Sunday Soundcheck: Set 032

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This week...


The King of Limbs - 2011

In Rainbows - 2007

Hail to the Thief - 2003

Amnesiac - 2001

Kid A - 2000

OK Computer - 1997

The Bends - 1995

Pablo Honey - 1993

Origin Point:
United Kingdom

Sounds Like:
Alternative Rock, Indie, Experimental, Progressive, Electronica, Post-Rock, Art Rock

Well, you were warned. Radiohead is certainly more recognisable than my last entry, Parliament Of Owls, unless you've spent the last twenty years living under a rock. In which case, welcome to the future! We've got little telephones that you can carry in your pocket, and everything.

I wasn't actually going to feature Radiohead, reasoning that they're probably one of the most renowned bands around. Then it occurred to me that it's probably only true for my generation, and that these days, for the younger readers, they might have a similar sort of mythical status that the likes of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin had for me when I was growing up. I knew they were important, but I'd never heard anything much by them.

For me, they've been mightily important for as long as I can remember. They're one of the first bands I was exposed to in the mid-1990s, and since then they have always been somewhere near the top of my own personal playlist of artists. That said, more often than not I prefer their album tracks to their singles: there's much more to their sound than what Creep or Karma Police could ever hope to express. Below is a selection of my personal favourites that I would recommend to anyone wanting a quick introduction to each album or facet of their sound: make of them what you will.

Pablo Honey: You, Blow Out
The Bends: Fake Plastic Trees, Black Star, Street Spirit (Fade Out)
OK Computer: Exit Music (For A Film), Let Down, Climbing up the Walls, Lucky
Kid A: Everything in its Right Place, How to Disappear Completely, Optimistic, In Limbo, Morning Bell
Amnesiac: Pyramid Song, I Might Be Wrong, Knives Out
Hail to the Thief: 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm), Sail to the Moon (Brush the Cobwebs out of the Sky), There There (The Boney King of Nowhere)
In Rainbows: Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, All I Need, Reckoner, Videotape
The King of Limbs: Codex, Give up the Ghost, Separator

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.

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limnides's avatar
Just. All of Kid A.