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Radiohead – Idioteque (2000)

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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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Augie March – The Hole In Your Roof (2000)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Radiohead – Airbag (1997)

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OK Computer redefined rock music. Previous Radiohead album The Bends had been a quantum leap for their own sound, but two years later, nothing had prepared the listening hordes for what followed next. The opening track ‘Airbag’ jumped on stage like an “an interstellar burst” and Thom Yorke was “back to save the universe” with jingle bells, layers of trip hop and Phil Selway’s drum loops. Have a great week.

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Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees (1995)

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I have a tendency to talk about the 1990s with some nostalgia. ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ is a touchstone for those memories. Radiohead was at risk of being branded a one-hit wonder after the immense success of  the single ‘Creep’ – a grungy calling card. Perhaps it bred resentment, because the band came out fighting with a staggering retort – the epic The Bends. ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ is the torch song at the centre of the album. Many listened, enjoyed and did something about it. Coldplay formed a year later. Have a great weekend.

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Roy Harper – Me And My Woman (1971)

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‘Me And My Woman’ completes Roy Harper’s breakthrough album Stormcock, released on EMI. 1971 was the year of Led Zeppelin IV, Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Pink Floyd’s Meddle. Despite the high bar, Stormcock stands cheek by jowl with its formidable contemporaries. Harper’s sound manages to be both acoustic and progressive. And as if you needed any more proof than this song, Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes have spoken of the influence that the album has had on their work. What’s more, the first part sounds more than a little like Radiohead’s ‘How To Disappear Completely’.

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Aphex Twin – Alberto Balsam (1995)

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A year before DJ Shadow brought a new depth to progressive house music, and two years before Radiohead revolutionised progressive rock music, Richard D. James of Aphex Twin was out there. Released on Warp Records in 1995, ‘Alberto Balsam’ is the type of atmospheric layered sound that is just begging to be listened to in a large pair of cans.

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The Beatles – Sexy Sadie (1968)

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The video of Spoon’s ‘Do You’ immediately reminded me of the one made for ‘Karma Police’. In turn, the Radiohead track has always drawn thoughts of ‘Sexy Sadie’ – it’s that piano work. The keyboard riff originally existed as part of the fifth track on side three of the Fab Four’s white opus The Beatles. Enjoy the masters at work.

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The Police – Bring On The Night (1979)

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A last bit of nostalgia before we kick on with things next week… I’ve been relistening to quite a bit of Radiohead’s In Rainbows this week. It has struck me how much the guitar work on ‘Reckoner’ is like Andy Summers’ elaborate playing on ‘Bring On the Night’. The song featured on The Police’s 1979 long player Reggatta De Blanc. Andy Summers – there’s a name from the past. Have a great weekend.

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Radiohead – Nude (2007)

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Radiohead made a lot of news for business rather than art on release of In Rainbows, their seventh studio album. Its pay-what-you-want release seemed to muddy the inevitable quality of the product. Listening to the strings and soul guitars on ‘Nude’, you get the sense that they were nearing the source of what they were about.

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Vib Gyor – Red Lights (2009)

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Radiohead and Keane, you say. The Leeds/Barnsley-based band Vib Gyor is no more, but while they were in the mix, they were travelling down a musical path successfully trodden by the likes of Keane, Coldplay and early Radiohead. Off their 2009 long player We Are Not An Island, ‘Red Lights’ is full of an assortment of moody vocals, guitars, piano and syncopated drums that you would expect in the wake if such a statement. But it’s the intimacy of the song that warrants its place on this blog. And it’s certainly a lot more catchy than their choice of obscure band name. Unlike Prefab Sprout and Procol Harum, it did not work for them.

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Sigur Rós – Gong (2005)

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An interlude. I came to Sigur Rós late through their first release for a major label, Takk. And while the long player is more famous for some of its instantly recognisable singles (i.e. ‘Hoppipolla’, Glósóli, Sæglópur), it is ‘Gong’ that I choose for its strings, Jonsi’s indecipherable Hopelandic lyrics and a blended Radiohead-Keane complexity. A sheer wonder, much like the album, from whence cometh this masterpiece.

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