* AcceptableTargets - Businessmen, yuppies, and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate figures]] are all sharply targeted in ''OK Computer''.
* {{Anvilicious}} - Yorke's politics tend to veer into this during interviews (and arguably on ''Hail to the Thief'').
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment - The drastic tempo change at the end of "Sit Down. Stand Up."
** The band likes incorporating weird in-jokes and [[SurrealHumor strange asides]] into their liner notes; the ''Hail to the Thief'' booklet features some of the strangest ("mmmmmooooree cooookieeeesssss...").
** The end of "Optimistic", where the tempo changes and the beat shifts to a jazzy feel for about half a minute before the song ends, completely unexpectedly.
* BrokenBase - ''Kid A'' was this initially, due to its GenreShift to electronica. It was VindicatedByHistory fairly quickly, as was ''In Rainbows,'' which initially received flak for being much more accessible and upbeat than previous albums. At the moment, ''Hail to the Thief'' and ''The King of Limbs'' are the only albums that fans can't agree on, and even then it's not so much the songs that are being contested but rather the length: ''Hail to the Thief'' is the longest Radiohead album to date, while ''The King of Limbs'' is the shortest. 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.
* 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 and 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.
* 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 '''especially''' "Lotus Flower".
* EnsembleDarkHorse - ''Amnesiac'' is probably the band's least-recognized album (well, except [[CanonDiscontinuity ''Pablo Honey'']], but that doesn't count) outside of the fandom, with critics preferring ''Kid A'' and mainstream audiences preferring ''OK Computer'' and ''In Rainbows'', but it's one of the most popular among the fandom. 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", and "Lotus Flower" are examples of Ensemble Dark Horses that transcended the fandom and become some of the band's most well-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 gorgeous, jangly riff that comes in about halfway through to excellent effect, helping give ''The King of Limbs'' the most upbeat ending to a Radiohead album yet.
** "Idioteque" and "Cuttooth" 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 - ''OK Computer'' was even more critically acclaimed than ''The Bends.''
** Depending on who you ask, ''Kid A'' may qualify as 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 - Subverted. The band has admitted that Thom has the most say in everything material-wise (although that seems to have changed recently). However, the other members, most notably Jonny Greenwood, have a sizable amount of the fanbase's and media's attention.
* FandomRivalry - With {{Music/Muse}} and {{Coldplay}}. An unusual example in that the feud is entirely one-way; Radiohead fans often dislike the aforementioned bands for what they perceive as a blatant FollowTheLeader in terms of sound and lyrics, while Muse and Coldplay fans don't really mind Radiohead. This tension has died down as of late due to Muse undergoing a genre shift and Coldplay becoming more experimental.
** Radiohead themselves have largely ignored the matter. When asked by one interviewer what he felt about beliefs that bands like Muse and Coldplay had become popular by sounding like Radiohead circa ''The Bends''-''OK Computer'', Thom simply replied "Good luck with ''Kid A''."
** {{Miley Cyrus}} [[SubvertedTrope 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]], [[MinorInjuryOverreaction 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, ''Pablo Honey'', with the exception of/particularly "Creep". Although "Anyone Can Play Guitar" and "Blow Out" are considered the best songs off the album--if you dislike "Creep". It's divisive like that.
* FriendlyFandoms - Radiohead and BoardsOfCanada have listed each other as influences, thus introducing fans of one to the other.
** Thanks to Thom Yorke's repeated collaborations with {{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. 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 Amnesiac b-side "Cuttooth," which was held off of the album at the last minute for reasons unknown- it seems Myxomatosis is about the record company forcing the band to remove Cuttooth from Amnesiac.
* HoYay - Oh boy. Aside from Colin's quote under BiTheWay, we also have this gem:
-->'''Thom''': The last time I was reeling drunk I made a fool of myself at a public party in Oxford two months ago. Colin and I started making out and it was fun. Colin is a rather good kisser. Did I just say that?
** 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]].
* HypeBacklash: Many people are sick of the obsession with the band, especially 'Kid A'.
* MagnumOpus - ''OK Computer'' by general consensus (''Kid A'' is also a candidate, along with ''In Rainbows''[[note]]Which was revealed as a sort of sequel/companion to ''OK Computer'', making sort of like MagnumOpus Part II.[[/note]] ).
* MainstreamObscurity - For all the critical acclaim their albums get, few people outside of the fandom are able to name any individual track from any of them (with the exception of maybe "Lotus Flower," thanks to MemeticMutation)--[[FanonDiscontinuity and "Creep" doesn't count.]] The flipside of this is that the fandom is so dedicated that they can name ''any'' track (well, any post-''Pablo Honey'' track, anyway) and are just as likely to love a rare b-side like "Cuttooth" or "Kinetic" as they are to love a hit single like "Paranoid Android" or "My Iron Lung."
* MemeticBadass - Bizarrely enough, a ''song'' example. "Burn the Witch," of which only a few seconds have been heard, is legendary among Radiohead fans and Thom has fed the flames by jokingly(?) telling the audience at a concert, after playing a few chords of it, that "this will all sound much better when it's played by the orchestra."
* MemeticMutation - After the release of the music video for "Lotus Flower", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n6ZvDmbFoU&feature=player_embedded 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&feature=player_embedded fun]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtC7mq9HWYk&feature=player_embedded 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&feature=player_embedded different]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B77s3x-XoY music]]. Heck the meme should be renamed Thom's dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCvc1eCZ_s&feature=related 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]].
* MisaimedFandom - "Nude" is interpreted by many as a love ballad when it's actually about [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]], or at the very least adultery.
** "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?'"
*** {{Grammar Nazi}}s?
** From "Go to Sleep": "This is hiiiiighly insulting´┐Ż"
** "You can try domestic ham, you can try domestic ham, domestic ham is good enough."
** "PENETRATION PENETRATION PENETRATION PE-NE-TRA-TION *moans*"
** "The phallic (?!), the vomit, the panic, the vomit..."
** A fairly popular one among the fandom for "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box:"
--> Aboriginal man, get off my cakes!
* MoralEventHorizon - [[TranquilFury "I Will"]] is Thom's reaction to one.
--> '''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, [[PapaBear 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 ''Film/AScannerDarkly''; its popularity among fans and newfound relevance during the recession eventually led to the band deciding to play it at concerts.
* OldGuardVersusNewBlood - Arguably, the most recent Radiohead albums have been trying to strike this sort of balance, with ''In Rainbows'' doing so successfully, ''Hail to the Thief'' perhaps less so.
* 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 {{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 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?pagewanted=1&ref=magazine&_r=0 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's about Thom's time spent working in a mental hospital.
** Another one that definitely fits is "A Wolf at the Door" which 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 the Internet 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. Fortunately, 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,'' ''Amnesiac,'' ''Hail to the Thief,'' and ''The King of Limbs.''
* SignatureSong - It's hard to say for sure here- "Creep" is Radiohead's most well-known song to the general public, but "Karma Police," "Idioteque," and "Paranoid Android" are much more popular among fans and frequently top 'best Radiohead songs' lists.
** "Lotus Flower" is rapidly becoming a contender.
* SophomoreSlump - Inverted with ''The Bends''.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel - ''The Bends'' is a '''lot''' more refined than ''Pablo Honey''.
** ''In Rainbows'' is generally considered to be far better than ''Hail to the Thief'' (which is generally considered to be good, but at the time had lead to fears that the band had become too self-indulgent).
* SweetDreamsFuel - "Worrywort."
** The sounds after "Motion Picture Soundtrack" are beyond heavenly.
** The bridge of "Reckoner".
* 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''.
* TrueArtIsAngsty
** Jonny Greenwood [[DiscussedTrope discussed this]] in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GR00I2X0l4&feature=related 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]]''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible - ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac'' are definite candidates. Thom denied that they were "trying to be difficult", however.
* UglyCute - The ''Kid A'' Bear and the Weeping Minotaur.
** Thom Yorke.
*** Actually, ''all'' the band members could probably qualify in some way or another.
* UncannyValley - The video for "Go To Sleep". Cue creepy CGI Thom.
** The cover art for ''The Bends''. What the fuck ''is'' that?
*** A photo of a medical dummy with Thom's face superimposed on it. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Thom wanted to use a photo of an iron lung, but misplaced it]].
** Another creepy CGI Thom shows up in a couple of Kid A blips--except it's only his [[ShoutOut head on a stick]] calmly gazing into space as digital snow falls on his face, making it twice as unsettling. Brrrrrrrr.
* VindicatedByHistory - ''Kid A'' got mixed reviews when it first came out, but now it's considered the best album of the '00s by many (albeit mostly due to Pitchfork's obsession with it).
** The band itself falls under this. When "Creep" was released they were quickly dismissed as a OneHitWonder, but steadily built up a fanbase with ''My Iron Lung EP'' and ''The Bends'', then proceeded to basically invent modern-day alternative rock with ''OK Computer.''
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical - Despite the overtones of a title like ''Hail To The Thief'', 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=5m19s stated otherwise]], leaving things a little ambiguous.
** "Karma Police" gets this treatment sometimes, with its somewhat controversial lyrics ([[ThoseWackyNazis "arrest this girl, her Hitler hairdo is making me feel ill"]]).
* TheWoobie - Thom Yorke definitely qualifies as a real life example. He was born with a paralyzed left eyelid, had botched surgery that lead to his droopy eyelid, was teased as a kid for having to wear an eyepatch ([[EyepatchOfPower of the non-powerful variety]]), had frequent bouts of self-destruction early in his career, and has had [[CreatorBreakdown bouts of depression]] more recently. Combined with his signature "polite" falsetto and [[LyricalDissonance scathing lyrics]], it's hard not to feel sorry for him--if you don't think he's a {{Jerkass}} for his distant attitude toward numerous other celebrities.
** He could very well be [[JerkassWoobie both at once]].