England. That's the place where history began. At least
the history of a band that would one day change the rock
music world. All 5 members of Radiohead - Thom Yorke (vocals),
Johnny Greenwood (guitar), Ed O'Brien (guitar and vocals),
Colin Greenwood (bass), and Phil Selway (drums), hail from
this English town.
composed of four members (take out Johnny Greenwood), the
band started off as On a Friday, playing gigs where they
could fit them in around their school schedules. Soon however,
young Johnny joined on harmonicas and the group was complete.
However, the band went it's separate ways when the members
went off to their respective colleges - after which they
reformed and took on the name Radiohead (after a Talking
Heads song "Radio Head."
band started playing small gigs and soon were offered contracts
from a multitude of labels. But it wasn't until Pablo
Honey's "Creep" hit the airwaves in 1993
that the band began it's rise to stardom.
many thought was destined to be a one hit wonder surprised
the world with it's sophomore album, The
Bends in 1995. Featuring such songs as "My
Iron Lung" and "Fake Plastic Trees," The
Bends was rock beyond what anyone had ever witnessed
and has since become an "essential" rock album.
brought about a leap forward in music when Radiohead released
their third studio album, OK
Computer. With aural landscapes and guitars that
did what no one had ever suspected, the band soon became
"the greatest rock band in the world." This instantaneous
rise in status was not without its downsides however, as
was documented in Grant Gee's Radiohead documentary Meeting
People is Easy.
once again the world waited for the new Radiohead sound.
This time eager to see if Radiohead could outdo themselves.
However, for their next release, Kid
A, Radiohead wasn't focusing on outdoing what they
had done before - they were interested in moving on. Filled
with electronic textures, disjointed horns, and buried vocals,
many weren't quite sure what to make of this "new"
Radiohead - until they took another listen.
of 2001, Radiohead released their follow-up to Kid A,
Described by some as a more accessible album, Radiohead
are set to overtake the world once again. A conquest which
can easily be won - if the world but listens.
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