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Radiohead — Staircase
Album: The Daily Mail & Staircase
Avg rating:
7.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1594









Released: 2011
Length: 4:29
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I walk down the staircase
Magnetic pull
Back to the other place
That I cannot go
I'm sending a chopper
To steal you away

The pot is full
Let me take control
Let me take control
The pot is full
Of secrets to be told
Secrets to be told

Out of orbit
And I always will

The pot is full
Let me take control
Let me take control
The pot is full
Of secrets to be told
Secrets to be told
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 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:

Bobert_ParkCity wrote:

anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?

 
xtalman wrote:

NO!
 

I do, in the sotto arpeggio guitar picks and chord progressions, like on Foxtrot or Selling England by the Pound.  Whaddayathink?
 
Yeah, there are a lot of different old Genesis flavors in here.
 Reckoner978 wrote:
Let's dance  {#Dancingbanana}
 

really? HOW? 
more like a Thorazine shuffle
That's what I love about RP, they sat on this song for six years then when it was time, they went to the basement to play it.
 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:

Bobert_ParkCity wrote:

anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?

 
xtalman wrote:

NO!
 

I do, in the sotto arpeggio guitar picks and chord progressions, like on Foxtrot or Selling England by the Pound.  Whaddayathink?
 

Good ear... I wouldn't have heard it without that comment. 
7 bumped to 8 today....wow....I'm actually getting to be a fan of RH....Long Live RP!!

Bobert_ParkCity wrote:

anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?

 
xtalman wrote:

NO!
 

I do, in the sotto arpeggio guitar picks and chord progressions, like on Foxtrot or Selling England by the Pound.  Whaddayathink?
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Hey LizardKing,  if DavisS_UK does not see your comment I will try and help you out in his absence.  I mentioned on another RH song that it is difficult to just listen to one RH song in isolation like you might pickup a newspaper and read one article.

I suggest you listen to some of their "Greatest Hits" type compilations on YouTube and settle down and listen to several tracks one after the other to get your ears tuned to their sound.

After that you will have been "aurally conditioned" and will be able to instantly recognise their sound and get into it more easily in the future.

However I recommend you listen to something upbeat after several RH tracks as they can tend to deflate your mood!

Good luck from the Emerald Isle!

 
Much thanks!  {#High-five}

Good idea to start with uTube vids and see where it takes me.  And thanks for the "don't let too much RH get you down" warning....I'll be careful.

Cheers from the Emerald City (Seattle) and Long Live RP!!  PEACE OUT


 lizardking wrote:

Hi DavidS_UK - can you help an RPBro out here?  I've been trying like hell to like RH, and well for the most part I can't get into their stuff.  This track is pretty good to my ears on first listen.  I also like Alt-J and Muse, although DM has been a hard sell for me too (reminds me of Pet Shop Boys, both of which I actively DISLIKED in the day cuz I was into hip-hop/rap then...) all that to say my ears have been opening over the last 11+ years (thanks to RP!) which is why I'm asking for a good intro to RH from a fan.

 
Hey LizardKing,  if DavisS_UK does not see your comment I will try and help you out in his absence.  I mentioned on another RH song that it is difficult to just listen to one RH song in isolation like you might pickup a newspaper and read one article.

I suggest you listen to some of their "Greatest Hits" type compilations on YouTube and settle down and listen to several tracks one after the other to get your ears tuned to their sound.

After that you will have been "aurally conditioned" and will be able to instantly recognise their sound and get into it more easily in the future.

However I recommend you listen to something upbeat after several RH tracks as they can tend to deflate your mood!

Good luck from the Emerald Isle!


 DavidS_UK wrote:
so I am in electronic-progressive heaven... Alt-J then Depeche Mode followed by Muse followed by Radiohead... It doesn't get much better than this does it!

Oh those discordant yet haunting melodies cutting in on the right speaker..... awesome

 
Hi DavidS_UK - can you help an RPBro out here?  I've been trying like hell to like RH, and well for the most part I can't get into their stuff.  This track is pretty good to my ears on first listen.  I also like Alt-J and Muse, although DM has been a hard sell for me too (reminds me of Pet Shop Boys, both of which I actively DISLIKED in the day cuz I was into hip-hop/rap then...) all that to say my ears have been opening over the last 11+ years (thanks to RP!) which is why I'm asking for a good intro to RH from a fan.
 Skydog wrote:
yeah, I was dissapointed in 'The King Of Limbs', the drum loops were just to obvious and sounded very tired soon into a song
 
Still, the spooky atmospherics are going with this one. 



 DaidyBoy wrote:
I generally think that all their drum'n'bass-y stuff smells pretty bad now.  I would like them to move on so I can buy more of their stuff.  I appreciate that they won't change just to please me, though.  But it would be nice if they would.

 
yeah, I was dissapointed in 'The King Of Limbs', the drum loops were just to obvious and sounded very tired soon into a song
Groove {#Dancingbanana}
so I am in electronic-progressive heaven... Alt-J then Depeche Mode followed by Muse followed by Radiohead... It doesn't get much better than this does it!

Oh those discordant yet haunting melodies cutting in on the right speaker..... awesome
{#Bananajam}
Mrs. Kuglas Töpf is a melting pot.
beautiful
The other track on this release, Daily Mail, seems much better to me and by comparison this sounds pretty average for Radiohead.  They've set themselves such a high bar over the years with consistently original and rich material though - how could they keep it up forever?
One of the two or three Radiohead Songs I like. A solid 8 !
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I'm a fan of Radiohead but so much of their recent output sounds extremely bland and lifeless, this being a prime example.

 
Really?

Like RH but not enough to order the CDs.  Bland and lifeless is not what I would use to describe this song or the music.  On occasion a little directionless maybe?

As for ripping off Genesis....  I dunno ..... I can hear the influence or imagine the song writer being influenced by Genesis as were many other bands.   Does not inspire a specific Genesis song for this cowboy.
 tphord wrote:
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?

Yes - Definitely... there is a recurring riff lifted exactly from an early Genesis song.
It is so obvious that I came here specifically looking to see if I was the only one who noticed.
I am not a big listener of RH, I like some of what I hear and also find a lot of it unoriginal and milking tired themes.
I AM a very big fan of early Genesis however and this goes way beyond "inspiration".
They have expanded the range and length of the riff but t is a note for note copy of Mike Rutherford's original.

 
And what early Genesis song did they copy here?
Sounds soothing...
Paardenstal?
 Reckoner978 wrote:
Dat bass  {#Bananajam}

 
Ditto.
 Aghori wrote:
Eventhough I don't like any of both, it's just ironic from RP to play Radiohead just after the shameless-Thom Yorke-vocal-style-rip-off called Muse.

  Bill might be noting the similarities, right? That could be why he links them, which doesn't seem the least bit ironic.  For what it's worth, I love this song but really don't like the Muse offering.  Go figure.

 floydoftherocks wrote:
Wow.. totally unremarkable. Not even going to rate this one.. it inspires no emotion or thought, at all, not even bad or critical.
 
Pretty much my feelings about RH... irrelevant and pointless (just as my opinion, I know).
Eventhough I don't like any of both, it's just ironic from RP to play Radiohead just after the shameless-Thom Yorke-vocal-style-rip-off called Muse.
Dat bass  {#Bananajam}
@Jules44
100% agreed
Radiohead has its own modern inimitable style.
Words add modernity, defending a cause or telling stories.
Thanks RP to give us the opportunity to listen to some of their gems.
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Music ahead of time
 
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Not the assholes I work with.

 
well played
 stegokitty wrote:

I'm thinking you meant to put this on an Alt-J song ;)

 
"Adam Sandler" is the new "sooooo booooring".
 averybadcat wrote:
Adam sandler
 

 
I'm thinking you meant to put this on an Alt-J song ;)
Every time RP plays Radiohead.....I run over to the computer to read the comments. I believe there is not another band played here that has such opposing listener  opinions like this band does. It's rather amusing.
Personally I am in the middle. I like them a lot....but not better than Pink Floyd! {#Drool} 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
It's official! Opinions about Radiohead are like assholes, everybody's got one. Unlike opinions however, assholes serve a purpose.

 
Not the assholes I work with.
Please tour again . . .
Nice song!
 Sasha2001 wrote:
It's official! Opinions about Radiohead are like assholes, everybody's got one. Unlike opinions however, assholes serve a purpose.

 
To many artists, entertainers, or other creators, opinions can often be useful or important; most works are not made in a vacuum.  In other words: opinions can serve a purpose, but they will rarely serve a dolphin.  Anyhow, I'm not over the moon about Radiohead, but this tune has kind of a cool, ambient groove going on.  The extreme divisiveness expressed in the threads for their songs is remarkable though.
It's official! Opinions about Radiohead are like assholes, everybody's got one. Unlike opinions however, assholes serve a purpose.
 Ghiaap wrote:
Always thought I heard some Dutch from Thom when he sings; "Paardenstal". But now I've read the lyrics and I see that he's talking about "the pot is full"...bugger

 
That still seems Dutch enough to me!
Adam sandler
 
Always thought I heard some Dutch from Thom when he sings; "Paardenstal". But now I've read the lyrics and I see that he's talking about "the pot is full"...bugger
 floydoftherocks wrote:
Wow.. totally unremarkable. Not even going to rate this one.. it inspires no emotion or thought, at all, not even bad or critical.
 
yes, like ' oh we jazzy too' but not quite
I'm a fan of Radiohead but so much of their recent output sounds extremely bland and lifeless, this being a prime example.
A fairly conventional vocal from Thom on this one - very cool.
 blauflagge wrote:
Seriously not enough RH on RP
 
 
I guess it's a matter of perspective: at present, there are 56 of their tunes on the playlist.
Great segue from Vitiver-You May Be Blue!
sublime
if you ever get the chance to see it live - totally mind blowing
{#Hearteyes}
 DaidyBoy wrote:
I generally think that all their drum'n'bass-y stuff smells pretty bad now.  I would like them to move on so I can buy more of their stuff.  I appreciate that they won't change just to please me, though.  But it would be nice if they would.

 
I agree.  This is decent, but I'd really like the boys to break out of this noodling phase they have been mired in and get back to making great melodies like before.  Kid A rocked, but that was plenty for me.
 blauflagge wrote:
Seriously not enough RH on RP
 
 
I side with blauflagge
Seriously not enough RH on RP
 
Waaaaayyyy too much RH on RP!!!
{#Dancingbanana}
Really like this. Surprised at all the negative comments about Thom Yorke/Radiohead.
{#Jump}
Wow.. totally unremarkable. Not even going to rate this one.. it inspires no emotion or thought, at all, not even bad or critical.
 tphord wrote:
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?

Yes - Definitely... there is a recurring riff lifted exactly from an early Genesis song.
It is so obvious that I came here specifically looking to see if I was the only one who noticed.
I am not a big listener of RH, I like some of what I hear and also find a lot of it unoriginal and milking tired themes.
I AM a very big fan of early Genesis however and this goes way beyond "inspiration".
They have expanded the range and length of the riff but t is a note for note copy of Mike Rutherford's original.

 
Which "early Genesis song" are you referring to?    Just curious.  There really aren't many riffs in this tune - just a couple of little scale noodlings and arpeggiated chords.
I generally think that all their drum'n'bass-y stuff smells pretty bad now.  I would like them to move on so I can buy more of their stuff.  I appreciate that they won't change just to please me, though.  But it would be nice if they would.

{#Crashcomp}    radiohead = repetitive drivel


free your mind and body and dance like thom yorke with this song
Paardestal!

Never knew Thom Yorke was into dutch!

Nice song btw >8
 funkyalfonso wrote:
Since the sad demise of The Central Scrutinizer (FZ) I am leaving The First Church of Appliantology and joining yours. 
 

Joe's Garage!  Classic Frank Zappa!  Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves that triple album!  You are welcome to join us!

Love this Radiohead album, too, and this marvelous song...  we be dancing...  hope you be having a marvelous weekend, funkyalfonso...
 jt1 wrote:


Hah.
I like the idea.
The engineer in me thinks it could be an interesting challenge to implement. The music fan in me however insists that I should keep trying to 'get' radiohead (and a couple of others) as there is clearly something there that many people clearly like.

 
Interesting point. I know there are bands I didn't "get" for the longest time - The Cure, Depeche Mode - that I crank up now. But I believe Thom Yorke's work will never break through.
 Lazarus wrote:


Indeed...  I be me...  I have been saved!  Everybody in my church be dancing...

hope you are having a marvelous day...

 

 

Since the sad demise of The Central Scrutinizer (FZ) I am leaving The First Church of Appliantology and joining yours. 
Really good band and much more accessible with lower levels of whining from vocalist.

Everybody in my churches loves this song...

"I can't believe there isn't an Atheist thread..."
 
Who is tinking that glass?
Brilliant!
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?

Yes - Definitely... there is a recurring riff lifted exactly from an early Genesis song.
It is so obvious that I came here specifically looking to see if I was the only one who noticed.
I am not a big listener of RH, I like some of what I hear and also find a lot of it unoriginal and milking tired themes.
I AM a very big fan of early Genesis however and this goes way beyond "inspiration".
They have expanded the range and length of the riff but t is a note for note copy of Mike Rutherford's original.
What happened to you Radiohead?  You used to be cool man.
 Lazarus wrote:


Noooo...  I have not been saved from anything—  I have just been saved...

love this song...  we be dancing...
 

 

If not saved from,  then saved for  what?  To be honest, I did hope it was from the curse of the green ink, but alas.....
This is just about the only Radiohead song that doesn't make me want to press the PSD button.
Dreamy...
I have heard this song twice this week on RP. How about giving it a rest. 
 Rockit wrote:

Saved from the devils dandruff?
 

Noooo...  I have not been saved from anything—  I have just been saved...

love this song...  we be dancing...
 
Just right...Thanks
 Lazarus wrote:


Indeed...  I be me...  I have been saved!  Everybody in my church be dancing...


hope you are having a marvelous day...

 
 

Saved from the devils dandruff?
What a great song.
 Paul_the_wonk wrote:
I've been a fan of Radiohead since about '98 when I purchased OK Computer.  I've enjoyed most of their stranger-sounding tunes from Kid A and Amnesiac.  Loved Hail to the Thief, and I think In Rainbows is their best album so far.

I am not liking their new sound though, with the repetitive drumming and baselines.  Thom Yorke's melodies are there, but doesn't Phil, the drummer, get bored? 
 
I think they've figured out some kick-butt techno beats with real-life drummers. And the more you listen to TKOL, the more it grows on you. Well, did for me, anyway.

Just saw them on this tour, and they brought along the drummer from Portishead to help round-out all that percussion. And the first song they played had all of them beating on drums! All of Seattle's Key Arena were on their feet dancing for the whole show!

And I would say that if you listen to the catalogue in order, the sound just keeps evolving. Certainly one of the most original bands we have the pleasure of listening to today!
 JIan wrote:

Romeo?
 

Indeed...  I be me...  I have been saved!  Everybody in my church be dancing...


hope you are having a marvelous day...

 
 MassivRuss wrote:
Hey Bill!!!

How about an AutoPSD feature we can map to RadioHead?

Yeah... that'd be cool...

{#Devil_pimp}
 

Hah.
I like the idea.
The engineer in me thinks it could be an interesting challenge to implement. The music fan in me however insists that I should keep trying to 'get' radiohead (and a couple of others) as there is clearly something there that many people clearly like.
Hey Bill!!!

How about an AutoPSD feature we can map to RadioHead?

Yeah... that'd be cool...

{#Devil_pimp}
 rdo wrote:


Dude, Radiohead is the best music ever.  Jesus effing Christ.  Can you please buy new ears?? {#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}
  Ease up on my many Fred.  He's slowly coming around over the years.  Don't um... hit him over the head.  Let him glide slowly into Radiohead - by 2014 he will be buying the entire back catalogue and scouring for bootlegs.


I just love this band, I am not familiar with this track or album
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 
Romeo?

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 fredriley wrote:

"EVER"? In all the millennia of human music-making, Thom and the boys rate in the top 20? I dread to think of what your exaggerations must be like {#Stop}

From wanting to smack Thom Yorke around the chops with a wet fish, I'm being slowly assimilated into the Radiohead meme against my will. I've always thought that the band itself is highly innovative and inventive, and very together, it's been yer man Yorke's warbling and lyrics that got on my tits, but slowly, slowly RP is wearing me down. Resistance is useless...
 
With or without Yorke's vocals Radiohead is a great band. I've had the same problems as Fred with Yorke—too often the falsetto crosses the line between effective and just plain whiny. Thankfully, his lyrics have matured. The thing is that you can't separate the singer—and 3rd guitarist—from the band. So, I have reluctantly accepted Yorke—I know gracious of me, eh?—but not without some latent resistance.
Not a big RH fan.... but this I'm liking.
 Carl wrote:

As I posted earlier in one of the RP Listener fora, I think that Bill & Rebecca finally figured out that RT was, in fact, a bot, because Bill wrote a script that *exactly* emulated RT's posts. Bots are not allowed to be bonafide RP members (RP Rule 23.41.7g).
 
I didn't mind the posts, but it seemed they were always the the same exact thing!  Crazy 'bots!
I've been a fan of Radiohead since about '98 when I purchased OK Computer.  I've enjoyed most of their stranger-sounding tunes from Kid A and Amnesiac.  Loved Hail to the Thief, and I think In Rainbows is their best album so far.

I am not liking their new sound though, with the repetitive drumming and baselines.  Thom Yorke's melodies are there, but doesn't Phil, the drummer, get bored? 
 cShaggy wrote:
..romeotuma—last seen approx 16.Oct..?..anybody have a clue what happened w/him?.. ..now i'll never get to crash his hotel room dance-a-longs—!!..
 
As I posted earlier in one of the RP Listener fora, I think that Bill & Rebecca finally figured out that RT was, in fact, a bot, because Bill wrote a script that *exactly* emulated RT's posts. Bots are not allowed to be bonafide RP members (RP Rule 23.41.7g).
 fredriley wrote:

"EVER"? In all the millennia of human music-making, Thom and the boys rate in the top 20? I dread to think of what your exaggerations must be like {#Stop}

From wanting to smack Thom Yorke around the chops with a wet fish, I'm being slowly assimilated into the Radiohead meme against my will. I've always thought that the band itself is highly innovative and inventive, and very together, it's been yer man Yorke's warbling and lyrics that got on my tits, but slowly, slowly RP is wearing me down. Resistance is useless...
 

Dude, Radiohead is the best music ever.  Jesus effing Christ.  Can you please buy new ears?? {#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}{#Beat}
 cShaggy wrote:
..romeotuma—last seen approx 16.Oct..?..anybody have a clue what happened w/him?.. ..now i'll never get to crash his hotel room dance-a-longs—!!..
 
Apparently he was removed from the hotel for trashing the room and annoying other customers. A search on the forums will reveal the sorry end of Mr Tuma.

Personally, I am more than relieved he has gone. He got on my tits more than I care to admit. . .  
{#Yes}
A good tune - however not in my view one of their finest. Then again not even these clever chaps from Abingdon can be expected to always hit the intensity/quality bullseye ALL the time. Or can they? Colossal band - I hope I get to see them one day. They don't play in New Zealand very often though...

Oh well {#Chef} I'll have to make do with Moussaka for now.
 fredriley wrote:

"EVER"? In all the millennia of human music-making, Thom and the boys rate in the top 20? I dread to think of what your exaggerations must be like {#Stop}

From wanting to smack Thom Yorke around the chops with a wet fish, I'm being slowly assimilated into the Radiohead meme against my will. I've always thought that the band itself is highly innovative and inventive, and very together, it's been yer man Yorke's warbling and lyrics that got on my tits, but slowly, slowly RP is wearing me down. Resistance is useless...
 
Hold out Fred!!
9 plays in the last 30 days.... a touch excessive, when I've just heard a Moby track that's been played for the first time in 7 years!
I used to think RH was a sine wave of quality, totally hit and miss, 20 years on, the best have receded and the poor have risen.  I just like RH I guess.  This track is spot on.
Let's dance  {#Dancingbanana}
 (former member) wrote:

Oh, yes...  we be dancing naked... oh, yes...

 
 
Hmmm...mysterious "former member". Something familiar here, but, no hotel room...hmmm?
 (former member) wrote:

Oh, yes...  we be dancing naked... oh, yes...

 
 



..romeotuma—last seen approx 16.Oct..?..anybody have a clue what happened w/him?..

..now i'll never get to crash his hotel room dance-a-longs—!!..

Oh, yes...  we be dancing naked... oh, yes...

 
Esta cancion y muchas otras me recuerdan el super concierto en el Foro Sol en el DF, además de las excelentes bandas que los acompañaban en el Tour, Other Lives y Caribou!!!!

This song and many others they cause they recall me the concert at DF in Foro Sol and the excelents bands that opened that concert, Other Lives and Caribou!!!!
Great seeing them on Austin City Limits (on PBS) on Saturday - worth catching a repeat if you can! They have really refined playing some of the newer tunes live and included 2 tracks never played live before (b-sides) - GREAT!
they just get better ... astonishing song {#Notworthy}
These guys are truly amazing
 fredriley wrote:

"EVER"? In all the millennia of human music-making, Thom and the boys rate in the top 20? I dread to think of what your exaggerations must be like {#Stop}

From wanting to smack Thom Yorke around the chops with a wet fish, I'm being slowly assimilated into the Radiohead meme against my will. I've always thought that the band itself is highly innovative and inventive, and very together, it's been yer man Yorke's warbling and lyrics that got on my tits, but slowly, slowly RP is wearing me down. Resistance is useless...
  
You are a  true enigma. You can head south while travelling north. You are both strange and charm at the same time.


 gemtag wrote:

Nobody puts more heart and soul into their music than these guys.  I don't exaggerate when I say "One of the best group of musicians EVER"
 
I was weaned on rock and roll of the 60's and 70's and these Oxford boys have wormed their way into my top 5 - EVER.

This song always makes us tear off our clothes and start dancing madly...  love it...
 
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?
 
Yep.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_a_Job_to_Do
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?
 
No 2! I hear Radiohead at their best and beautiful
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?
 
NO!
anybody else hear some early Genesis in this?
 gemtag wrote:

Nobody puts more heart and soul into their music than these guys.  I don't exaggerate when I say "One of the best group of musicians EVER"
 
"EVER"? In all the millennia of human music-making, Thom and the boys rate in the top 20? I dread to think of what your exaggerations must be like {#Stop}

From wanting to smack Thom Yorke around the chops with a wet fish, I'm being slowly assimilated into the Radiohead meme against my will. I've always thought that the band itself is highly innovative and inventive, and very together, it's been yer man Yorke's warbling and lyrics that got on my tits, but slowly, slowly RP is wearing me down. Resistance is useless...
 hippiechick wrote:

I agree!
 
Yes, honey...  this is fantastic music...  love it...

love you, too...


 
 justin4kick wrote:
I keep forgetting how beautiful their music is. You enter a world in its own the moment you really start listening to it. But once the music stops you leave the RH-planet and forget you have been there. This must be the explanation that I never took the time to explore their music.
 

 Limpopoking wrote:
This is really good. The first Radiohead that's totally appealed to me. Nice!!!!!! {#Dance}
  The vocals are different in this.  The drums are muted. But lots of similarities to many of their songs from the last several albums.

Give them a whirl Limpopoking, they grow on you.


 Biscobret wrote:
RH are in a leauge by themselves.  Like a handful of other bands from the last 50 years, they aren't the best at what they do, they are the only ones that do what they do.  They are truly unique musical artists.
 
I agree!
Ohhhhhhh Yehhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Love it.... Great mix...