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Radiohead — Videotape
Album: In Rainbows
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Released: 2007
Length: 4:30
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When I'm at the pearly gates
This'll be on my videotape, my videotape
Mephistopheles is just beneath
And he's reaching up to grab me

This is one for the good days
And I have it all here
In red, blue, green
Red, blue, green

You are my center
When I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape
On videotape
On videotape
On videotape

This is my way of saying goodbye
'Cause I can't do it face to face
I'm talking to you before

No matter what happens now
You shouldn't be afraid
Because I know today has been
The most perfect day I've ever seen
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 Kattw8 wrote:
make it stop!! I'm going to drive a pencil thru my ear

 

If this case, use PSD... And strop ruining other's pleasure !
I'm a fan, ...I like most Radiohead but I just don't know about the machine noises in this song. Kind of annoying for me.
 Kattw8 wrote:
make it stop!! I'm going to drive a pencil thru my ear
 
I'd say that was a bit of an overreaction. And so unpleasant . . .



(Me, I like pretty much everything Radiohead does.)

Unfortunately, the original demos of this song are far superior to what ended up on the album. Not a bad album closer, but could've been better.



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make it stop!! I'm going to drive a pencil thru my ear
 Fables85 wrote:

Still, I'll add my little can of gasoline to the fire and say that post OK-Computer is the real thing for me. Now, I can actually see where the haters come from but those who candidly admit liking Bends-era Readiohead and nothing beyond?? *scratchs head* Surely there's other bands who do that sort of thing better?! As per the claims of Radiohead going "off the wall once they got famous", pfffttt, I'm running out of time here.

 
Bends is something you can put on and enjoy the first time you hear it.  Everything after that took something of an acquired taste, but once it burrows its way into your brain, zOMG, it's amazing!

The only Radiohead album I don't care for is Amnesiac.  It's prolly about time to dust it off and give it another spin, but that one has never grown on me.

For all that yer man Yorke's voice is really irritating (to me, at any rate), the band itself is always instrumentally interesting and innovative. The percussion on this number is intriguing and really grabs the ear.
I love  these guys... I just can't help myself...
Ehhh.....   it just drones on and on

The constant quarrel of Radiohead lovers versus haters gets a little bit taxing here!

Still, I'll add my little can of gasoline to the fire and say that post OK-Computer is the real thing for me. Now, I can actually see where the haters come from but those who candidly admit liking Bends-era Readiohead and nothing beyond?? *scratchs head* Surely there's other bands who do that sort of thing better?! As per the claims of Radiohead going "off the wall once they got famous", pfffttt, I'm running out of time here.

Videotape, genius.


Ahhhhtrg Bloody Radiohead - thought I could hear a cat wailing...
9 just for the pleasure to let it grow on me

Too bad their art director doesn't know Roy G. Biv.
 Thistle wrote:


{#Iamwithstupid}
 

I'm not the one that can't spell.
 keller1 wrote:


We're Philistines.
 

{#Iamwithstupid}
Oh, I thought this was "Radiotape" by "Videohead" … or vice-versa. Not that Tapehead couldn't do a Radio Video! {#Tongue}


 Thistle wrote:

Ignore all the phillistines...
 

We're Philistines.
ya don't get it...do ya
Fecking brilliant.

RADIOHEAD RULES

Ignore all the phillistines...
Good transition, but still doesn't make up for that god awful version of High and Dry before
 keller1 wrote:
Decent rhythmic counterpoint (which, based on the vidoes I've seen, Phil Selway can't reproduce live), vocals less annoying than usual, and really monotonous.

5.

 
I take it back.  The vocals are as annoying as usual.


 lemmoth wrote:

If they could ditch Thom York they wouldn't be Radiohead dude. 

 
Good point, and fair play to ya. He does write decent enough songs, but his voice is just so weak and insipid and thin and plain whiney.

 k_trout wrote:
Italians say we in the US concentrate on the appearance of the fruit rather than the taste
this tastes really good to me
rock on
{#Cowboy}
 
ok, but this is a band from UK...

Decent rhythmic counterpoint (which, based on the videos I've seen, Phil Selway can't reproduce live), vocals less annoying than usual, and really monotonous.

5.


Italians say we in the US concentrate on the appearance of the fruit rather than the taste
this tastes really good to me
rock on
{#Cowboy}


 fredriley wrote:

If they could ditch Thom Yorke I'd start buying their albums, as the instrumentals on Radiohead numbers are the dog's bollocks. Yer man Yorke always makes me reach for a wet herring to slap him round the chops with. Interesting percussion in the background once his whining stops.

 
If they could ditch Thom York they wouldn't be Radiohead dude. 

 floydoftherocks wrote:
historically i'm a huge RH fan. the bends is my #1 recording of all time. incidentally, most of 'the bends' was really old music that they played at shows even before they released pablo honey. it is my understanding that superior studio production made 'the bends' what it is..

however, this track here sounds just like all the other, post-OK computer incoherent dribbles that they just seem to keep cranking out.. i don't get it nor do i particularly want to. i can't believe they expect people to pay $$$ for this. as i read somewhere (regarding Kid A) years ago, this is the inevitable result of too much money and everyone telling you you're a genius.

it would've been better off had they followed the leads of bands like pearl jam or REM, who did not go completely off the wall once they got famous.. but then again, I never had the impression that there was much mental power behind radiohead, so perhaps radiohead's 1st 3 albums were all they had and now they are all tapped out..

 
No you are not "historically a huge RH fan if you lost them after OK Computer (and I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you liked OKC) .  You have missed out on the most creative energizing force that has existed in the rock world for the last 15 years.

Sorry for you dude.

This is one fantasic album from an incredible band.  Don't ever stop growing RH.
 Leslie wrote:
Nice closing song to a great album.
 

When you think about it, pretty much every album, even Pablo Honey, has a solid closing song. I've always thought Radiohead saves some of the best stuff for the last track. It really leaves a mark when you finish an album listen.

Nice closing song to a great album.
historically i'm a huge RH fan. the bends is my #1 recording of all time. incidentally, most of 'the bends' was really old music that they played at shows even before they released pablo honey. it is my understanding that superior studio production made 'the bends' what it is..

however, this track here sounds just like all the other, post-OK computer incoherent dribbles that they just seem to keep cranking out.. i don't get it nor do i particularly want to. i can't believe they expect people to pay $$$ for this. as i read somewhere (regarding Kid A) years ago, this is the inevitable result of too much money and everyone telling you you're a genius.

it would've been better off had they followed the leads of bands like pearl jam or REM, who did not go completely off the wall once they got famous.. but then again, I never had the impression that there was much mental power behind radiohead, so perhaps radiohead's 1st 3 albums were all they had and now they are all tapped out..

 hcaudill wrote:
Wow, surprised to find so many Radiohead haters on RP.

For what it's worth, here's my journey with regard to Radiohead.

When I first heard them I couldn't stand them - mostly on account of Thom Yorke's voice. I even took the very unusual step, for me, of permanently deleting the audio files from my computer.

Two or three years later, two things happened: (a) I heard a couple of piano covers of Radiohead, in particular Christopher O'Riley's classical arrangement of "Exit Music" and Brad Mehldau's jazz trio cover of "Paranoid Android", that put these tunes in a different frame for me, if you will, and made me think of them differently; and (b) I learned that "OK Computer" was on the top of several reader polls and critics' lists of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Now, I'm not necessarily one to go along with the crowd, but I figured that where there's smoke there's a good chance of a fire, and that at least they deserved a new listen.

I now understand 100% why they've earned so much respect from so many wildly different quarters. Like a lot of other difficult music (see: Sigur Ros, late Coltrane), Radiohead's compositions reward multiple listens and a lot of concentration. Listen to it loud when you're alone and not doing anything else. It's not background music. It demands a lot from you. In return, you'll hear new things every time you listen to it.
 
Very well written. I had the same initial reaction to Radiohead and muted everytime they played on RP. Now they're one of my favourites.

I will definetely try to find the jazz covers you refer to.

The challenging, "difficult" music is usually the most rewarding in the end. The music that is immediately enjoyable is like candy, the flavour is soon gone.

Wow, surprised to find so many Radiohead haters on RP.

For what it's worth, here's my journey with regard to Radiohead.

When I first heard them I couldn't stand them - mostly on account of Thom Yorke's voice. I even took the very unusual step, for me, of permanently deleting the audio files from my computer.

Two or three years later, two things happened: (a) I heard a couple of piano covers of Radiohead, in particular Christopher O'Riley's classical arrangement of "Exit Music" and Brad Mehldau's jazz trio cover of "Paranoid Android", that put these tunes in a different frame for me, if you will, and made me think of them differently; and (b) I learned that "OK Computer" was on the top of several reader polls and critics' lists of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Now, I'm not necessarily one to go along with the crowd, but I figured that where there's smoke there's a good chance of a fire, and that at least they deserved a new listen.

I now understand 100% why they've earned so much respect from so many wildly different quarters. Like a lot of other difficult music (see: Sigur Ros, late Coltrane), Radiohead's compositions reward multiple listens and a lot of concentration. Listen to it loud when you're alone and not doing anything else. It's not background music. It demands a lot from you. In return, you'll hear new things every time you listen to it.


 fredriley wrote:

If they could ditch Thom Yorke I'd start buying their albums, as the instrumentals on Radiohead numbers are the dog's bollocks. Yer man Yorke always makes me reach for a wet herring to slap him round the chops with. Interesting percussion in the background once his whining stops.

 

Dog's bollocks ... wet herring ... oh my. English is so much better in England.

Incredible piece of music...
 Marley wrote:
A rude awakening after such a pretty Patty Griffin song. Once again...mute. Is this band ever going to break up??
 
If they could ditch Thom Yorke I'd start buying their albums, as the instrumentals on Radiohead numbers are the dog's bollocks. Yer man Yorke always makes me reach for a wet herring to slap him round the chops with. Interesting percussion in the background once his whining stops.

 horstman wrote:
My son (14 yrs old) has progressed through several bands, listening to most if not all of their music as he matures or absorbs their content.

It started with the Pogues, Clash, then Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Metallica (psuedo setback), and then Radiohead. As he matures as a young man, his music becomes more and more complex. It's neat to hear him try to play Radiohead on his guitar. I feel, in this regard, that I have steered him in the right direction.

He's a mouthy teenager, but that's okay, we all were at one point. But his musical taste is pure.

And for that I'm proud.{#Bananajam}

 
{#Notworthy}


My son (14 yrs old) has progressed through several bands, listening to most if not all of their music as he matures or absorbs their content.

It started with the Pogues, Clash, then Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Metallica (psuedo setback), and then Radiohead. As he matures as a young man, his music becomes more and more complex. It's neat to hear him try to play Radiohead on his guitar. I feel, in this regard, that I have steered him in the right direction.

He's a mouthy teenager, but that's okay, we all were at one point. But his musical taste is pure.

And for that I'm proud.{#Bananajam}

the first day the DL was available for this album, i DLed it and then mistakenly played this song first, having the song order completely backwards.  i thought, wow, what a weird song to open with.  this ought to be a closing song.  then i realized my mistake.  DOH!  XD 

just a lovely song.

i agree with an above poster though, i wish i could hear "15 steps" on this station.
Over the last 50 years I've seen the release of only a handful of truly great albums. Sure, lots of great music, but rarely a truly great ALBUM. Thick As a Brick, side two of Abbey Road, Pet Sounds. Albums that are greater than the sum of their parts.

For me, In Rainbows is quickly climbing into that rare air. Every time I listen to it, I like it more and more. I've never really been captured by anything Radiohead has done before, but this album is amazing. The rhythms that Phil Selway weaves in and out of the music, the guitar and bass magic of the Brothers Greenwood. And Thom Yorke's voice. Not really a great voice, I don't think. But no other voice in the world could so wonderfully meld all of those great songs into a great album.

Thanks, RP, for turning me on to a masterpiece.

This is trippin'
...what stuns is to hear the drummer play this sort of thing live - how, i've no idea...
Alto por favor.
Sounds a lot like Sigur Ros to me. I like it.
I havn't been sure about Radiohead since OK Computer.
Marley wrote:
A rude awakening after such a pretty Patty Griffin song. Once again...mute. Is this band ever going to break up??
Wha....??Huh?? Go away......
Waybo wrote:
LOVE this album and HATE this song. Play the first two songs on the album instead.
The first two songs ROCK. The remainder of the album is beautiful melancholia. RH does both quite well, IMO.
LOVE this album and HATE this song. Play the first two songs on the album instead.
Steve wrote:
It's a real headache generator. :frustrated:
Nope. This is just a band beside the mainstream. :curtain:
It's a real headache generator. :frustrated:
A rude awakening after such a pretty Patty Griffin song. Once again...mute. Is this band ever going to break up??
Haunting.
Gorgeous piano, vocal. A nice closer to this album.