or worse because it makes the album ''too'' long and may result in AlbumFiller and ObviousBeta tracks.
** The whole "Radiohead should've won an Oscar for 'Spectre'" debacle detailed in AwardSnub above. Music/SamSmith's response to the song (has never heard it, doesn't know who Thom is) doesn't help the matters.
* CatharsisFactor
* CrazyAwesome: Thom Yorke's dancing. [[http://thomhipsdontlie.ytmnd.com/ Hypnotizing]], too.
** Jonny Greenwood's 'abusive guitar' also gets a mention, be it on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IQfn97KRFg this performance of "Bangers + Mash"]] or... any other rocky guitar-based song. Jonny's done it so much that he had to get an arm brace from repetitive strain injury.
* CreepyAwesome: The band's art.
** "Climbing Up the Walls."
** Most or all of ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac.''
** "Ful Stop."
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/{{Radiohead}} Needed its own page]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[AwesomeMusic/{{Radiohead}} Needed its own page]].
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOa1a8hYP8 "Lotus Flower".]] Doubly so when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xgeT2hzxrQ the music is replaced by "Single Ladies"...]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GBqFknWDzw A different version of "Idioteque".]]
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - [[Heartwarming/{{Radiohead}} Needed its own page.]]
* EarWorm - Despite being known for their gloominess and inaccessibility, Radiohead are absolutely brilliant at making songs that you just can't keep out of your head. Prime examples include "Creep", "Paranoid Android", "Idioteque", and "Lotus Flower".
* EnsembleDarkHorse - ''Amnesiac'' is probably the band's least-recognized album outside of the fandom, with critics preferring ''Music/KidA'' and mainstream audiences preferring ''Music/OKComputer'' and ''Music/InRainbows'', but it has a stalwart following in hardcore Radiohead circles. Its b-sides are considered to be some of the best of the band's career, and "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy"'s live debut on the ''King of Limbs'' tour was greeted with much enthusiasm.
** "Idioteque", "Talk Show Host", "How to Disappear Completely", "Lotus Flower", and "Burn the Witch" are examples of Ensemble Dark Horses that transcended the fandom and become some of the band's best-known songs.
* EpicRiff: Many.
** "Creep", "The National Anthem", "I Might Be Wrong", "Talk Show Host", and "Where I End and You Begin" have epic bass riffs.
** "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", "Optimistic", "My Iron Lung", "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy", and "There There" have epic guitar riffs.
*** "Separator" has a jangly riff that comes in about halfway through, making it an unusually upbeat closer for a Radiohead album.
** "Idioteque", "Cuttooth", and "Morning Bell" have epic keyboard riffs.
** "Climbing Up the Walls" and "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy" are rare examples of epic ''drum'' riffs.
* EpilepticTrees: For a band as cryptic as Radiohead, it's natural that there would be quite a few convoluted fan theories about their music, and in some cases Yorke has encouraged them. ''[[http://puddlegum.net/radiohead-01-and-10/ 01 and 10]]'', a theory that ''OK Computer'' and ''In Rainbows'' are intended to interlock, is one of the best.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Music/TheBends'' got a much better response than ''PabloHoney''.
** ''Music/OKComputer'' was even more critically acclaimed than ''The Bends''.
** Depending on who you ask, ''Music/KidA'' may be an even better sequel to ''OK Computer''.
* EveryoneIsSatanInHell: There are some fans who will insist that "No Surprises" and "Videotape" are about suicide, despite this having been contradicted by Thom himself.
* FaceOfTheBand: Averted. Thom seems like a candidate for this, since the band has admitted that Thom has the most say in everything material-wise. However, the other members, most notably Jonny Greenwood, have a sizable amount of the fanbase's and media's attention.
* FandomRivalry: Music/MileyCyrus attempted to [[InvokedTrope invoke this]]. After the 2009 Grammys, Miley was snubbed by the band when she asked for a sitdown. [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/miley-cyrus-snubbed-by-radiohead-vows-to-ruin-them-20090305 When asked about it on the radio]], [[RantInducingSlight she promptly went off on a highly emotional and uncomfortable-to-listen to rant, swearing that she would "ruin them"]].[[note]]Many are unsure as to which is sillier: the rant itself, or the fact that Miley's evidently a Radiohead fan.[[/note]] Attempts to do so have not appeared on the media's radar, if they have been made at all. The tension between the ''fandoms'' is actually minor.
* FanonDiscontinuity: In most fans' eyes, ''PabloHoney'', either with the exception of or particularly "Creep". Although "Anyone Can Play Guitar" and "Blow Out" are widely considered the best songs off the album--if you dislike "Creep".[[note]]Like every album Radiohead puts out, it has its devotees. In this case, they just happen to be in a minority.[[/note]]
* FriendlyFandoms: Radiohead and Music/BoardsOfCanada have listed each other as influences, thus introducing fans of one to the other.
** Thanks to Thom Yorke's repeated collaborations with Music/{{Burial}}, their respective fandoms probably count (as with Modeselektor).
* FridgeBrilliance: "Myxomatosis" is about record companies destroying musicians' messages or altering them beyond recognition--that much is clear from the lyrics. Furthermore, the line "I don't know why I feel so tongue tied/Don't know why I feel so skinned alive" also appears on the Music/{{Amnesiac}} b-side "Cuttooth", which was held off of the album at the last minute for reasons unknown--maybe Myxomatosis is (at least in part) about the record company forcing the band to remove "Cuttooth" from Amnesiac.
* FollowTheLeader: A whole crop of fresh faced post-{{Britpop}} British alternative bands became popular after Radiohead released ''OK Computer'' and were at least somewhat indebted to the band sonically. Many of these bands later made a name for themselves, separated themselves from the "Radiohead clone" tag and proceeded to become some of the most popular and acclaimed British rock acts of the 2000's, including such bands as Music/{{Muse}}, Music/{{Coldplay}}, Music/{{Travis}}, Music/SnowPatrol, and Stereophonics.
* HoYay: Oh boy.
** Thom/Jonny (a.k.a. [[PortmanteauCoupleName Thonny]]) has a loyal following within the Radiohead slash community for a [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ld2tda3VxC1qbfg40.jpg very]] [[http://oi55.tinypic.com/2ql4ozl.jpg good]] [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ld2tcjhUnx1qbfg40.jpg reason]].
** Blurry pictures aren't as good as Thom dedicating a straight up love song to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chfq0g1iN4Y&feature=related Jonny]]. Though this was more due to "The Present Tense" drawing heavily on one of Jonny's classical pieces, later adapted for and featured on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhMPCknkPyM Norwegian Wood soundtrack]]. But don't tell that to the shippers.
* HypeBacklash: Many people are sick of the music community's obsession with the band, especially ''Kid A.''
* MainstreamObscurity: For all the critical acclaim their albums get, few people outside of the established fandom are able to name any individual track from any of them (with the exception of "Creep," because everyone knows "Creep"). The flipside of this is that the fandom is so dedicated that any one person can likely name ''any'' track (well, any post-''Pablo Honey'' track, anyway) and are just as likely to love a semi-obscure b-side like "Cuttooth" or "Kinetic" as they are to love a high-profile single like "Paranoid Android" or "My Iron Lung".
* MemeticBadass: Bizarrely enough, a ''song'' example. "Burn the Witch" was once legendary among Radiohead fans for being a total mystery: though the title was floating around since the ''Kid A''/''Amnesiac'' era, no recordings were heard and no lyrics were pinned down before it was released as the first single from ''A Moon Shaped Pool'' four albums and ten years later.
** Thom fed the flames by telling a concert audience, after teasing a few chords of it on the piano, that "this will all sound much better when it's played by the orchestra." [[FridgeBrilliance He wasn't lying about the orchestra.]]
* MemeticMutation
** After the release of the music video for "Lotus Flower", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n6ZvDmbFoU fans]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKTx_T_PnCo started]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYq1oqtQ7k0 having]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xgeT2hzxrQ fun]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtC7mq9HWYk setting]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QzFHKPsupo Thom's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_fkzm6t3Ys dance]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA5ai8MccM8 to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jENwkJ4QglQ different]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B77s3x-XoY music]]. Thom's dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCvc1eCZ_s goes with everything]].
*** Thom's dancing in the "Lotus Flower" video has been dubbed with, for instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xgeT2hzxrQ Single Ladies]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnjOUKXqm9Q the Benny Hill theme]].
** [[http://s3.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20100225&t=2&i=66784626&w=580&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=2010-02-25T185025Z_01_BTRE61O1GC700_RTROPTP_0_MUSIC-RADIOHEAD-CAMPAIGN This picture]] of Thom in a 2008 interview has turned into a meme after receiving a [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0vp5uyy0g1qkbqnso1_400.jpg "You sicken me" caption]].
* MisaimedFandom
** "Creep" is often quoted on pro-anorexia websites, for its lines "I don't care if it hurts/I wanna have control/I want a perfect body/I want a perfect soul."
* {{Mondegreen}}
** "Power rangers, power rangers, power rangers, power rangers..." ("Sit Down, Stand Up", see above)
*** Another interpretation offered on last.fm for the same would be "cunnilingus, cunnilingus, cunnilingus, cunnilingus..."
*** ''Another'' possible misinterpretation could be "[[NightmareFuel Rearrange us, rearrange us, rearrange us, rearrange us...]]"
** "Who the hell are the 'comma police?'"
** From "Go to Sleep": "This is hiiiiighly insulting."
** "You can try domestic ham, you can try domestic ham, domestic ham is good enough."
** "PENETRATION PENETRATION PENETRATION PE-NE-TRA-TION *moans*"
** "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box": Aboriginal man, get off my cakes!
** From "Burn the Witch": "This is a lo-fi banker tax."
* MoralEventHorizon: [[TranquilFury "I Will"]] is Thom's reaction to women and children being bombed in their bunkers during the Gulf War.
--> '''Thom:''' It's also sort of the angriest thing I've ever written as well, you know. That sort of anger, that you can't even begin to express, you know. This thing about you can do anything you want to me, [[PapaWolf but if you come after my family I will kill you.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: After making its live debut in and being performed regularly throughout ''The King of Limbs'' tour, at least one news publication mistook "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy" for a new song, when in fact it was released in 2001 as a B-side and appeared in the 2006 film version of ''Literature/AScannerDarkly.'' Its popularity among fans and newfound relevance during the recession eventually led to the band deciding to play it at concerts.
* OldGuardVersusNewBlood: It can be argued that some recent Radiohead albums (such as ''Hail to the Thief'' and ''In Rainbows'') have been trying to strike this sort of balance.
* OldShame: The ''Pablo Honey'' era in general. Songs from then are virtually never performed anymore, with the exception of "Creep" every dozen or so shows. It also had [[SoBadItsGood excellent]] performances such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXUBE_wiPtU this one]], in which Thom starts screaming, and then dives into a pool.
* OneOfUs: Jonny Greenwood has expressed his enjoyment for video games such as ''VideoGame/{{ICO}}'', ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', and ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', among others.
** Unsurprising, considering that ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' is basically Radiohead: The Game.
** He also appears to be a fan of a lot of anime/manga, given the Manga/AttackNumberOne sticker [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdjqavzL4q1qa1wxx.jpg on his guitar]] and a [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/magazine/jonny-greenwood-radioheads-runaway-guitarist.html recent interview]] that describes him holding a copy of Creator/YoshihiroTatsumi's "Abandon the Old Tokyo."
* ParanoiaFuel: "Climbing Up the Walls":
--> [[ProperlyParanoid Either way you turn]]
-->[[LookBehindYou I'll be there.]]
-->[[BodyHorror Open up your skull]]
-->[[BeingWatched I'll be there.]]
** The song draws on Thom's time spent working in a mental hospital.
** "A Wolf at the Door" was inspired by an incident where Thom was physically assaulted and the police did nothing because, apparently, he was "asking for it" by being famous. The chorus pairs this up with AdultFear:
--> I keep the wolf from the door but he calls me up
--> Calls me on the phone, tells me all the ways that he's gonna mess me up
--> Steal all my children if I don't pay the ransom
--> And I'll never see them again if I squeal to the cops
** Thom sums up the paranoia in Radiohead's music nicely here:
-->"The thing that worries me about the computer age is the fact that people know so much about you. It's an incredible invasion of privacy. And no matter where you are in the world people can monitor you if you're using your credit card. I heard this weird rumor on TheInternet about how the military is funding this great big research project and basically, they believe that in the future, the balance of power won't be determined by who has the most nuclear weapons, but by who has all the information. I'm not afraid of being taken over by computers though, because the thing is, computers cannot resist. You can always smash 'em up, and they're totally defenseless. All we need are more people with hammers."
* SampledUp: The keyboard line and glitchy drum fills from "Idioteque" were sampled from Paul Lansky's "Mild und Leise" and Arthur Krieger's "Short Piece", respectively. Since neither sample was an especially prominent part of its original song but became vital parts of "Idioteque", the average music fan probably associates the two clips more with Radiohead than with Lansky or Krieger.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Someone who's already familiar with Music/{{Coldplay}}, early Music/{{Muse}}, Music/{{Keane}}, and Music/{{Travis}} might listen to ''The Bends'' and not get what all the fuss is about. The band has averted this for most of its other albums by [[DarkerAndEdgier going much darker than their contemporaries]] on ''OK Computer'' and delving into GenreBusting on ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac.''
* SignatureSong: "Creep", "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android" are the songs Radiohead are best known for among the general public, but opinions vary widely within the fandom.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Climate change sucks. Climate change denial sucks, too. Political corruption also sucks, especially when innocent people suffer for it. Whether or not you think references to these issues in Radiohead's music are anvilicious, there is certainly cause for concern.
* SongAssociation: Lots of instances. "Exit Music (for a Film)" and "Talk Show Host" being used in (and in the former's case, written for[[note]]Yes, the song was specifically written for, and featured in the end credits of, the 1996 adaptation of Shakespeare's classic story. Director Baz Luhrmann approached the band with the request for a song during their 1996 tour and showed them the last 30 minutes of the movie, which gave them enough inspiration to begin work immediately. (It was heavily inspired by the original story as a whole, as well as the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli film adaptation that Thom saw as a teenager, and was built around the idea of what would've happened if the pair had escaped the morning after they consummated their marriage.) Due to the song's inclusion on ''OK Computer'', the song was held off of the soundtrack at the band's request, but in its place, a remix of "Talk Show Host" was used.[[/note]]) ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'', "15 Step" being used in ''Film/{{Twilight}}'', "Everything in Its Right Place" being used in ''Film/VanillaSky'', "Life in a Glasshouse" being used in ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', "High and Dry" being used in ''Film/FiftyFifty''...[[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1955602/ the list goes on.]]
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: ''Music/TheBends'' is a lot more refined than ''Pablo Honey''.
** ''Music/InRainbows'' is generally considered to be far better than ''Music/HailToTheThief'' (which is generally considered to be good, but at the time had led to fears that the band had become too self-indulgent.)
** Some fans believe that ''A Moon Shaped Pool'' is this for ''Music/TheKingOfLimbs,'' the latter of which is often accused of being [[LighterAndSofter too light and short.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Some fingers were pointed at "Knives Out" for its melody being taken from (if not heavily influenced by) "Paranoid Android".
** "15 Step" is just a bit too similar to Music/SteelyDan's "Two Against Nature".
* SweetDreamsFuel:
** "Worrywort".
** The sounds after "Motion Picture Soundtrack" are beyond heavenly.
** The bridge of "Reckoner".
** "15 Step" is extremely upbeat, despite the [[LyricalDissonance anxious lyrics]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3GLYgJQARI "How I Made My Millions"]], an [[TearJerker emotional]] and informally recorded piano ballad.
** Whenever Thom says ''"release me"'' in "Morning Bell" (either version).
** "(Nice Dream)".
** "Nude" is both sonically beautiful and [[TearJerker emotionally distressing]].
** "Separator".
** "Daydreaming"... well, until [[LastNoteNightmare the ending]].
** "Give Up the Ghost" may be a TearJerker, but that coda with the layers upon layers of vocals also qualifies as this trope. Come to think of it, the last three songs of ''Music/TheKingOfLimbs'' probably qualify in their entirety.
** "Desert Island Disk" is the lightest and probably the most affirming song on ''A Moon Shaped Pool."
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/{{Radiohead}} They have their own page now]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The initial reaction of some to the drastic change the band made in ''Kid A''. Some fans reacted to ''The King Of Limbs'' this way, too.
* ToughActToFollow: It's widely said that Radiohead's biggest competition is their own back catalog. ''OK Computer'' and ''Kid A'' stand out as defining, perhaps even game-changing, moments for the band--maybe even for popular music at large.
* TrueArtIsAngsty:
** Jonny Greenwood [[DiscussedTrope discussed this]] in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GR00I2X0l4 interview]]:
-->'''Jonny''': But then I remember, we started ''Kid A'' in Copenhagen in the middle of December, because we had this rightly inflated idea of ourselves that we were a... were a kind of cold northern European band. We need darkness and snow and, you know... which is just, [[SubvertedTrope it's just nonsense, really]].
** Their signature sonic angst [[SubvertedTrope hasn't stopped them from taking a break and doing]] ''[[LighterAndSofter In Rainbows]]'' [[LighterAndSofter and]] ''[[LighterAndSofter The King of Limbs]]''.
** ''A Moon Shaped Pool'' marks a return to a bleaker sound, which may not be a surprise given [[RealitySubtext Yorke's separation from his partner of twenty-three years and the death of Nigel Godrich's father]].
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: ''Music/KidA'' and ''Music/{{Amnesiac}}'' are definite candidates. The band has denied being purposefully difficult, however.
* UglyCute: The ''Kid A'' Bear and the Weeping Minotaur.
** Thom Yorke.
* UncannyValley:
** The video for "Go to Sleep". Cue creepy CGI Thom.
** The cover art for ''Music/TheBends'', depicting a CPR dummy.[[note]][[WhatCouldHaveBeen Thom wanted to use a photo of an iron lung, but misplaced it]].[[/note]]
** Another creepy CGI Thom shows up in a couple of ''Music/KidA'' blips -- except it's only his head on a stick calmly gazing into space as digital snow falls on his face. Brrrrrrrr.
* VindicatedByHistory:
** ''Music/KidA'' got mixed reviews when it first came out, but now it's considered the best album of the '00s by many (a verdict that Pitchfork might have had a hand in).
** ''In Rainbows'' similarly got flak for having a different sound, but critics warmed up to it eventually.
** Even ''Pablo Honey'' got vindicated, being considered one of the best debut albums in recent years.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The data visualization effects in the "House of Cards" video.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Despite the overtones of a title like ''Music/HailToTheThief'', the band denies it refers to the 2000 presidential election. However, they ''did'' admit to the album being about the rise of the far right, among other things. Thom Yorke claims the title is a reference to a slogan that became popular after the 1888 US presidential election, which ended with an outcome similar to the 2000 election.
** Of course, Thom himself has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nHK9iqdoDo#t=319 stated otherwise]], leaving things a little ambiguous.
** "Karma Police" gets this sometimes, with its somewhat controversial lyrics ([[ThoseWackyNazis "arrest this girl, her Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill"]]).
* TheWoobie: Thom Yorke. He's had bouts of depression and anxiety throughout his career, and has recently divorced his wife of twenty-three years. Radiohead's music, the lyrics especially, stems largely from Thom's mental state. The disturbing/heartrending nature of much of his output has left as many fans concerned as fascinated.
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