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Radiohead — 15 Step
Album: In Rainbows
Avg rating:
7.3

Your rating:
Total ratings: 711









Released: 2007
Length: 3:52
Plays (last 30 days): 0
How come I end up where I started?
How come I end up where I went wrong?
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
You reel me out, then you cut the string

How come I end up where I started?
How come I end up where I went wrong?
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
First you reel me out and then you cut the string

You used to be alright
What happened?
Did the cat get your tongue?
Did your string come undone?

One by one
One by one
It comes to us all
It's as soft as your pillow

You used to be alright
What happened?
Et cetera, et cetera
Fads for whatever
15 steps, then a sheer drop

How come I end up where I started?
How come I end up where I went wrong?
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
You reel me out, then you cut the string
Comments (83)add comment
 Alexandra wrote:
As a former elementary teacher, I have to say that the sample of kids cheering periodically in this song was the BEST sound one could ever hear in a primary-grade classroom!

 
I love this comment. {#Sunny}
 westslope wrote:

Not fond of this one at all.  Don't particularly like Talking Heads, Houses in Motion much either.

But then I would be extremely disappointed if RP with its eclectic music mandate and historical range did NOT play lots of music by both these bands.   The talent is obvious; the positive critical reception and enthusiastic following are well known.  

And FWIW, I never use the PSD function.  I want the DJ to play stuff that stretches me and that means the odd song that annoys me.  

Lord knows, some of my favourite music irritates others, profoundly.  

 
Bravo - well said Westslope

Every song ain't for everyone, but I think most of come here for the unrivaled variety
As a former elementary teacher, I have to say that the sample of kids cheering periodically in this song was the BEST sound one could ever hear in a primary-grade classroom!
Sounds like a fever feels.
 aspicer wrote:
313 votes right now out of 498 place this between 8-10 by mostly knowledgable and discerning music aficionados.  Um - enough said.

 
Not fond of this one at all.  Don't particularly like Talking Heads, Houses in Motion much either.

But then I would be extremely disappointed if RP with its eclectic music mandate and historical range did NOT play lots of music by both these bands.   The talent is obvious; the positive critical reception and enthusiastic following are well known.  

And FWIW, I never use the PSD function.  I want the DJ to play stuff that stretches me and that means the odd song that annoys me.  

Lord knows, some of my favourite music irritates others, profoundly.  
I know Thom York took Radiohead off at a tangent after OK Computer, but depending on your mood, they can still arouse feelings deep in your musical soul that so many bands simply cannot do. The later stuff reminds me of Talk Talk. Can't tell you why exactly, just does. I guess they both pushed the boundaries a bit, and that's never a bad thing.
 crogers wrote:

I'd like to propose a new rule:  Anyone rating any Dylan song higher than a 3 should be disallowed from complaining about anyone's voice.  Can't have it both ways, mate.  It's why you'll never see a sewer worker walking into someone's kitchen to say, "What's that awful smell?" 

 
I heard a sewer worker say that just a few days ago - apparently he didn't like the smell of chicken korma.
 trevc wrote:
Radiohead would be far better with a decent singer. Good otherwise.

 
I'd like to propose a new rule:  Anyone rating any Dylan song higher than a 3 should be disallowed from complaining about anyone's voice.  Can't have it both ways, mate.  It's why you'll never see a sewer worker walking into someone's kitchen to say, "What's that awful smell?" 
 aspicer wrote:
313 votes right now out of 498 place this between 8-10 by mostly knowledgable and discerning music aficionados.  Um - enough said.

 
There's never enough said. Period. Case closed.
Radiohead would be far better with a decent singer. Good otherwise.
Amazing one. The pulse stays in mind forever.
I dunno I just like this a lot.  Many would not agree but tough titties.
 

 dwhayslett wrote:

You should also remember that your not liking it doesn't mean it's bad.

 
No, but the fact that it's bad causes me not to like it (and he's still whining).
 
 hanssachs wrote:

Could be, but he's still whining ... remember kidz - just 'cos it's popular, doesn't mean it's good!

 
You should also remember that your not liking it doesn't mean it's bad.
Same old song, different whine.
 hanssachs wrote:

Could be, but he's still whining ... remember kidz - just 'cos it's popular, doesn't mean it's good!

 

I'm a big Radiohead fan. But this song? Meh . . .
 aspicer wrote:
313 votes right now out of 498 place this between 8-10 by mostly knowledgable and discerning music aficionados.  Um - enough said.

 
How do you know those 313 folks (presently 336 out of 525) were all "knowledgable(sic) and discerning music aficionados" and not at least partially comprised of some hoodwinked simpletons whose aesthetics are defined by popular opinion and/or the opinions of others?  Anyhow, good tune.
 aspicer wrote:
313 votes right now out of 498 place this between 8-10 by mostly knowledgable and discerning music aficionados.  Um - enough said.

 
Could be, but he's still whining ... remember kidz - just 'cos it's popular, doesn't mean it's good!
Bizarre mix of love it and hate it.  Drum 'n' bass percussion not too pleasant to my ear.
313 votes right now out of 498 place this between 8-10 by mostly knowledgable and discerning music aficionados.  Um - enough said.
uhm... isn't this the end credits song form Twilight? {#Shifty}
 Rotterdam wrote:
A solid 9 from me. Very interesting from every standpoint.

 

And that's just the tip...of the iceburg ;)  Chilling thought, I know..
A solid 9 from me. Very interesting from every standpoint.
 subgyro wrote:
Amazing amount of negative comments for a song with an average rating of 7.5, which I guess would be Most Likeable? I guess we Radiohead fans don't need to defend Thom and the boys.

Sure had me chair-dancing like a maniac at the computer... solid solid 9!
 
It may also be Quite Excellent. 

Haters will hate, but its the ratings that (mostly) dictate the tunes played here by Bill. Apart from a few notable exceptions, songs that have a low rating are usually culled from playlists. 

But how marvellous that this challenging and excellent piece is played here. Hurrah!
Genius. I adore the bass riff. 
Very nice!
Amazing amount of negative comments for a song with an average rating of 7.5, which I guess would be Most Likeable? I guess we Radiohead fans don't need to defend Thom and the boys.

Sure had me chair-dancing like a maniac at the computer... solid solid 9!
OUCH! It hurts to rip off my earphones that fast! PSD is just too slow sometimes.
Canned Heat without the groove- really awful music
But mostly, really, what makes this SUCK is Yorke's so-called voice.  {#Moon}
Had an amazing experience with this in Amsterdam last week. 2 drummers and at least 15,000 bouncing, stomping steps!
 MassivRuss wrote:
Bleh. Hm, maybe a decent drum track, that could fit under a hundred other arrangements, but most of this is just hookless, minimalist noodling.  Ooo look, layers of found sound - Beck did it better 20 years ago. And then, ahem, but Yorke's voice is one of the most grating sounds in the musical universe.
 
That's a funny joke.
Bleh. Hm, maybe a decent drum track, that could fit under a hundred other arrangements, but most of this is just hookless, minimalist noodling.  Ooo look, layers of found sound - Beck did it better 20 years ago. And then, ahem, but Yorke's voice is one of the most grating sounds in the musical universe.
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 juanos wrote:

I am so with you... some people take me as illiterate but... I just cant' seem to understand what's so good about radiohead... I can count with the fingers of one hand the RH songs that I kind of tollerate and still have 3 or 4 fingers to spare!... 
  
I guess there is no accounting for musical taste.  Some have it, while some (like you) do not. 

Where I come from, this is what we call hitting below the belt. Allow other people their opinions. We don't need a Taliban mentality when it comes to matters of taste.


 jr2571 wrote:

Everyone is always afforded their opinion, but RadioHead is one of the most influential and talented music groups of the past 20 years.  They definitley have a sound that I can see some not being into, but I so love this band- they give me hope for music. Play on.......

 

I totally agree with you, but many people don't see it that way.

Everyone is always afforded their opinion, but RadioHead is one of the most influential and talented music groups of the past 20 years.  They definitley have a sound that I can see some not being into, but I so love this band- they give me hope for music. Play on.......


 juanos wrote:

I am so with you... some people take me as illiterate but... I just cant' seem to understand what's so good about radiohead... I can count with the fingers of one hand the RH songs that I kind of tollerate and still have 3 or 4 fingers to spare!... 
 
I guess there is no accounting for musical taste.  Some have it, while some (like you) do not. 
Radiohead is pure effin genius.
 modemhead wrote:

The mute function does not suffice here, the audio player must be stopped.  Somehow the fact that a stream of data is still being assembled into its insidious ear-fouling analog, unheard but lurking below the thin membrane of a silicon junction, is just too disquieting for me.
 
I am so with you... some people take me as illiterate but... I just cant' seem to understand what's so good about radiohead... I can count with the fingers of one hand the RH songs that I kind of tollerate and still have 3 or 4 fingers to spare!... 
 xtalman wrote:
Okay I have figured out what it is about these guys that drive me to the mute button, the lead singers voice just is grating on my nerves.

Musically they are good and unique it is just York's voice that is terrible.  I guess it could be worse, it could be autotuned. 
 
The mute function does not suffice here, the audio player must be stopped.  Somehow the fact that a stream of data is still being assembled into its insidious ear-fouling analog, unheard but lurking below the thin membrane of a silicon junction, is just too disquieting for me.
Saw RH just recently. So Awesome! They did a great job with this!!{#Dancingbanana}
 socalhol wrote:
Whoa!  Thanks people who posted the You Tube video of 2009 Grammys — I missed that the first time around.  Very cool!  Now it makes me want to see Tusk — maybe there's a video for that too?  My recent favorite was when James Durbin on American Idol performed Muse-Uprising with a marching band (well not a whole band).
 
Thank you greedy corporate assbags for blocking that link in the US.  I hate American Idol, but I love Muse and I was in marching band in high school, so I was really interested in seeing it.

It isn't like they didn't make enough money off it the first time, and I highly doubt that you will ever see American Idol on DVD.  At least I hope not, watching that show once is bad enough... 
Now I remember why this album was free and I still haven't listened to it in ages. Must we have the ping pong table back in the recording studio.  I know other people liked it on OK computer but really?  Somewhere buried under a mountain of crap I kind of suspect there may be a half way decent song but I can't drown out the rest of the annoying noise to hear it.
 DaveInVA wrote:
Sounds like they are imitating Robert Plant imitating Prince 
 
Hilarious & right on if you think about it! thanks for making me laugh!

Okay I have figured out what it is about these guys that drive me to the mute button, the lead singers voice just is grating on my nerves.

Musically they are good and unique it is just York's voice that is terrible.  I guess it could be worse, it could be autotuned. 
"You used to be alright ............................. what happened?"
Turn it up loud :) 
Brilliant
Whoa!  Thanks people who posted the You Tube video of 2009 Grammys — I missed that the first time around.  Very cool!  Now it makes me want to see Tusk — maybe there's a video for that too?  My recent favorite was when James Durbin on American Idol performed Muse-Uprising with a marching band (well not a whole band).
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHS3ci9H_Uc
Sounds like they are imitating Robert Plant imitating Prince 
 hcaudill wrote:

Heh:

11:05 am Radiohead - 15 Step
11:03 am Elvis Costello - 13 Steps Lead Down 

Maybe next time Bill will take this a bit further:

Nick Lowe: 12-Step Program
Throwing Muses: Two Step
Faithless: One Step Too Far
Grateful Dead: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo 

 


Heh:

11:05 am Radiohead - 15 Step
11:03 am Elvis Costello - 13 Steps Lead Down 

Maybe next time Bill will take this a bit further:

Nick Lowe: 12-Step Program
Throwing Muses: Two Step
Faithless: One Step Too Far
Grateful Dead: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo 


 sailorgirl wrote:

I think you mean 5/4 time, and, having been in a marching band myself, it WOULD have been tricky to learn!!...well, march to anyway...

 
Ah yes, the marching band days.  4/4 was easy as most music is written in 4/4.  3/4 was a bit of a challenge.

Of course, I was a percussionist, so there is an argument that was frequently made that we didn't march at all, just walking around the field with heavy drums on.

WOW this actually sounds CLEVER!!!!!! Bit of a throwback to Pablo Honey with all the guitars..
 cvandoren wrote:

I remember some sort of interview with the marching band about how hard this was to learn because it was in 4/4 time (if I have that correct).  I thought that was kind of cool.

 
I think you mean 5/4 time, and, having been in a marching band myself, it WOULD have been tricky to learn!!...well, march to anyway...

Zeppelin may be amazing.  Zeppelin may have been around first.  But Radiohead to some - including myself - are absolutely brilliant.  This track is no exception.

 malvey254 wrote:


As if the studio version wasn't awesome enough, they were able to recreate this amazing song with just Johnny on guitar and a marching band.

Radiohead - 15 Step (Grammys 2009)

jen | MySpace Video
 
I remember some sort of interview with the marching band about how hard this was to learn because it was in 4/4 time (if I have that correct).  I thought that was kind of cool.

Just because it's Radiohead doesn't mean this is an automatic 10.  In fact, I'm shocked this has more 10's than say a rarer Led Zep track played here. 

7 at best for me, what's so special about this track?
RadioHead continues to reinvent themselves and there sound.....truely a unique album.

Yes Stingray, you are viewing, so you stay very "best in photography" to make comments on this record. (Now, whenever you are angry with you girlfriend, hypothetical, you come here to release your frustration, hate to write in red ink, so there)



Hello RP-Listeners!

I wish all of you "MERRY CHRISTMAS",
wherever you are - whoever you wanna be!

Christmas is a sweet-naive tradition -
not a religious event! 

I like it anyway!

Still - I hope Bill takes the chance
to rock the christmas-tree to pieces tonight!

"Happy Christmas
your "BAD SANTA",
aka STINGRAY
-from Cologne/Germany-
PS
Sermon of the day (promise: I'm serious):

The "Three Wise Men" - Melchior, Balthasar + Caspar
are buried in a golden sarcophage in"our" dome, the famous 
"Cologne dome" - the third highest church-building
in the world - right in the very centre of town, next to the Rhine.
A gothic building of extra-class!

Have a look:
https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Koelner_Dom_bei_Nacht_1_RB.JPG&filetimestamp=20060517174554

The "grave" for the non-believers:
https://www.koelner-dom.de/17450.html?&L=1

+

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_the_Three_Kings


 xtalman wrote:
This really is annoying, I rarely mute but this just got hit by the old mute button.
 

It's useful to remind myself that the diversity of taste and opinion is what makes the RP community so interesting.

{#Think}
 Jelani wrote:
After checking the marching band version, I have to say I think that it's much more impressive/moving than this studio version, though I do like both.
Can someone fill me in on the Lindsay Buckingham comment? 
 
It was Lindsey Buckingham's idea for Fleetwood Mac to perform his song Tusk with the USC Marching Band, way back in 1979. . .


After checking the marching band version, I have to say I think that it's much more impressive/moving than this studio version, though I do like both.
Can someone fill me in on the Lindsay Buckingham comment? 
This really is annoying, I rarely mute but this just got hit by the old mute button.
 Stingray wrote:
The British Paul Auster's of music!
 
That's interesting; I don't think I've ever seen or heard any musician or band compared to Paul Auster.   Not that your comparison is inaccurate — he's just kind of a unexpected person to bring up.  I've barely heard any mention of Mr. Auster since the early 1990's.


The British Paul Auster's of music!
 keller1 wrote:


Lindsay Buckingham is a friggin genius.
 
Hahaha, I checked...and YES, it was the USC Marching Band! Wow, I have to agree, I like this version better than the recorded, electronic version. Of course I love marching bands.
 keller1 wrote:


Lindsay Buckingham is a friggin genius.
 
Too funny. . .

I love this entire album.
 malvey254 wrote:


As if the studio version wasn't awesome enough, they were able to recreate this amazing song with just Johnny on guitar and a marching band.

Radiohead - 15 Step (Grammys 2009)

jen | MySpace Video

 

Lindsay Buckingham is a friggin genius.


As if the studio version wasn't awesome enough, they were able to recreate this amazing song with just Johnny on guitar and a marching band.

Radiohead - 15 Step (Grammys 2009)

jen | MySpace Video



I think I like the Grammy live version better than the CD. Not too bad either way. Nice pairing with Elvis Costello Bill ;-)
This is a great track & was brilliant when I saw them live{#Dancingbanana}
 MojoJojo wrote:

I was just thinking about the same thing.  Another possibility is he heard it multiple times before it came on here and had already developed a well considered opinion.
 
It's more fun to just assume he is a tool, so I'm gonna go with that. 
 

For consideration:  read the string and ask yourself just who the "tool" is here.


 chirpie wrote:
I'll bet that first "1" rating was from someone's hatred of the band vs the merits of digesting the song on it's own.

A 1? Really, that's just knee jerk.
 
I was just thinking about the same thing.  Another possibility is he heard it multiple times before it came on here and had already developed a well considered opinion.
 
It's more fun to just assume he is a tool, so I'm gonna go with that. 


 chirpie wrote:
I'll bet that first "1" rating was from someone's hatred of the band vs the merits of digesting the song on it's own.

A 1? Really, that's just knee jerk.
 

Not true, there are Radiohead songs I really like. It was more a reaction to the song itself, especially the way it begins.

It's a dark day. My first rating of 1 on RP.

Judging by the previous comments, I'm going to get crucified for this. Have mercy, just being honest...
I'll bet that first "1" rating was from someone's hatred of the band vs the merits of digesting the song on it's own.

A 1? Really, that's just knee jerk.
If I hadn't heard it, it's new to me.  Snappy indeed.

One of my favorites from In Rainbows. . .

9

snappy!
Wow....I really like this