Day 119: Radiohead – OK Computer

27 Jun

The Tourist

Let’s go back to August 5, 2008.  It is the first day of Lollapalooza, featuring Jack White’s Raconteurs and Thom York’s Radiohead with their own respective headlining spots.  This is back when Lollapalooza was semi-capable of putting decent schedules together, so they had The Raconteurs close out the Budweiser stage—the second biggest—early, giving Radiohead an unopposed slot on the massive AT&T stage.  What did my dad and I do?  Well, we got as close as possible for The Raconteurs, being the Gillis fanboys that we are, and then left.  All we heard of Radiohead was the first few seconds of their opening song as we walked away from Grant Park.  On our way out, we passed people going into the festival for the first time that day.  We’re so hipster, we effing skipped Radiohead.

Does that make us “hipster,” though?  I’ve always believed that it just means we had common sense.  I can now confirm this opinion as cold hard fact after actually listening to a Radiohead record.

Radiohead is on the biggest pedestal imaginable in the indie rock world.  In the land of the jaded and unimpressible, the Thom York is king.  I’ve never understood why.  The songs that I’ve heard have been mediocre at best, like a less anthemic Muse.  Who wants that?  Muse is great because of its over-the-top-fight-the-power-capitalism-sucks-buy-our-major-label-releases insanity.  Take that away, and you’ve just got really boring, whiny, space rock.  You’ve got Radiohead.

Maybe I’m missing something in OK Computer.  Maybe I am dumber than all of you, and it’s going right over my head.  I doubt it though.  What I really think is going on is that all of you just suck. LUMI.

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5 Responses to “Day 119: Radiohead – OK Computer”

  1. Dave Chops June 28, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    I have no issue with your review. But DO give a listen to The Bends before you give up on Radiohead forever. Great album that is far more listenable (and hummable) than anything that they have put out since.

  2. elcheeserpuff June 28, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Maybe it’s something you had to live in to appreciate it? My brother pretty much worshiped these guys and he’s about ten years older than me. I felt pretty let down when I finally gave this album a listen (liked No Surprises best).

  3. Ty Jones June 28, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I loved this album! I remember when I first started listening to it. I had decided that I needed to listen to it when I heard there was a laser light show for this album at a planetarium side-by-side with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and figured if they were comparable enough to PF to make a laser light show with them, they had to be pretty good. Perhaps give In Rainbows a try? That one is pretty good. Reckoner is my favorite.

  4. Yuanny Dollar June 28, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Boldly striking the nail on the head. Good for you. As far as I’m concerned, you can draw a fairly straight line from Emerson, Lake & Palmer to Radiohead. What does that mean? It means that 20 years from now, Radiohead will only be valued for nostalgia as we remember how bad our taste was in the first decade of the new century. Anyone listened to the Nutrocker lately? That’s what I thought.

  5. Yuanny Dollar June 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Wow — four comments — a Swole Ear record I think. Make that five.

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