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Radiohead — Subterranean Homesick Alien
Album: OK Computer
Avg rating:
8.1

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Total ratings: 3744









Released: 1997
Length: 4:20
Plays (last 30 days): 4
The breath of the morning, I keep forgetting
The smell of the warm summer air
I live in a town where you can't smell a thing
You watch your feet for cracks in the pavement

Up above, aliens hover making home movies
For the folks back home
Of all these weird creatures who lock up their spirits
Drill holes in themselves and live for their secrets

They're all uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight

I wish that they'd swoop down in a country lane
Late at night when I'm driving
Take me on board their beautiful ship
Show me the world as I'd love to see it

I'd tell all my friends but they'd never believe me
They'd think that I'd finally lost it completely
I'd show them the stars and the meaning of life
They'd shut me away
But I'd be all right, all right
I'm all right, all right

I'm just uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Comments (693)add comment
 lizardking wrote:

Or, like Bob Seger said in "Against the Wind" - "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." 

And I'm going +1, calling this a 9, as I recently acquired this (and several other) RH discs, and I'm (22 years later) starting to dig the band a lot!  Long Live RP!!
 
Thank you, dear royal reptile for that cool Seger quote!!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I wish I could go back to 1997 and start again.

I would do things differently in my life knowing what I know now and while I was at it I would appreciate Radiohead when they were current rather than looking back 22 years.
 
Or, like Bob Seger said in "Against the Wind" - "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." 

And I'm going +1, calling this a 9, as I recently acquired this (and several other) RH discs, and I'm (22 years later) starting to dig the band a lot!  Long Live RP!!
This whole album is genius!
 baddog8it wrote:
Not feeling/hearing the attraction to Radiohead...
 
Yeah, some people don't "get" Radiohead. Quite sad really.
This one gets a 10.  The best song by one of the most powerful, beautiful, and technically sophisticated bands in rock and roll.
"I live in a town where you can't smell a thing"

"Show me the world as I'd love to see it"
Not feeling/hearing the attraction to Radiohead...
Godlike, at least.
de sporadische '10'... timeless
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I wish I could go back to 1997 and start again.

I would do things differently in my life knowing what I know now and while I was at it I would appreciate Radiohead when they were current rather than looking back 22 years.
 
I hear you! Mind you, the sad thing is that if we're still around we'll be telling ourselves the same thing in twenty odd years.
And also, better late than never man!!


I wish I could go back to 1997 and start again.

I would do things differently in my life knowing what I know now and while I was at it I would appreciate Radiohead when they were current rather than looking back 22 years.
 Synth80s wrote:
Nothing on this album rates below a 7 or 8, IMO.
 

We agree...
The term soundscape comes to mind...
21 years old !!!! My oh my. Genius.
 adib wrote:
I only gave this a 9.  
I don't dish out many 10s, but really, what was I thinking?  
Now corrected to the 10 it rightly deserves.
 
Well I will bump my rating of 8 and take your vacant 9 rating slot!
I only gave this a 9.  
I don't dish out many 10s, but really, what was I thinking?  
Now corrected to the 10 it rightly deserves.
I always travel to another place with this one!
Be nice for this track to be followed by Have You Seen the Stars Tonight by Jefferson Starship
Sonic magic
 coloradojohn wrote:
The intensity is too much for some, but there really is electronic, sonic, & semantic magic going on in this and many Radiohead songs.

 
No. The main culprit isn't the music but his "odd" voice, to say at the very least. Simply put, when I hear him, my hand does PSD for me.
The intensity is too much for some, but there really is electronic, sonic, & semantic magic going on in this and many Radiohead songs.


Going good with my Ginger Kombucha and chocolate.
A little bit overplayed, IMO
Then I'm radio and, then I'm television.
Rumor now is new album will be released in June - fingers crossed!
 Skydog wrote:
i'm not knocking Yorke's vocals, plenty has been said about that
but wouldn't it be great to listen to this album without the lead vocals
maybe keep the background vocals 

 
I'm uncertain whether you asked a question or not. If you did, my answer is NO!
i'm not knocking Yorke's vocals, plenty has been said about that
but wouldn't it be great to listen to this album without the lead vocals
maybe keep the background vocals 
Probably my favorite Radiohead song.
2 good songs on this album..the rest is forgettable and i really did try to like it !{#Frustrated}
  YESSS !!! {#Cheers}
This was the one that hooked me, and not just because of the titular nod to Dylan.  Couldn't stand Creep, but a good friend sent me a Maxell C90 with The Bends on one side and OK Computer on the other, along with a request to give them another chance.  They've done great work since, but OKC remains their masterpiece to date (and The Bends their best 'guitar' album).
                                Neil, an alien.
                     Jackpot,Cracks in the pavement.
             My memory is short, and my fuse at he fire side.
                And I need to find what to do with the money.


 Jelani wrote:
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?

 
No, but that's a fine suggestion for next up.
dammit I just totally love this, absolutely beautiful.. {#Music}
Thanks for knocking me off my ordinary, everyday path.
Thanks a lot.
lots of radiohead the last days.
more than usually.
fits my mood...
thanks!!
 BBoyes wrote:

Worked for me.

 
One of THE best albums ever made - numerous journalists would/do agree.  Not that that means much necessarily but relevant probably!
this track is growing on me - don't know much Radiohead stuff, only those tracks played on here!
 Kaw wrote:

I don't do drugs. Drugs are bad. Baaaaaad.
But 2 beers in a quiet and lonesome place works too in my experience.

 
Yes agree, beer is a beautiful drug, sometimes.
"Hell I'd go."

-- Dan Hicks 
... was waiting for Radiohead...
{#Notworthy}
best in class
 dragon1952 wrote:
I will buy this based on this track.

 
Worked for me.
I will buy this based on this track.
 caatgrrrl wrote:
Ok computer must be listened to in full.  Preferably stoned.  The beginning of the end of the album.
 
I don't do drugs. Drugs are bad. Baaaaaad.
But 2 beers in a quiet and lonesome place works too in my experience.
Ok computer must be listened to in full.  Preferably stoned.  The beginning of the end of the album.
I love this song, love hearing Radiohead on the radio.  This album would be my favourite of theirs.
 averybadcat wrote:
if i listen to this one my whole weekend will evaporate. preemptive PSD
 
Is this a bad thing?
if i listen to this one my whole weekend will evaporate. preemptive PSD
does anybody hear some YES from the album Tormato, specifically the song Arriving UfO
The flow from PT to this was sooo smoooooth.  Thanks Bill!
 ick wrote:
I don't often listen to Radiohead, but when I do I listen to "OK Computer".  Stay weird my friends.

 
ha, you got that right..
I love songs that take me on a trip. 10.
 fedtho wrote:

I guess I'm finally starting to get your thing, Lazarus... After reading about 99 of your comments stating
"Everybody in my church loves this song... we be dancing..."
...or ANY possible combination of the first and the second half PLUS a lot of others I can't recall right now
{#Bounce},

I finally discover the very first variation on your Mantras with a dozen words used in other heavily RE-occuring combinations.

I'm guessing (just guessing, right?) that if you combine all your elemental praising formulas in one single comment,
you must REALLY be into that song (as opposed to ALL the others you just 'like (a lot?)'...?) - which is cool, because I am too {#Cool}

Now if I'm completely besides the point, anyone please explain Lazarus' heart to me, I'd be really grateful {#Daisy}

 
No, you are spot on. I think??
I don't often listen to Radiohead, but when I do I listen to "OK Computer".  Stay weird my friends.
 rdo wrote:

Singing on key is what you want?  Try Bruno Mars.   This is the big leagues, buddy.  Take that bush league crap outta here.  You are not living up to your handle "King of art"

 
Kinda mean and unnecessary.
Green ink does not flow in my veins, so I  find this just average.
The lyrics are good, and delivery quite good - but it's the music and its production. Atmospheric but structured. That great 3/4 sway to it.
 Lazarus wrote:

Speaking honestly from my heart and kidneys, all I humbly ask for from everybody on the planet is unbridled unabated unquestioning unconditional adulation and worship...  considering how humble and special I am, is that too much to ask?

Hope life is grand for you right now, fedtho...

this song is marvelous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves it...

 
all i want is (are) anchovies on my Caesar... and. apparently, that's often too much to ask
 Lazarus wrote:

Speaking honestly from my heart and kidneys, all I humbly ask for from everybody on the planet is unbridled unabated unquestioning unconditional adulation and worship...  considering how humble and special I am, is that too much to ask?

Hope life is grand for you right now, fedtho...

this song is marvelous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves it...

 
Seems reasonable. Enjoy.
 fedtho wrote:

I guess I'm finally starting to get your thing, Lazarus... After reading about 99 of your comments stating
"Everybody in my church loves this song... we be dancing..."
...or ANY possible combination of the first and the second half PLUS a lot of others I can't recall right now
{#Bounce},

I finally discover the very first variation on your Mantras with a dozen words used in other heavily RE-occuring combinations.

I'm guessing (just guessing, right?) that if you combine all your elemental praising formulas in one single comment,
you must REALLY be into that song (as opposed to ALL the others you just 'like (a lot?)'...?) - which is cool, because I am too {#Cool}

Now if I'm completely besides the point, anyone please explain Lazarus' heart to me, I'd be really grateful {#Daisy}
 
Speaking honestly from my heart and kidneys, all I humbly ask for from everybody on the planet is unbridled unabated unquestioning unconditional adulation and worship...  considering how humble and special I am, is that too much to ask?

Hope life is grand for you right now, fedtho...


this song is marvelous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves it...
 ShaunJ wrote:
Jelani wrote:
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?

 
Nope, but if you try hard enough you will probably convince yourself {#Cheesygrin}



 
Too funny.  

I don't even see any of the Beatles psychedelic era in this song.  Certainly not obvious to me.
Jelani wrote:
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?

 
Nope, but if you try hard enough you will probably convince yourself {#Cheesygrin}


 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
I guess I'm finally starting to get your thing, Lazarus... After reading about 99 of your comments stating
"Everybody in my church loves this song... we be dancing..."
...or ANY possible combination of the first and the second half PLUS a lot of others I can't recall right now
{#Bounce},

I finally discover the very first variation on your Mantras with a dozen words used in other heavily RE-occuring combinations.

I'm guessing (just guessing, right?) that if you combine all your elemental praising formulas in one single comment,
you must REALLY be into that song (as opposed to ALL the others you just 'like (a lot?)'...?) - which is cool, because I am too {#Cool}

Now if I'm completely besides the point, anyone please explain Lazarus' heart to me, I'd be really grateful {#Daisy}
 MassivRuss wrote:

The opening hook? That's it? That's all there is to this number. One 10 second hook. Then Yorke opens his mouth. And the song's ideas end.

 
You forgot to qualify that...'in your opinion'.

There. sorted.
 moodfood wrote:
the intro to this song never gets old, always puts me in the right place... {#Music}

 
The opening hook? That's it? That's all there is to this number. One 10 second hook. Then Yorke opens his mouth. And the song's ideas end.
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?
 kingart wrote:
For once, I unreservedly like a RH cut. The band is rocking and not trying to stay out of a black vortex. And I don't mind that Yorke just can't sing on key.  

 
Singing on key is what you want?  Try Bruno Mars.   This is the big leagues, buddy.  Take that bush league crap outta here.  You are not living up to your handle "King of art"
a flat ten. for years now.
{#Yes}  {#Notworthy}     .... a definite 10 
Such a good song and such a good band. The band I can listen to long time but the singer only in fairly short shifts.
the intro to this song never gets old, always puts me in the right place... {#Music}
Probably one of the 10 best songs ever written and performed. Period.
 kingart wrote:
Both of your comments are quite funny. But it's time for Preparation Rock and Roll. Radiohead seldom delivers that. 


MassivRuss wrote:
Such a nice opening riff... and then Yorke's rectal itch of a voice. Time for Preparation PSD.

  
Such a nice opening comment...and then your rectal itch of a complaint for something you don't get. Time for Volume Increase!




 

 Funny, and not a personal attack in sight!  There is still hope for the world.  Volume up!
Both of your comments are quite funny. But it's time for Preparation Rock and Roll. Radiohead seldom delivers that. 


MassivRuss wrote:
Such a nice opening riff... and then Yorke's rectal itch of a voice. Time for Preparation PSD.

  
Such a nice opening comment...and then your rectal itch of a complaint for something you don't get. Time for Volume Increase!



Not a huge Radiohead fan, but this song is simply a masterpiece!
 MassivRuss wrote:
Such a nice opening riff... and then Yorke's rectal itch of a voice. Time for Preparation PSD.

 
Such a nice opening comment...and then your rectal itch of a complaint for something you don't get. Time for Volume Increase!
{#Devil_pimp} 
Such a nice opening riff... and then Yorke's rectal itch of a voice. Time for Preparation PSD.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
 ThePoose wrote:
 Lazarus wrote:


I live in a church now...  everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Including the bats in your belfry...
 

{#Lol}   Okay, I get a kick out of Romeotuma/formermember/Lazarus, but, ThePoose, you've outdone yourself.
 funkyalfonso wrote:


Bill, this is spooky. I just posted the above and the next song turned out to be Gorillaz. I mean.....what's going on?

 
Just reading your mind.
 funkyalfonso wrote:



Always inspiring. Like Damon Albarn they continually move on and explore new musical posibilities.  Happily there is a long list of musicians who do the same.
P.S. Why no Bob Dylan references to the title? 

 

Bill, this is spooky. I just posted the above and the next song turned out to be Gorillaz. I mean.....what's going on?



Always inspiring. Like Damon Albarn they continually move on and explore new musical posibilities.  Happily there is a long list of musicians who do the same.
P.S. Why no Bob Dylan references to the title? 


 
Lazarus wrote:


I live in a church now...  everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Including the bats in your belfry...


I actually STILL get chills when this song comes on.....! {#Notworthy}
watching for cracks in the pavement . . .
 MassivRuss wrote:
This is such a good song, any of a dozen other bands could've come up  with it. At least It's not actively awful like most of the other narcissistic navel-gazing that passes for "songs" in RH's catalog. It's actually got structure and movement. But it's just ordinary and lots of other artists are in the same clubhouse.

 
Russ - What a disappointing comment.  I usually check the comments when my favourite band is played to read the "MassivRuss's blind-Radiohead-hate".   {#Crashcomp} 

Usually, it is a predictable drone about how over-rated and untalented this guys are that I thought was pre-determined before you heard the song for the first time.  This review is almost neutral and makes me think that you actually might listen before rating everything they do a 1. 
My aural crush on Thom is undeniable and unabated...
 
even after all these years. 
 VH1 wrote:
I used to like them, but since they being played von RP EVERY day at least 10 times, I cant stand it no more!

 
4 times last 30 days...


This song is great!  
Once again, this song came along and took my mind out for a mad bit of a dizzying spin, as it did the first and as it does every time amen.
I used to like them, but since they being played von RP EVERY day at least 10 times, I cant stand it no more!
What a segue: from Procupine Tree - Stars Die to this. Great way to start a Monday, after watching Schindler's List on the weekend with our 15-year old daughter and trying to answer a lot of "why" questions. This song fits my surreal/spacey mood perfectly.
For once, I unreservedly like a RH cut. The band is rocking and not trying to stay out of a black vortex. And I don't mind that Yorke just can't sing on key.  
Blows my mind, every time.  Possibly my favorite song ever.
 jimmpypowder wrote:
possibly the most underrated song in Radiohead's entire catalog .

this song is a 10 !!

 
Couldn't agree more!!
possibly the most underrated song in Radiohead's entire catalog .

this song is a 10 !!
And then we go here.{#Music}
Everybody in my head loves this song
 maxmox wrote:
Wow, your room must be the BIG one the top floor, right? Plenty of room for the punters...........
 

I live in a church now...  everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 aspicer wrote:

Exactly - simply brilliant!
 
Delicious.
The guitar tone is fab: reed-thin with max treble, loads of reverb, some echo, and maybe a slow phase shift thing ...?
 Euskadita wrote:
Very few songs better than this.
 
Exactly - simply brilliant!
Very few songs better than this.

a perfect 10 {#Cowboy}


Love this one.
{#Mrgreen}
Hurrah for Radiohead! This tune blew me away in '97, and things got even more interesting after this album... Plenty of imagination and passion - colossal  {#Yes}
Nauseous on a tilt-a-wheel
I appreciate your inspired apathy for one of my favorites from Radiohead. Hope you're able to continue living with the same fervor!
This is such a good song, any of a dozen other bands could've come up  with it. At least It's not actively awful like most of the other narcissistic navel-gazing that passes for "songs" in RH's catalog. It's actually got structure and movement. But it's just ordinary and lots of other artists are in the same clubhouse.
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song, and this whole album...

 
 

Wow, your room must be the BIG one the top floor, right? Plenty of room for the punters...........
Thanks, Bill
This song makes me daydream...and have hard time waking up :)
 michaelgmitchell wrote:

 
It's Freddie Mercury trying to charge up his epic mustache.
 
Amazing song. Back then I did not pay much attention to Radiohead because of the too many times "I am a creep" was played on the radio (this was before the days of RP...) but they are truly great.
GARBAGE IS ALL i HEAR?
gotta add another gush - THIS is what makes them so fk'n great....could die listening to this and be totally happy....
 Marzz_13 wrote:
Quite possibly the best song to have on when driving fast down the road on a starry summer night with the windows down. Love it!
 
Abso-fkn-lutely - well said.


 romeotuma wrote:
I'll dance to this... 
 

 nigelr wrote:
Any Buckley influence here?
 
Spot on...