Radiohead - good?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by MillwallShoes, Feb 25, 2013.


Radiohead - any good?

  1. Amazing

    25 vote(s)
  2. Good

    23 vote(s)
  3. Average

    7 vote(s)
  4. Poor

    1 vote(s)
  5. Shit

    6 vote(s)
  1. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Meh. It's tolerable I suppose.
  2. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I think the listener should be left with a bit of space to make up their own minds what to make of the song. Radiohead are emotionally dictatorial. Even something emotionally powerful like Billy Holliday's Strange Fruit gets you there with subtlety and finesse. Radiohead's emotional devices are obvious, blunt, direct and frankly just irritating. Same problem with Coldplay and James Blunt.
  3. MillwallShoes

    MillwallShoes Don't kill the Lion

    i didnt know yorke wore an earing
  4. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Comparing Coldplay and James Blunt to Radiohead. You were doing so well, too. The 'ironic listening' was a subtle masterstroke, but you went too far, too soon here.

  5. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    They are a very similar band to Coldplay. They're a more sophisticated band but the appeal is basically the same. I actually quite like the way Coldplay took this music and made stripped it of it's pretenses and made it pure pop. Compare!

    I think I give the edge to Coldplay on that one.
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  6. MillwallShoes

    MillwallShoes Don't kill the Lion

    yellow is a fantastic song. can't abide the later stuff though. so gooey
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  7. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Now you've slipped into outright trolling.

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I think it is difficult to say they are 'shit' or 'poor' but I don't like them. They can be more interesting than most MOR college boy pop/rock and they certainly aren't bad at what they do, I just don't like what they do.

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Did they name themselves after that Talking Heads song?
  10. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

  11. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Too ploddy as well. All the subtlety and detail from their first album has long since been discarded in favour of big, obvious bombast. That song Viva La Vida, there's nothing to it but jerky keyboard chords and an obvious vocal line. Effective I suppose, but there's nothing there that's actually interesting. If that song comes on the radio I won't be upset, but nor will I be sad when it's finished.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Possibly the worst song on the album.
  13. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    but the title makes for a good bandname...
  14. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

    why are you talking about fucking coldplay... or even putting thought into their music

    its shite end of story move on

  15. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    Coldplay are horrible. They (and also the likes of Travis) were inspired by Bends era Radiohead and made something uber boring from it. Radiohead have got more interesting as they've gone on and absorbed electronic influences. (I hardly ever listen to The Bends these days.)

    Another beaut...

  16. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I thought you thought that was what music was all about! :D Coldplay get a good commercial, catchy sound out of very little. Not many people can do that. I don't understand the offense being taken here.
  17. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Don't like many 'bands' but I do like them.
    They do interesting things with music, like Bjork.
    Would rather hear them than Coldplay or suchlike

    The poll should have been public! :mad:
  18. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

  19. catinthehat

    catinthehat Failed VK = Replicant

  20. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    I haven't paid them any attention for about 15 years, so I'm trying to do a quick catch up on them. The above was a bit saccharin for me but it's well crafted, they do seem to have got more interesting as they've aged. This is quite good if you ignore the vocals:
  21. butcher

    butcher boner at the ready

    Rich as Croesus but still fucking miserable, the cunts ought to cheer up now they can afford not to work and for a bunch of Ugs they should at least be able to get some fame hungry groupies to give 'em a sympathy shag....... but no they want to inflict their self centred whinings on the rest of us. Boo hoo.

    No I don't like em.
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  22. starfish

    starfish No dialogue. Just plot.

    Somewhere between good & amazing, maybe really good. Love The Bends one of my favourite albums, really liked Ok Computer, somehow missed Kid A & Amnesiac but got into them later then really really really liked In Rainbows.
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  23. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    this isn't really true, is it? radiohead always get album of the year here (in years when they have an album out), and are widely popular. iirc dubversion had a (very vocal) aversion to american beauty, but beyond him it isn't unusually disliked.

    tbh the only predictable thing about people's tastes on here is that someone will always pop up on threads like this whining that we're all inverse snobs. like you just did.
  24. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Prefer all their electronic stuff to the early couple guitar based albums tbh.. Loved 'The Kings of Limbs' and Yorke's solo album. All good.
  25. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    OK Computer is nigh-on perfect. I'm not a huge fan aside from that, but they certainly ain't bad by any stretch of the imagination.
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  26. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    I prefer the later stuff.

    Or the stupidly early stuff :D

  27. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Back when you didn't need to register to post to Urban my username was from an On a Friday song - Phillipa Chicken.

    I bought AMOK and Push the Sky Away on vinyl and limited edition CD this week

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  28. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Not entirely sure how my brain would have coped with Bush, Blair, the war on terror and Iraq without Hail to the Thief.
  29. billy_bob

    billy_bob contents may have settled during transit

    Well certainly I'm generalising. It happens here perhaps somewhat more than in other circles I've moved in.

    I think 'whining that we're all inverse snobs' is a bit strong. My first post on the thread was essentially "I like them but I can see why others might not". I'm the last person to look down on anyone over music tastes* - too many of my own supposed faux pas which I've now learnt to embrace, nay post, at every opportunity.

    *exception made for the Monobrowed Purveyor of Ultimate Filth** of course.

    **Chris de Burgh of course
  30. Johnny Vodka

    Johnny Vodka The Abominable Scotsman

    It's the attention to detail, really, particularly the percussion and the nagging guitar line. I read someone saying it's a near rip of the awesome 'La Ritournelle', but I'm not sure I quite agree. :hmm: 'Weird Fishes' was another fave from In rainbows.

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