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Radiohead — Separator
Album: The King Of Limbs
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 1664









Released: 2011
Length: 5:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's like I'm falling out of bed
From a long and vivid dream
The sweetest flowered fruits are hanging from a tree
Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me
It's like I'm falling out of bed from a long and vivid dream

Just exactly as I remember
Every word
Every gesture
I've my heart in my mouth

Like I'm falling out of bed
From a long and vivid dream
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

As that woman blows my cover
In the eye of the beholder
I'm a fish now out of water

Falling off a giant bird that's been carrying me

I fell open
I laid under
At the tip out
I lost your number

I wanna slip it over
And get back under
And if you think this is over then you're wrong
If you think this is over then you're wrong

''(Wake me up, wake me up)''
If you think this is over then you're wrong
''(Wake me up, wake me up)''
If you think this is over then you're wrong

''(Wake me up, wake me up)''
Like I'm falling out of bed from a long and vivid dream
''(Wake me up, wake me up)''
Finally I'm free of all the weight I've been carrying

When at last you give in
When at last you give in

''(Wake me up, wake me up)
(Wake me up, wake me up)
(Wake me up, wake me up)
(Wake me up, wake me up)''
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 kcar wrote:
Carmen Suite No. 2 (Bizet) --> Separator (Radiohead)  =     x  10^9 . 

<snip>
 
That's a whole lot more "I don't like Radiohead" than seems warranted.
The best part about this song is the cover art.
longer this song plays the lower myrating...currently at a 4  and dropping
 Sasha2001 wrote:
With each album they've pushed themselves in new directions musically. Radiohead's 1995 album "The Bends," is only eclipsed as the best album of the 90s by their 1997 album "Ok Computer."
 
Thanks for your explanations. I'm currently listening to "The Bends" and it's great! I still can't stand "Separator", but that may come in time... :)
Carmen Suite No. 2 (Bizet) --> Separator (Radiohead)  =     x  10^9 . 




Even segue gods throw a dud now and then. And that's OK...



 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
I am loving the minimalist and subtle nature of this track anew. It's been a while since I heard it and boy, it hits the spot today. 

Just my 2 Squidsworth
 
Agreed, I'm liking RH more, so I'll take your 2 squid and Bump my 5 rating to 7, Long Live RP!!
I am loving the minimalist and subtle nature of this track anew. It's been a while since I heard it and boy, it hits the spot today. 

Just my 2 Squidsworth
 jelgator wrote:
Well, I guess Creep was a good song.
 
Opposing view: I dismissed RH because of Creep.  For too many years.  Then got my ears and mind opened by Radio Paradise.  Now it's hard to image RH even doing Creep.
 jelgator wrote:
Well, I guess Creep was a good song.

 
Yeah and was more or less spot on describing the author.
Well, I guess Creep was a good song.
Ack.  Next time do the opioids AFTER you track the vocals...or whatever that is.   
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Skydog...  Radiohead has a good drummer and could have played on this instead but I imagine this song is a 'concept' where the drum loops were deliberately chosen to give a happy, skip-a-long beat.  Everything is going along aimlessly in a background sort of way then just when you are beginning to get bored with the repetition they start to overlay the other guitar and singing loops which get ever discordant and foreboding.  Clouds start to form on the horizon of Paradise...

It reminds me of a mixture of Sci-Fi movies where the future inhabitants live in a clean, sterile and highly organised and controlled world. Elevator type Muzak plays over hidden public address systems and people live and work in a trance-like state.  Then something happens... say like a fault in the air-conditioning caused by a meteorite and things start to go wrong bit by bit.  The air-con stops workiing, the music stops, the 'sky' projection starts to malfunction and their whole artificial world slowly begins to disintegrate.

That sort of thing.

Have I embellished it enough to make you change your mind?
 
cool Dude, I know and love Radiohead, their rhythm section is one of my all time favorites,
and their layered production earns them the title of the 21st Century Beatles,
...if only they wouldn't have mixed the drum loop so up front,
that high hat after a few hundred times just kills it for me
 
 Skydog wrote:
I love Radiohead but (you knew a but was coming) I quickly got tired of the drum loops on this album, 
just to obvious and quickly tiresome,
.
but (yep here's another one) on my bucket list before I die is to see them live 
they are going to do some shows in 2017 

 
Skydog...  Radiohead has a good drummer and could have played on this instead but I imagine this song is a 'concept' where the drum loops were deliberately chosen to give a happy, skip-a-long beat.  Everything is going along aimlessly in a background sort of way then just when you are beginning to get bored with the repetition they start to overlay the other guitar and singing loops which get ever discordant and foreboding.  Clouds start to form on the horizon of Paradise...

It reminds me of a mixture of Sci-Fi movies where the future inhabitants live in a clean, sterile and highly organised and controlled world. Elevator type Muzak plays over hidden public address systems and people live and work in a trance-like state.  Then something happens... say like a fault in the air-conditioning caused by a meteorite and things start to go wrong bit by bit.  The air-con stops workiing, the music stops, the 'sky' projection starts to malfunction and their whole artificial world slowly begins to disintegrate.

That sort of thing.

Have I embellished it enough to make you change your mind?

 kingart wrote:
The art bears some resemblance to Abbott and Costello — the two so-named aliens in the new movie Arrival. Or, perhaps, since RH's music preceded, it's more correct to say that these movie ETs resemble the album cover. 
The movie is quite terrific. Evocative, thoughtful, poetic, but enigmatic, with big ideas about non-linear time and language as a far deeper form of communication than humans give it.  I look at this cover and see Abbott and Costello. 
I suppose that exploring language and meaning may be some of what RH's music is about, but thus far and probably forever I am much more inclined to psd and because to me most of its riches are m.i.a. 

 
Love a sy-fi movie with big ideas. I will see if Netflix offers "Arrival".  Meanwhile, (I can't resist this)   Who's on first?
The art bears some resemblance to Abbott and Costello — the two so-named aliens in the new movie Arrival. Or, perhaps, since RH's music preceded, it's more correct to say that these movie ETs resemble the album cover. 
The movie is quite terrific. Evocative, thoughtful, poetic, but enigmatic, with big ideas about non-linear time and language as a far deeper form of communication than humans give it.  I look at this cover and see Abbott and Costello. 
I suppose that exploring language and meaning may be some of what RH's music is about, but thus far and probably forever I am much more inclined to psd and because to me most of its riches are m.i.a. 
I love Radiohead but (you knew a but was coming) I quickly got tired of the drum loops on this album, 
just to obvious and quickly tiresome,
.
but (yep here's another one) on my bucket list before I die is to see them live 
they are going to do some shows in 2017 
Thom York ripped off Helge Schneider !

Seine grössten Erfolge
 crogers wrote:
Sometimes I think if I hear or read the term "noodling" to describe a musician's choice of technique again, I'll be unable to keep myself from slapping someone hard in the face.  

It's music.  It's art.  It is an expression of the heart of the artist.  Using a word like "noodling" to describe the way in which an artist chooses to use his/her instrument to portray an emotion, I think, is childish and shows a deep and inexcusable ignorance of what music is.  I suppose that those who have seen too few winters could be excused, being weaned on the top-40 pop-pablum that tries to pass as music today.  But those of us who came up through some of the most enlightened, free and inspired years of music creation that this planet has ever known deserve no quarter for pigeon-holing any kind of musical expression that is outside the mainstream as "noodling".  

For the love of Everything that is Musical and Magical, take off the blinders, get out of your tiny box and get over your narrow-minded little self.  If your entire musical world is nothing but 4/4 time, nursery rhymes and Glen Campbellesque vocal stylings, you are missing out on a universe of human expression that deserves more than a ridiculous critique using grade school verbiage and a painfully obvious lack of appreciation for what it takes to make good music happen.  Go ahead — write a song.  Then perform it.  Then record it.  Then mix it.  Then submit it to RP.  Come on... I dare you.  Let's see what you can do, noodlehead!  Jeez.

A thousand apologies for the diatribe — but man, that shit just pisses me off. 

 

One man;s meat is another man's noodle!!

Not to my taste, so I'm off to feast over at PSD, but respect to anyone who stays here for the afternoon helping of gruel  {#Chef} 
 Reckoner978 wrote:

It was 'bout time someone said something on that matter, and I think no one could have done it better. Well done sir, you've got a beer from me! {#Clap} 

 
Well said
 
 Reckoner978 wrote:

It was 'bout time someone said something on that matter, and I think no one could have done it better. Well done sir, you've got a beer from me! {#Clap} 

 
I second that thought
 
Oh no! Someone please give Thom something to eat and regain some strength so he could stop moaning! :)
 MassivRuss wrote:

Uhhh. I only said that horrid voice is the worst aspect of RH's stuff. The compositions typically have a great hook for 5-20 seconds, after which deeper exploration of that idea is abandoned to aimless noodling, minimalism for its own sake.

There are songs *about* suicide and depression, but RH makes me *feel* depressed and suicidal.

But for Hipsters, it's "complex" and "spiritual" and "you just don't get it..." I don't, I have really tried.

 
I'm with you on this tonight. Actually had this rated a 7 sometime in the past. Radiohead doesn't get me depressed when I'm not into the band—the songs just grate. 

Sorry, crogers, tonight this is just noodling. I wish Radiohead would rely more on their supposedly expert musicianship than leaning on Thom to warble me towards some mood. 
 crogers wrote:
Sometimes I think if I hear or read the term "noodling" to describe a musician's choice of technique again, I'll be unable to keep myself from slapping someone hard in the face.  

It's music.  It's art.  It is an expression of the heart of the artist.  Using a word like "noodling" to describe the way in which an artist chooses to use his/her instrument to portray an emotion, I think, is childish and shows a deep and inexcusable ignorance of what music is.  I suppose that those who have seen too few winters could be excused, being weaned on the top-40 pop-pablum that tries to pass as music today.  But those of us who came up through some of the most enlightened, free and inspired years of music creation that this planet has ever known deserve no quarter for pigeon-holing any kind of musical expression that is outside the mainstream as "noodling".  

For the love of Everything that is Musical and Magical, take off the blinders, get out of your tiny box and get over your narrow-minded little self.  If your entire musical world is nothing but 4/4 time, nursery rhymes and Glen Campbellesque vocal stylings, you are missing out on a universe of human expression that deserves more than a ridiculous critique using grade school verbiage and a painfully obvious lack of appreciation for what it takes to make good music happen.  Go ahead — write a song.  Then perform it.  Then record it.  Then mix it.  Then submit it to RP.  Come on... I dare you.  Let's see what you can do, noodlehead!  Jeez.

A thousand apologies for the diatribe — but man, that shit just pisses me off. 

 
It was 'bout time someone said something on that matter, and I think no one could have done it better. Well done sir, you've got a beer from me! {#Clap} 
Anathema,  The Lost Song part 3 comes to mind when hearing this..I prefer the former to the latter.
I like the way this song starts off as a rather offbeat and slightly disjointed song going nowhere in particular then the loops start to overlay  rather menacing and sinister overtones.  Definitely strange and requires close listening to the evolving rhythms.
Sometimes I think if I hear or read the term "noodling" to describe a musician's choice of technique again, I'll be unable to keep myself from slapping someone hard in the face.  

It's music.  It's art.  It is an expression of the heart of the artist.  Using a word like "noodling" to describe the way in which an artist chooses to use his/her instrument to portray an emotion, I think, is childish and shows a deep and inexcusable ignorance of what music is.  I suppose that those who have seen too few winters could be excused, being weaned on the top-40 pop-pablum that tries to pass as music today.  But those of us who came up through some of the most enlightened, free and inspired years of music creation that this planet has ever known deserve no quarter for pigeon-holing any kind of musical expression that is outside the mainstream as "noodling".  

For the love of Everything that is Musical and Magical, take off the blinders, get out of your tiny box and get over your narrow-minded little self.  If your entire musical world is nothing but 4/4 time, nursery rhymes and Glen Campbellesque vocal stylings, you are missing out on a universe of human expression that deserves more than a ridiculous critique using grade school verbiage and a painfully obvious lack of appreciation for what it takes to make good music happen.  Go ahead — write a song.  Then perform it.  Then record it.  Then mix it.  Then submit it to RP.  Come on... I dare you.  Let's see what you can do, noodlehead!  Jeez.

A thousand apologies for the diatribe — but man, that shit just pisses me off. 
 westslope wrote:

Yup.  That captures a lot of Radio Head.

 
I feel a lot of tension building up, not noodling. It's all going somewhere and gets more complex along the way.
 MassivRuss wrote:

.... The compositions typically have a great hook for 5-20 seconds, after which deeper exploration of that idea is abandoned to aimless noodling, minimalism for its own sake.

.....
 
Yup.  That captures a lot of Radio Head.
 zjustme wrote:
Well, that was a bit challenging to listen to for the first time. especially first thing in the morning. Giving it a 'Ho-Hum' but hope to hear it again some time. Maybe it will prove to be like Stravinsky's Right of Spring. 
 
 
Upvote for relating Radiohead to Stravinsky!
Well, that was a bit challenging to listen to for the first time. especially first thing in the morning. Giving it a 'Ho-Hum' but hope to hear it again some time. Maybe it will prove to be like Stravinsky's Right of Spring. 
 
I find it odd that it takes two hugely competent drummers to equal one mediocre drum synth.  Why do it?
 ScottN wrote:
The drumming (synth no doubt) so "upfront" in the mix ruins the song, imo.

 
In fact, there is NO synth drumming. You can watch it live online if you like. But there are dual drummers. 
How did Thom slip under my radar for so long? Glad that I finally discovered him. Thanks, Bill.
 ItchyJack wrote:
{#Frustrated}{#Frustrated}{#Frustrated}

 
..a few of these helps, if yer not into Radiohead, methinks..gotta dig it..
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
The cool percussion is what makes this tune so cool. Nice.

 
I had always wished they'd diminished it, left it more in the background. Just too distracting from the beautiful melody.
The cool percussion is what makes this tune so cool. Nice.
{#Frustrated}{#Frustrated}{#Frustrated}
.......their finally beginning work on a new album...phew!  Hopefully the various side projects will bring renewed inspiration.
Love this song!
 
The "singer" (if you can call her that) has a voice that makes my ear bleed.  No thanks.  If I could rate this a zero I would.
The drumming (synth no doubt) so "upfront" in the mix ruins the song, imo.
Jah bless Radiohead! {#Smile}

and our Bill {#Daisy}

{#Notworthy} 
 Crestmohr wrote:
Great in yoga class
 
yes, it would make me walk out
Well, at least they produced a good app (PolyFauna) which really puts me to sleep. 
 lophrequa wrote:

i'm with you Massiv. this band could have been all that and a bag of chips with a different vocalist. wish i could get all their tracks with Thom stripped out, such great music... and such wailing. 

 
Uhhh. I only said that horrid voice is the worst aspect of RH's stuff. The compositions typically have a great hook for 5-20 seconds, after which deeper exploration of that idea is abandoned to aimless noodling, minimalism for its own sake.

There are songs *about* suicide and depression, but RH makes me *feel* depressed and suicidal.

But for Hipsters, it's "complex" and "spiritual" and "you just don't get it..." I don't, I have really tried.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


What have you got ;)

 



My thought exactly...
 bdomm wrote:
bleh...I guess there is no rating less than 1

 

What have you got ;)
 Oidos wrote:
I am very disappointed with the recent albums from Radiohead. I am a big fan of their earlier work but find the recent releases to be too simple and ascetic. Thom York is a great vocalist but it take more than him to make the music interesting. I enjoyed the era of Kid A and OK Computer much better.

 
Your brain must be cross-wired. In Rainbows and King of Limbs are very complex and Thom Yorke's voice was never great. Certainly among my most favorite bands of all time.
 MassivRuss wrote:

{#Sick} ...  "Thom York is a great vocalist"? Of all the weaknesses in RH's product, Yorke's voice is the weakest. Whiny, reedy, tedious, yeachhh.

 
i'm with you Massiv. this band could have been all that and a bag of chips with a different vocalist. wish i could get all their tracks with Thom stripped out, such great music... and such wailing. 
Not as strong as their prior releases. Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends, Amnesiac ... all classics, all still listenable today, sitting close at hand for those long car rides. Trippy. 

I never got into King of Lambs. Shame.  
 asilbuch wrote:
I really want to like Radiohead....I do....{#Doh}

 
I can't quite pull it off, either.
Great in yoga class
 Oidos wrote:
I am very disappointed with the recent albums from Radiohead. I am a big fan of their earlier work but find the recent releases to be too simple and ascetic. Thom York is a great vocalist but it take more than him to make the music interesting. I enjoyed the era of Kid A and OK Computer much better.

 
{#Sick} ...<spit take>  "Thom York is a great vocalist"? <cough, phthht> Of all the weaknesses in RH's product, Yorke's voice is the weakest. Whiny, reedy, tedious, yeachhh.
 asilbuch wrote:
I really want to like Radiohead....I do....{#Doh}

 
Me too...I just don't get them ( must be an age thing for me)...I like a few songs but most just drone on & on
I really want to like Radiohead....I do....{#Doh}
I like it.  8.  It may or may not be "approachable"; I can only approach tangible things.  But I like it.  I like it enough to vote 8.
i want to love every radiohead song, but their departure into more 'electronic' sounding music has lost me... I still think OK Computer is the "Dark Side" for a new generation but this is no "Final Cut"
bleh...I guess there is no rating less than 1
 adroc wrote:

Yes, RP tends to play truly amazing songs more than the others.

 
{#Yes}
 kingart wrote:
Dreamy. But soporific. A tad monotonous. TY drone home. 

 
You have to be addicted to painkillers to really appreciate this.

Something to work on, kingart.  {#Naughty}
Dreamy. But soporific. A tad monotonous. TY drone home. 
I like it.
... I dont believe the hate everyone has for this guy,,, you all like a bandwagon to jump off/on on. hmmm
I am very disappointed with the recent albums from Radiohead. I am a big fan of their earlier work but find the recent releases to be too simple and ascetic. Thom York is a great vocalist but it take more than him to make the music interesting. I enjoyed the era of Kid A and OK Computer much better.

Everybody in my church loves this groovy song...
 
Cute drum line, and then Yorke opens his yap and out comes that painful rectal itch of a voice.

And no, it's not "unapproachable". It's completely approachable, because it's utterly commonplace Gen-Y rock minimalism. It's just sub-par.
 CCinSB wrote:
{#No}
 
        {#Yes}
{#No}
I love that there's all this truly amazing music that remains unappproachable or out of reach for so many people. I guess that makes me a bit of a hipster snob but, when it comes to Radiohead I'll take those lumps. This album is both an evolution and a revelation for these guys and the world is a better place to live in because of it.
meh    {#No}
Been listening to Joy Division's Closer a lot recently.  That is where Radiohead got the sound for this CD.  They have said they greatly admired Joy Division.
I believe this is the sound I think of when i say "atmospheric".
I agree that this comes from Radiohead's most difficult period (so far), but it still holds up for me and is always well worth a listen. I'm bit sure I always enjoy it, but I always appreciate it.
dull as dishwater
PSD
This is just TERRIBLE, tuneless noise. I think 1 is generous.
I gave this a 5 a while ago and I'm beginning to think that was generous.

Alas, Radiohead are not what they used to be any more. 
 chinnymcchipstah wrote:
Is my unending luv of Radiohead grounds for divorce? Hubby hates them and every time they come on he says "worse concert ever." sniff sniff, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
 
If he really went to a concert and still has no appreciation I would venture to say there's no hope for the man.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Seven plays in the last month!  Come on!
 
Yes, RP tends to play truly amazing songs more than the others.
Is my unending luv of Radiohead grounds for divorce? Hubby hates them and every time they come on he says "worse concert ever." sniff sniff, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
 
Great video but what am I supposed to see? 2 drummers and a bass player.
 
You're not supposed to see anything. What you will see is sirdroseph's "bass and percussion engine" is actually a group of extremely skilled musicians playing this song in real time with real instruments.
{#Drummer}  {#Heartkiss}

soooo groovy...  love it...
 
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great bass and percussion engine driving this.
 
 slippery wrote:

Yeah! Except that it's not.
See video for proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaVylBJQsro

  
Great video but what am I supposed to see? 2 drummers and a bass player.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Seven plays in the last month!  Come on!
 
Yeah - why not at least 10!!!!


love it...  love the queens of limbs, too...


FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said in an interview released by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 that she regrets nothing about the band's anti-government performance in a cathedral that got them convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years behind bars. Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / AP


Just changed my rating from 9 to 10 because songs don't come any better than this. I am breathless every time.
John Scofield into Radiohead, another masterful transition. 
brilliant beat syncopation or mechanical sounding, you decide
Seven plays in the last month!  Come on!
Really digging the subtle guitar bit half way through the song! 7 :)
No Thom, it's not big and it's not clever
I think this song, in particular, ranks with their best. It does a number.
At a recent show, Thom Yorke introduced this by calling it a "twisted love song."
No drum machine here. This is all real. 

It depends on what you want from your music. I've appreciated their music for quite a while. I find their latest a diverging sound, but one with what I feel is more care for the music. The previous work to me was produced as 'like a band'. I see the new sound more 'like musicians'. For me, they are beginning to transcend rock group and are becoming artists. As a group, they are genious.

 
I can't believe such an artsy band whose songs just keep becoming more and more obscure maintain such a HUGE following of fans! 

It actually gives me hope for the world....maybe humanity is maturing?
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
{#Sleep}

Am i the only one who finds this monotonous and sleep inducing?
 
I'd have gone for "trippy" and "dreamy", but sure.

So same thing, I guess, except I enjoyed it.
BLADERUNNER wrote:
Am i the only one who finds this monotonous and sleep inducing?
 
fatcatjb wrote:
love Radiohead, but I'd change the drumming to this song...away from the snare and deep into the tom toms
 
With so much of their recent stuff, I can't help thinking I'm listening to a drum machine (which hopefully is not the case).
I loved everything from The Bends through Amnesiac but since then it's been pretty patchy, IMO. Some great moments but latey it seems that Thom & Co. are just going through the motions.


RadioHead: I still think that this group R.Head goes through a phase something errant, after watching a performance uninteresting, including pantomimes what the lead-singer went on to do while singing, difficult to digest, yesterday onstage at Bonnaroo. To make matters worse, the choice of the electronic lights scene is disappointing and distasteful, because deliberately obscures, almost impossible to visualize the members of the band in their work. Perhaps to disguise and distract from the poor quality of sound produced. Nah .....

Rodrigo & Gabriela and her band, excellent performance yesterday in Bonnaroo. They did a show with joy, vitality, harmony, augmented with by new beautiful musical nuances, using the possibilities offered by the band of support that helped. Five stars. 

Let's see what happens today with R.H.C.P., and Sunday, with Kathleen Edwards, Ben Folds Five, Bon Iver, The Shins, Phish, Kenny Rogers.




what a great groove segue from scofield's "a go-go"...
I'm loving them more and more. Especially Thom York's introspective stuff. I can totally see how some would have the opposite reaction though.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Great bass and percussion engine driving this.
 
Yeah! Except that it's not.
See video for proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaVylBJQsro

 hippiechick wrote:
I got tix!
 
I did as well - two shows - can't wait
 hippiechick wrote:
I got tix!
 
me too!!! {#Bananajumprope}
 Desimia wrote:
Recently saw them perform in Miami, Fl. Ah-may-zing! For a minute there, I lost myself.
 
 
Desimia : I don't know you....yet I have to say i officially hate you, lucky bastard!  :)
Recently saw them perform in Miami, Fl. Ah-may-zing! For a minute there, I lost myself.
 

 Seahunt wrote:
I think these guys are bad ass.  Their music is so different.  What do you think their inspiriation/influence is?

Haters need not apply.
 
 Of course, Radiohead is like the shepherds and a bunch of silly bands are the sheeps. 
I got tix!


Everybody in my hotel room just jumped up to dance...  love it...

 
Aside from Lotus Flower, if you take a song from "King of Limbs" and insert it into a playlist, the song loses its power. King of Limbs is best heard in one sitting, kind of like Can's "Future Days" or Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden."
More and more, I'm enjoying the post-2000 Radiohead than anything that came before it.
Just going to wade in on the whole "Radiohead, what happened?" discussion. They remind me of Talk Talk: an initial commercially successful  period followed by a decade of increasingly introspective music. Not terribly accessible for the listener with it's depressingly bleak soundscape and mumbled lyrics. However I still like both bands. "Kid A" was a huge achievement for Radio Head (still one of my favorite albums), but I think like Mark Hollis before him; Tom York has now drifted out beyond reach...
Yeah, it's a 5.
 Byronape wrote:

While in a lot of ways I find Bends and OK Computer to be better albums than what they have produced over the last 10 years, and would love to hear new stuff of that style, I can appreciate their musical development and maturation.  You are right that no one can expect a band to fit snugly into a mold that no longer fits, and any band who tries ends up sounding tired and retreading the same ground.  Who wants to hear the same album over and over again, only with new lyrics?

Yeah, I miss the Arena Radiohead, but the down-tempo and introspective Radiohead is fantastic too.  I may not love every song, but I have to respect their dedication to their craft and their musical mastery.
 
According to Wiki, Radiohead formed in 1985. It's now 2012. That's a very decent life span for any band and they don't show much of the, sadly all to typical of commercial bands, trend towards becoming parodies of themselves. This is a truly fine band and every iteration is worth a listen. 
Great bass and percussion engine driving this.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Let's give it up for Radiohead for being true to their artistic natures.
 
While in a lot of ways I find Bends and OK Computer to be better albums than what they have produced over the last 10 years, and would love to hear new stuff of that style, I can appreciate their musical development and maturation.  You are right that no one can expect a band to fit snugly into a mold that no longer fits, and any band who tries ends up sounding tired and retreading the same ground.  Who wants to hear the same album over and over again, only with new lyrics?

Yeah, I miss the Arena Radiohead, but the down-tempo and introspective Radiohead is fantastic too.  I may not love every song, but I have to respect their dedication to their craft and their musical mastery.


This song puts a spring in my step this winter...  love it...

 
Wake me up...

It's a testament to Radiohead that so many people have such diverse and heart-felt opinions about the direction their music has taken over the course of 20 some odd years. I'm not sure I have that much new to add, other then I feel like it's unfair to ask any great artist to climb back up the kind of creative mountaintop Radiohead climbed with "OK" and "Bends." How often does it happen really? Even to the very best?

Radiohead can never repeat what they did artistically in the mid 90s, their older, wiser, greyer, and their perspective on the world has irrevocably changed. I look at their body of work over the second half of their careers and still hear interesting, challenging music. Think about all the great ones who peaked early only to move into truly predictable, dull areas of music; Elton John, Sting, Elvis (yeah, that's right!), among so many others.

Let's give it up for Radiohead for being true to their artistic natures.
Beautiful song.

Best heard driving over the Bay Bridge at sunset.