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Radiohead — Let Down
Album: OK Computer
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 2064









Released: 1997
Length: 4:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Transport, motorways and tram lines
Starting and then stopping, taking off and landing
The emptiest of feelings, disappointed people, clinging on
To bottles and when it comes it's so, so, disappointing

Let down and hanging around
Crushed like a bug in the ground
Let down and hanging around

Shell smashed, juices flowing, wings twitch, legs are going
Don't get sentimental, it always ends up drivel
One day, I am gonna grow wings, a chemical reaction
Hysterical and useless, hysterical and

Let down and hanging around
Crushed like a bug in the ground
Let down and hanging around

Let down, let down, let down

You know, you know where you are with, you know where you are with
Floor collapsing, falling, bouncing back
And one day, I am gonna grow wings a chemical reaction (you know where you are)
Hysterical and useless, hysterical and (you know where you are)

Let down and hanging around, crushed like a bug in the ground
Let down and hanging around
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For the last 15+ years I have been saying that I consider this to be the most complete piece of contemporary music I have heard. Nothing has changed my mind in the meantime.

It's perfection.
 jmsmy wrote:
after 20 years and I still don't get it
 
 
I've recently started liking RH even more....just went +4 on this one to a 6...with more room to go....LLRP!!
I'm not their biggest fan but I simply cannot understand how anyone can mark this down.  Beautiful. 
 Synth80s wrote:
Maybe the best song on maybe the best album of the ‘90s
 

well, there're "No surprises" and "Karma Police" too, in that album...

Clearly Muse borrowed a thing or two from Radiohead
after 20 years and I still don't get it
 
One of my favorite songs by Radiohead
Was amazing, is amazing and will always be amazing.  What a song. What a record!
Man, I love it when the little synth arpeggio kicks in
We always love it when Bill plays one of our "wedding songs" but especially when it was recently our anniversary.
Maybe the best song on maybe the best album of the ‘90s
 maboleth wrote:

Yes, he's a typical radiohead fan in fact. Nothing to worry about, all normal.

 
I'll take one of these so-called typical Radiohead fans over the people who feel some curious need to expound at great length on their distaste for the band.
One of my favourite songs from my favourite band on my birthday. Thank you Bill and RP :) Cheers {#Bananajam}
Seldomly beautiful.
Great album overall.
Uploaded this to RP in 2005... Where has the time gone?  Volume way up.
Seldom performed in concert, we got lucky in Chicago at Lollapalooza this year. 
Genius. Layers, and layers of seeming ugly visions. Laid down in beautiful music.


 zurcronium wrote:
RH is a refined taste not for the riffraff. You either get it you do not. If you do then this song as with so many others from RH 
sound and feel incredible. For the rest, there is reggae and classic rock choices.  
 
Not at all for the riffraff indeed.  Surely they're more for the unique, impeccably cultured people who attend 50,000-seat arenas all over the world to see their shows, or the millions of refined, highly discerning gentry who buy their albums.  Wait, maybe you were just making a joke.
 Chrisjea wrote:

How much longer....I am 65 and fading

 
You are so right !
beautiful piece of music
 maboleth wrote:
Criminally overrated and overhyped band.
Please hire him at funerals. Class weeping, moaning and whining with his thin voice.

 
see Bill!!       This guy is so right - thxs
 kcar wrote:
Toots and the Maytals did it better. 

 
Abso"Freaking"lutely!!!
Great
 dwhayslett wrote:

Does the over-inflated impression of yourself come from listening to Radiohead too?

 
Yes, he's a typical radiohead fan in fact. Nothing to worry about, all normal.
I don't mind Radiohead in the abstract, but I had to take my headphones off for a few seconds and saw no particular reason to put them back on until the track changed.
 zurcronium wrote:
RH is a refined taste not for the riffraff. You either get it you do not. If you do then this song as with so many others from RH 
sound and feel incredible. For the rest, there is reggae and classic rock choices.  

 
Does the over-inflated impression of yourself come from listening to Radiohead too?
RH is a refined taste not for the riffraff. You either get it you do not. If you do then this song as with so many others from RH 
sound and feel incredible. For the rest, there is reggae and classic rock choices.  
Toots and the Maytals did it better. 
Criminally overrated and overhyped band.
Please hire him at funerals. Class weeping, moaning and whining with his thin voice.
 Aazara wrote:
It takes time and effort to really appreciate Radiohead. I know when a new album arrives I have to listen to it 7 or 8 times and then I love it forever. Try harder and you'll love them too. : )

 
How much longer....I am 65 and fading
These guys are just to frigging whiny.  Music is good, lyrics are just horrid and the delivery is piss poor.  Sounds like a teenage girl.
So hoping their upcoming album will be on par with this and In Rainbows?!  Fingers crossed...
 usajpl wrote:

Probably not, but does there need to be?

Just try a different artist if you need help pulling that knife away from your wrist.

 
I do try different artists and I often resort to PSD when RH and TY start droning. I have no knife at my wrist. The universe invented The Beatles, Santana, The Who and so on for high energy tracks but I'm puzzled that RH seems to not have composed at least a few upbeat songs to accompany its frequent dirge-like offerings.  
  kingart wrote:
I liked the music. Then I read the lyrics. 
Is this guy a chronic depressive?
Are there any upbeat tracks in the RH catalogue?
niccca wrote:

try In Rainbows album.

 
That album has some of the most depressing songs ever released. Beautiful, but lord almighty...
 MargaretRose wrote:
Definitely Godlike. {#Notworthy}
 
Hard to imagine how anyone could argue.  😎
Very Cool!
This is what things sound like when they wear out.
 kingart wrote:
I liked the music. Then I read the lyrics. 
Is this guy a chronic depressive?
Are there any upbeat tracks in the RH catalogue? 

 

 
Probably not, but does there need to be?

Just try a different artist if you need help pulling that knife away from your wrist.
 kingart wrote:
I liked the music. Then I read the lyrics. 
Is this guy a chronic depressive?
Are there any upbeat tracks in the RH catalogue? 

 

 
try In Rainbows album.
I liked the music. Then I read the lyrics. 
Is this guy a chronic depressive?
Are there any upbeat tracks in the RH catalogue? 

 
buggar, psd doesn't seem to work  {#Grumpy}
No volume loud enough.
He's still whining ...
Definitely Godlike. {#Notworthy}
 jules44 wrote:
This song is orgasmic!
 

 
Ditto....beautiful song.
This song is orgasmic!
 

 

Dislike - very much so!


It takes time and effort to really appreciate Radiohead. I know when a new album arrives I have to listen to it 7 or 8 times and then I love it forever. Try harder and you'll love them too. : )
Seems like this song gets heavy rotation on RP. Maybe it's just I notice it more because I don't like the song that much.
 finoufk wrote:


which ones are fantastic ?

 
15 Step
Weird Fishes
Subterranean Homesick Alien
Just
The Tourist
Lucky
Planet Telex

Depth + accessibility 
 CCinSB wrote:
Just so horrid.

 
No worries - the PSD button is just to the right of the PLAY button!  {#Yes}{#Stop}
Just so horrid.
Oooh! I really liked that transition from S. Earle's Transcendental Blues!  Well done Bill !  {#Clap}   .....uhm, MASTERFUL and BRILLIANT song this is, just to be clear about this tune.  ;-)
 MassivRuss wrote:
Tried... really tried... really I did. But what is the appeal of this poorly composed, droning dreck? And this was 15 years ago? Before they really ran out of ideas?

For a more professional analysis: https://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9786324/the-album-doctor-prescriptions-jay-z-adele-radiohead-more-artists-need-better-new-albums

"Still one of the most popular and respected rock bands going, Radiohead currently specializes in highly anticipated albums that people desperately want to hear exactly once. 2011's The King of Limbs was Radiohead's crowning achievement in this regard: It had its moments — the drum sound on "Little by Little" is nice — but in retrospect it seems weirdly predictable in its willful inscrutability. Let's be honest: After two decades of pushing at the boundaries of what stadium rock can be, Radiohead has fallen into a rut of self-consciously "difficult" laptop Muzak that sounds a lot less daring in 2013 than it did in 2000."

Simply because it is a "professional analysis" does not mean that the writer understands the point of the song, the band, the music, any of it. That is an opinion. My opinion is that this is a 10. Haven't thought too much about why I feel that way. 
Tried... really tried... really I did. But what is the appeal of this poorly composed, droning dreck? And this was 15 years ago? Before they really ran out of ideas?

For a more professional analysis: https://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9786324/the-album-doctor-prescriptions-jay-z-adele-radiohead-more-artists-need-better-new-albums

"Still one of the most popular and respected rock bands going, Radiohead currently specializes in highly anticipated albums that people desperately want to hear exactly once. 2011's The King of Limbs was Radiohead's crowning achievement in this regard: It had its moments — the drum sound on "Little by Little" is nice — but in retrospect it seems weirdly predictable in its willful inscrutability. Let's be honest: After two decades of pushing at the boundaries of what stadium rock can be, Radiohead has fallen into a rut of self-consciously "difficult" laptop Muzak that sounds a lot less daring in 2013 than it did in 2000."
 gillespp wrote:
For me, there are some Radiohead songs that are just fantastic, but others—like this one— 

"...are kind of a Let Down?"
I just love this song.
 gillespp wrote:
For me, there are some Radiohead songs that are just fantastic, but others—like this one—I just can't stand. I can take only so much.

 

which ones are fantastic ?
 leafmold wrote:
I have no idea what the lyrics are to this song, but love it anyway.

 
See the Lyrics button?
From 7 to 8!! {#Bananapiano}
Make it stop. I you want me to slit my wrists, play this song one more time! Just one more!
For me, there are some Radiohead songs that are just fantastic, but others—like this one—I just can't stand. I can take only so much.
Thanks for playing one of our wedding songs on our anniversary, Bill.
 unclehud wrote:
Man, these guys are NOT HAPPY.

 
You noticed? RH's music is very good, but they seem to be chronically forlorn. 
I have no idea what the lyrics are to this song, but love it anyway.
I've thought of this album as the 90's equivelent of Dark Side of the Moon ever since i first got hooked on it in '97 or 98... Brilliant album, hard to take any one song out. Should be listned to as a complete composition.
I agree wholeheartedly.  I was there, too, and we were culturally deprived by the whole "popular" music thing.  Creative depth like this was never heard among regular folks like us.  Obscure bands never made the Top 20 as we cheered the likes of Slade. Seeing Radiohead live in '97 changed my whole view of what music was about.  A lot of it was good fun in the '70's, but I am only now starting to appreciate some really diverse stuff.  Thanks RP, for enlightening me in my 50's.

Charlie_rijsel wrote:

I love Radiohead and this album is possibly their best - my view is that in future years this album will be viewed in the same light as 'Dark Side of the Moon' - I think they're way ahead of their time.

Every generation has the music of its time -then theres the music that lasts - the music with value.

I grew up in England in the 70s and amongst BayCity Rollers, Abba and Showaddywaddy I never did get to hear much Neil Young...

But when we hear 70s music now thats what we get to hear (mercifully)

 

This goes to 11.
The best Radiohead song ever.

Thom's new stuff all sounds the same to me.
Anybody heard "Judge, Jury, Executioner" by Atoms for Peace"? {#Snooty}
Sounds just like the last 3 albums he's put out.
 johnjconn wrote:
I laugh at publications like Spin, Rolling Stones, etc who rank the greatest rock bands all time. 
They typically say , Beatles, Stones, Elvis, Beach Boys, Clapton, Zepplin, Hendrix and so on.

Where I agree those are great bands, Radiohead tops all of them. 
Excellent band

 
I think you're trying to reach a new high in hyperventilating hyperbole. 

After one deducts points for the often semi-intelligible lyrics delivered by Yorke's thin, off-key voice, and the moony and sometimes torpid arrangements, I must admit that you are absolutely right, they're a great band.  
 

I love Radiohead and this album is possibly their best - my view is that in future years this album will be viewed in the same light as 'Dark Side of the Moon' - I think they're way ahead of their time.

Every generation has the music of its time -then theres the music that lasts - the music with value.

I grew up in England in the 70s and amongst BayCity Rollers, Abba and Showaddywaddy I never did get to hear much Neil Young...

But when we hear 70s music now thats what we get to hear (mercifully)


Man, these guys are NOT HAPPY.
This whole album is a 10. One of the few albums I still listen too over and again.
Best song on their best CD.
10.  {#Cowboy}
Not very memorable for Radiohead.
 arserocket wrote:
I just can't get enough of his voice - I could listen to him solo
 
And fingernails on a blackboard get you really going, huh? {#Fight}
I just can't get enough of his voice - I could listen to him solo
{#Whisper}  Pssst - Radiohead bites.

More Aimless noodling in support of Thom Yorke's truly dreadful vocals.
That last verse just kills me every time.

Best song on an album of straight tens.
 hatechris wrote:
Is this stationed owned by Radiohead? If not, they should buy it so they can play even MORE Radiohead. That would be hard to do but maybe they could eliminate everyone else completely and just play Radiohead. I like Radiohead but I have a CD I can play.
 

More Radiohead is what I say.
The more you listen to this one, the higher your rating will get. I've max'ed out
Sublime
Brilliant...Beach Boys meets Pink Floyd with Opera-man.
 
 Reckoner978 wrote:
Codex earlier this morning, now Let Down... fantastic selection for today Bill!  Thanks on behalf of all Radiohead fans {#Notworthy}
 
{#Yes}
Codex earlier this morning, now Let Down... fantastic selection for today Bill!  Thanks on behalf of all Radiohead fans {#Notworthy}
aspicer wrote:
Suddenly feeling MUCH better by the moment!
 
{#Yes}
I am not an animal...
Suddenly feeling MUCH better by the moment!
 leafmold wrote:
Pushed this up to a 10.
 
I was about to do the same and found that I'd already rated it a 10.
Pushed this up to a 10.
 paloeguevo wrote:
Makes me proud that I will be able to tell me sons that I bought this Cd the week it was released.
 
Oh yeah, I can say I never bought it, lol but it's become the unsurpassed milestone for most of the bands nowadays
Makes me proud that I will be able to tell me sons that I bought this Cd the week it was released.
 hatechris wrote:
Is this stationed owned by Radiohead? If not, they should buy it so they can play even MORE Radiohead. That would be hard to do but maybe they could eliminate everyone else completely and just play Radiohead. I like Radiohead but I have a CD I can play.
 

ok - so in the last hour only - Radioparadise - the most amazing rock and roll based radio station ever has played the following artists:

Norah Jones, Dire Straits, Vieux Farka Toure, Buddy Holly, Cracker, Wilco, Elliot Smith, The Slow Show, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Theivery Corporation, U2, Silverspun Pickups, Tom Petty and yeah, Radiohead.

So hugely popular and/or critically acclaimed acts from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90. 00's plus four more recently active bands I never would have heard of except for RP.

Dude - if you don't love the variety of this radio station go find something else.
Is this stationed owned by Radiohead? If not, they should buy it so they can play even MORE Radiohead. That would be hard to do but maybe they could eliminate everyone else completely and just play Radiohead. I like Radiohead but I have a CD I can play.
 drfeeleygood wrote:
Can't think of a better song to illustrate the alienation that living in the 21st century can impose.
 
wow. so true.
Gee, it kinda grows on you. 
 valeriogonzalez wrote:
Best Radiohead song ever!
 
This song just crept up on me - thought I was still listening to a really nice left turn at the end of Robbie Robertson's 'Straight Down The Line'.
No. Just another incredible segue I feel I have to tell someone about. 
Best Radiohead song ever!
OHHHHHH.  makes for a great night.  {#Guitarist}
I listened to this song four times today. I hadn;t heard it in years...and now it's on RP. Stay out of my head, Bill!
 LizK wrote:
Ah, Radiohead. Ah, Radiohead.  A band  that I wasn't familiar with until I met up with RP.  Now I'm in love. {#Jump}  {#Sunny}  {#Hearteyes}
 
How I envy you for the new found love! I fell in love with them when I first heard The Bends , and my entire world  changed with OK Computer.... it has only been getting better and better since!
 rdo wrote:
<>BIG SNIP > You preside here as our bully-in-chief.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the ultimate effect of your little reign of terror is that, with your impressive command of phrase and erudition, you squelch commentary.   We know of course that you do it literally, that can be demonstrated, yet the more damaging consequence is that you do it preemptively. You are guilty of abusing others if they don't subscribe to your rather perverse notions about propriety and politics.  You are the consummate shusher.  Thus, we are left with page upon page of what amount to not much more than dry exhibitions of virtuosity, riddled with arcane vocabulary, from the Nottingham factory.  So, as you have a penchant for making up the rules for the rest of us, I have a new rule that I would like to hereby espouse, following your supreme example: 
 
Flames via PM, please. Personal abuse is off-topic, and boring to other board denizens. You plainly have 'personal issues' with me, so take them up with me, not with innocent bystanders. As for the accusations, they make me chuckle: "reign of terror " - ROTFL! {#Roflol}

I've written before and I'll do it again: if I get, say, 10 folk telling me to STFU, I will. It's no skin off my nose not to post here. I'll count you as number 1.
Can't think of a better song to illustrate the alienation that living in the 21st century can impose.
 LizK wrote:
Ah, Radiohead. Ah, Radiohead.  A band - now don't throw stones or pillows - that I wasn't familiar with until I met up with RP.  Now I'm in love. {#Jump}  {#Sunny}  {#Hearteyes}
 

Welcome to the club!
 rdo wrote:
 
 

Although I think slinging the abuse-label "troll" around at other commenters is a classic Internet bully tactic, practiced by delusional, self-appointed arbiters of propriety like you, Fred, I must abandon my policy on this occasion.   A troll, properly defined, would be a person who deliberately spoils the discussion for others by detracting from it with repetitive, negative comments that add no value.  For example, someone who hates cooking yet who frequents a cooking web-site and writes only about how much they hate cooking and how stupid everyone else is for liking cooking.  We don't really have any commenter like that here at RP.  People frequently post about songs or bands they don't like, but since there is no implied obligation to like every song or band, it's OK.  Only if someone didn't like music altogether, or more specifically, the music played here, on this station, and then posted comments to that effect on a regular basis, would they be worthy of such opprobrium. 

The only case I can think of at RP in which someone perhaps is worthy of such opprobrium is you, Fred, in relation to Radiohead.  Radiohead is probably the most frequently played band here and enjoys the highest ratings of almost any.  You don't like them, and you feel compelled to let the rest of us know about that over and over again.  Your posts are repetitive and, strictly speaking, don't add anything of constructive value.  Normally, I would defend your right to comment in that matter, if only as a matter of freedom of expression.  Often, it is a good thing to go against the majority, against the mob mentality, if you will.  But I think it is fair and accurate to point out the hypocrisy that exists in your case; because you are so fond of leveling the troll accusation at others. 

You preside here as our bully-in-chief.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the ultimate effect of your little reign of terror is that, with your impressive command of phrase and erudition, you squelch commentary.   We know of course that you do it literally, that can be demonstrated, yet the more damaging consequence is that you do it preemptively. You are guilty of abusing others if they don't subscribe to your rather perverse notions about propriety and politics.  You are the consummate shusher.  Thus, we are left with page upon page of what amount to not much more than dry exhibitions of virtuosity, riddled with arcane vocabulary, from the Nottingham factory.  So, as you have a penchant for making up the rules for the rest of us, I have a new rule that I would like to hereby espouse, following your supreme example:  

Don't feed the Fred.

 



 
I'd like to borrow Fred's literal squelch button to use on a few other commenters.  That sounds really nifty.

Also, while he may sound like a broken record when it comes to TY/Radiohead, he's no worse than any other user who has a negative comment in every song by a particular artist.  I think you're making too much of a nothing-thing.  Unless that trout slapping photo deeply offended you in a very personal way, in which case I apologize for trivializing your trauma. :(
 handyrae wrote:

But what do you do in today's world when so many songs are downloaded without lyrics?

 
And there are dozens of lyrics web sites, every recorded band has a web site or Facebook page with lyrics?  Is that what you mean
Making the road trip to Atlanta for tomorrow night's show. Can't wait!

turning it up to 11!!!  {#Cowboy}




marvelous...  love it...

 
Still interesting and enjoyable all these years later...
Ah, Radiohead. Ah, Radiohead.  A band  that I wasn't familiar with until I met up with RP.  Now I'm in love. {#Jump}  {#Sunny}  {#Hearteyes}


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
Drifty, contemplative, tune.
Need to comment just to get the idiot fish picture moved down on the cue!  Amazing tune from one the best albums EVER made!
 fredriley wrote:
(sigh) 8 songs, 50 minutes, nowt above Ho-Hum. Maybe that makes up for the times RP plays such good songs back to back that I daren't even go to the toilet.

As for yer man Thom Yorke, he still needs slapping across the chops with a wet fish.


  
 

Although I think slinging the abuse-label "troll" around at other commenters is a classic Internet bully tactic, practiced by delusional, self-appointed arbiters of propriety like you, Fred, I must abandon my policy on this occasion.   A troll, properly defined, would be a person who deliberately spoils the discussion for others by detracting from it with repetitive, negative comments that add no value.  For example, someone who hates cooking yet who frequents a cooking web-site and writes only about how much they hate cooking and how stupid everyone else is for liking cooking.  We don't really have any commenter like that here at RP.  People frequently post about songs or bands they don't like, but since there is no implied obligation to like every song or band, it's OK.  Only if someone didn't like music altogether, or more specifically, the music played here, on this station, and then posted comments to that effect on a regular basis, would they be worthy of such opprobrium. 

The only case I can think of at RP in which someone perhaps is worthy of such opprobrium is you, Fred, in relation to Radiohead.  Radiohead is probably the most frequently played band here and enjoys the highest ratings of almost any.  You don't like them, and you feel compelled to let the rest of us know about that over and over again.  Your posts are repetitive and, strictly speaking, don't add anything of constructive value.  Normally, I would defend your right to comment in that matter, if only as a matter of freedom of expression.  Often, it is a good thing to go against the majority, against the mob mentality, if you will.  But I think it is fair and accurate to point out the hypocrisy that exists in your case; because you are so fond of leveling the troll accusation at others. 

You preside here as our bully-in-chief.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the ultimate effect of your little reign of terror is that, with your impressive command of phrase and erudition, you squelch commentary.   We know of course that you do it literally, that can be demonstrated, yet the more damaging consequence is that you do it preemptively. You are guilty of abusing others if they don't subscribe to your rather perverse notions about propriety and politics.  You are the consummate shusher.  Thus, we are left with page upon page of what amount to not much more than dry exhibitions of virtuosity, riddled with arcane vocabulary, from the Nottingham factory.  So, as you have a penchant for making up the rules for the rest of us, I have a new rule that I would like to hereby espouse, following your supreme example:  

Don't feed the Fred.

 



 Hannio wrote:
They have computers in Oklahoma?
 

Explain.
The greatest song ever!
malisimo