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Radiohead – The Daily Mail (2011)

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The Nigel Godrich-produced King of Limbs was the eighth studio album by Radiohead when they self-released it in February 2011. The band released no singles from the album, but supplemented it with a couple of extra double A-side releases – ‘Supercollider’ / ‘The Butcher’ and ‘The Daily Mail’ / ‘Staircase’ -later in the same year. I pull out the ‘The Daily Mail’ for its indictment of tabloid hysteria; again there is added poignancy today.

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9 of the best – sounds of nineties

Good morning. It’s a little bit later than normal but hopefully worth the wait. I participated in Portsmouth’s Great South Run yesterday, which was was celebrating its 30th anniversary with a 1990s party. It was fun, but no semblance of the decade’s best songs involved. I give you my favourite nine sounds in chronological order. I have to say this is by far the toughest best-of list that I’ve published… just look at the quality of sound that I demoted to honourable footnotes.

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (1991)

R.E.M. – Nightswimming (1992)

Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye (1994)

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (1995)

Oasis – The Masterplan (1995)

Sparklehorse – Cow (1995)

Radiohead – Let Down (1997)

Mercury Rev – Holes (1998)

Wilco – She’s A Jar (1999)


Honourable mentions also go to: Cocteau Twins for ‘Cherry Coloured Funk‘ (1990); Pulp for ‘Babies‘ (1992); Pavement for ‘In The Mouth A Desert‘ (1992); Blur for ‘To The End‘ (1994) and ‘The Universal‘ (1995); Beastie Boys for ‘Sabotage‘ (1994); The Flaming Lips for ‘Placebo Headwound‘ (1995) and ‘Race For The Prize‘ (1999); Radiohead for ‘Fake Plastic Trees‘ (1995); Red House Painters for ‘Have You Forgotten‘ (1996); Spiritualized for ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space‘ (1997); and Röyksopp for ‘So Easy‘ (1999).

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Radiohead – Creep (1992)


Radiohead are no fans of the track that started it all. ‘Creep’ featured on Pablo Honey and put them on the map with its breakthrough in the US. Thom Yorke apparently took to calling the song ‘Crap’ and at one concert in Montreal, he answered a fan’s song request by telling the crowd to “f*ck off, we’re tired of it”.  A nice problem to have.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1995

A compilation to get the ears humming this weekend. My favourite 9 sounds of 1995, the swansong year for Britpop. Needless to say, Oasis and Blur feature.

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

The Flaming Lips – Placebo Headwound

Oasis – The Masterplan

Underworld – Born Slippy

Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

Sparklehorse – Cow

Teenage Fanclub – Versimilitude

Blur – The Universal

Moby – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die


Honourable mentions also go to: Pavement for ‘We Dance‘; Yo La Tengo for ‘Blue Line Swinger‘; Ol’ Dirty Bastard for ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya‘; Rob Dougan for ‘Clubbed To Death‘; Sparklehorse for ‘Saturday‘; and Radiohead for ‘Planet Telex’ and ‘Street Spirit’.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1997

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite 9 sounds of 1997, bookended by Radiohead. There are no surprises there; I have showed some restraint by not featuring more of their work.

Radiohead – Airbag

Supergrass – Late In The Day

Yo La Tengo – Stockholm Syndrome

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

Embrace – All You Good Good People

Pavement – Stereo

Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space

Björk – Unravel

Radiohead – Let Down


Honourable mentions also go to: Radiohead for ‘No Surprises’; Radiohead for ‘Paranoid Android‘; Radiohead for ‘Lift‘; Supergrass for ‘Richard III‘; Spiritualized ‘Broken Heart‘; Yo La Tengo for ‘Autumn Sweater’; Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for ‘Into My Arms‘; Daft Punk for ‘Around The World’; NuYorican Soul (featuring Jocelyn Brown) for ‘It’s Alright, I Feel It!’ and The Notorious B.I.G. for ‘Mo Money Mo Problems‘.

I realise now that four albums – classic albums – were crowding out others from my ears in 1997.

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Radiohead – Lift (1997)


Good morning. We kick off today with Radiohead’s lost classic ‘Lift’. It was recorded during the sessions for OK Computer, but never made the grade. That’s not quire right of course, something that listeners can quickly appreciate. In fact, ‘Lift’ had been expected to be the first single from the album due to the band’s predilection for featuring it in their sets throughout 1996. Anthemic and melodic, the song perhaps fits better with the Radiohead in 1995, rather than 1997. It would have been huge, but these guys were perfectionists. Have a great week.


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Radiohead – Idioteque (2000)


And then on 2 October 2000, wiping more than their own slate clean, Radiohead released Kid A. Seven tracks in, there’s a break in the mysterious ‘In Limbo’ with all seemingly lost at sea, and out of the mist blasts ‘Idioteque’. Its sound is a wave of intelligent electronica pulsing against the rocks, while Thom Yorke delivers a haunting siren to suit. “Women and children first, And children first, And children.” This song mattered.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2001

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 2001 and in no particular order:

The Strokes – Hard To Explain

Ian Brown – F. E. A. R.

The Shins – New Slang

Daft Punk – Digital Love

Radiohead – Pyramid Song

Spiritualized – I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You

Lift To Experience – Falling From Cloud 9

Röyksopp ‎- Remind Me

The Strokes – Modern Age


Honourable mentions also go to: Weezer for ‘Island In The Sun‘; Zero 7 for ‘In The Waiting Line‘; Jay-Z for ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)‘; Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin for ‘Rippin Kittin‘; Daft Punk for ‘Veridis Quo‘; The Other People Place for ‘Let Me Be Me‘; Peter Yorn for ‘Strange Condition‘; Muse for ‘Bliss‘; Cannibal Ox for ‘Iron Galaxy’; Roger Sanchez for ‘Another Chance’; Radiohead for ‘Knives Out’; and Yann Tiersen for ‘La Valse d’Amélie‘.

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Augie March – The Hole In Your Roof (2000)



Augie March formed in Victoria, Australia, in 1996 when English major Glenn Richards got together with a group of fellow students, and between them they cooked up the Saul Bellow moniker. In 2000, Rob Dawson joined the band as a pianist and the band recorded their debut album, Sunset Studies. The Radiohead-influenced album was lauded by critics, but not so much by the record-buying public. ‘The Hole In Your Roof’ was the opening tack off the album. In January 2001, as the band were looking to work on a follow up, Dawson was killed in car crash.

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Radiohead – Pyramid Song (2001)



Melancholy channeling itself through ascending chords. It’s hypnotic, sweeping and a little trippy. It ends up in a sort of jazz-rock. This was Radiohead’s prog rock from circa 2000. At the time, it’s a well known fact that they considered releasing a double album, but then opted for two releases eight months apart – Kid A and Amnesiac. ‘Pyramid Song’ is the centrepiece of the latter.

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Radiohead – Let Down (1997)


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This time last week, I was amazed at having not posted a particular song – and so here I go again. Last month, at a gig in Madison Square Garden, NYC, Radiohead played ‘Let Down’ for the first time in a decade. Is it the best track off the best album ever produced? Arguably, yes. What cannot be disputed is that for one glorious moment, they were everybody’s benchmark.

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Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi (2007)


Radiohead 2007

Good morning. 10 years after OK Computer, Radiohead were back to their best with the release of In Rainbows. Featuring on the album after the brilliant ‘Nude’, ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ starts at a pace and builds into something quite magical. Have a great week.

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Massive Attack & Young Fathers – Voodoo In My Blood (2016)


Massive Attack & Young Fathers

Is it acceptable to use the phrase “trip hop” anymore? Undoubtedly the giants of the genre, Massive Attack are back and in collaboration with their anointed, young successors Young Fathers. Their new EP Ritual Spirit, features ‘Voodoo In My Blood’. As if to complete a loop, there are many echoes of Radiohead’s brand of trip hop within. But if the strobing sound is not to your taste, the video of Rosamund Pike is at the very least an eyeful.

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