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    Austin City Limits 2016

    What is the statute of limitations on Radiohead opinions?
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    Austin City Limits 2016

    I agree that the new acoustic emphasis doesn't really work. I think The Numbers is the first song on a Radiohead album since The Bends I'd call truly mediocre. But I must spring to the defence of Tinker Tailor. For me, this is the most successful track. It has the best lyrics - really original, striking lines, like "the ones you burn your fires to keep away" - and the most complete journey, transforming itself from broken-down machine to spiralling Twilight zone soundtrack. We all know spooky Radiohead is the best Radiohead.
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    Austin City Limits 2016

    Why would you dismiss such a thoughtful post with responses like these?
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    Austin City Limits 2016

    Aside from the areas in which it is completely wrong (Magpie and especially Feral are great), this is absolutely correct. The fan adulation for the live TKOL renditions has always smacked to me of a desperate effort to like TKOL somehow, as if just playing the songs in a band format is a near enough simulacrum of "classic Radiohead" that they can kid themselves into liking them. But it's the songs themselves that are "the problem". It's like when TKOL first came out and loads of fans were saying "oh, you just have to listen to it with headphones". No, if you don't like this sort of Radiohead songwriting you're not going to like it any better with headphones either.
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    Austin City Limits 2016

    I am going to play my dick card (don't worry, I have lots of them) and suggest that thinking the live versions of TKOL songs is the "true" TKOL is what the kids call a basic bitch position. The live versions are great and it's good that they exist. But they're reinterpretations, mutations. If they'd actually been recorded like that they would make no sense at all. The brilliance of TKOL is that it's all weird sculptures and constructions, the kind of thing you can only achieve in a studio with a lot of editing.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Just listened to Where Bluebirds Fly for the first time in years. Fucking bollocks it is. There's a parallel universe in which Radiohead just put out music like this forever after Kid A. So glad we're not in it.
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    Best of r/radiohead

    Found this so catastrophically dull I slipped into coma for 45 minutes.
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    RADIOHEAD LP10

    Open the Floodgates needs a new title and a new title lyric. Come to think of it, so does Skirting on the Surface. LP10 tracklist prediction: Open the Floodgates Skirting on the Surface Beating around the Bush The Tip of the Iceberg The Last Straw Speak of the Devil When Pigs Fly The Cat's Out of the Bag Dog's Dinner Eye for an Eye Actually, Phil has probably already made this album.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Does anyone remember a radio interview with Ed from the AMSP period in which he said he didn't like Life in a Glasshouse? Or at least didn't at the time they were doing it. He said he thought a rock band trying to do jazz was a bit embarrassing. I know I didn't imagine this but I can't find it anywhere now. IIRC Phil was in the inteview too.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Am I imagining this, or did someone mention that the old version of Identikit once contained a big key change?
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    KID A/Amnesiac 20th anniversary reissue

    You're thinking of the webcast jam from 2000. After that, Thom made a new demo of the song which more closely resembles the finished thing, drums and all. According to Wikipedia it was released on the 2+2=5 single, but I can't find it on any video or streaming service. I can only find it on Citizeninsane now: http://citizeninsane.eu/music/httt/therethere.html
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    KID A/Amnesiac 20th anniversary reissue

    It isn't very good on its own terms, but an interesting view into their process. I'm honestly more interested in that than unreleased songs - as evidenced by NOTOK, if material wasn't good enough to be released at the time, it probably isn't that good generally. The white cassette was the meat of NOTOK, not the three new tracks.
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    KID A/Amnesiac 20th anniversary reissue

    Yep, Thom's There There demo was released too.
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    KID A/Amnesiac 20th anniversary reissue

    The obvious thing to hope from an IR special edition would be the original Videotape. Perhaps they'll have come round to it by then, like they did with I Promise. Thom recorded three CDs of demos for HTTT, and even gave them titles. I'd love to hear those.
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    KID A/Amnesiac 20th anniversary reissue

    I think Gawpers is a great title. It's a nasty, spiteful little word, and very British. So - very Thom. It might be a pipe dream but I wonder if we might get some sort of rejigged version of HTTT one day. All the band members have expressed regrets over that one, so it might be an opportunity to "correct it". Perhaps let Nigel remix it dramatically (Nigel wasn't happy with the original mix) or overdub new elements... seems unlikely but then I was betting against us getting anything like OKNOTOK.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Like Spinning Plates contains an Isaac Hayes sample Never knew this. This is why Reddit is worth a trawl from time to time. Along with the Miles Davis sample on Kinetic, that's two uncredited samples we know about. I wonder why they gave credit for samples on Idioteque (including one split-second sample!) but not these.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Undeniably a great musician and lovely chap but talks a right lot of bollocks.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Speaking of people who listen to Radiohead too much, I've met OAS (the Japanese Radiohead cover band) a few times, and once after a show Starman came on the PA. I said "Oh, it's a shame about Bowie, huh," to Japanese Jonny Greenwood. He'd never heard of him. On another occasion I asked Japanese Colin what other stuff she listened to and she said "only Radiohead".
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    I listen to probably seven or eight hours of music a day, headphones on, without exaggeration, and I'm a very attentive listener. That probably includes about 10% Radiohead. They're a good band imo. General is a waste of time. Nothing is more boring to me than talking about music in general. Go specific, go deep, or go home. If you think me posting small Radiohead observations in this thread is pushing it, think of the response I'd get for doing the same thing about a Pinkerton B-side in General. Those go somewhere else.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    People on other forums ask me the same thing. But about different bands. edit: fuck it. Resisted posting this for ages because it's a bullshit bad-faith you-can't-win question. But my other obsessions include Weezer, Pink Floyd, Neutral Milk Hotel, Muse and Michael Jackson. Those aren't necessarily even my favourites, but the ones I find richest to study, often for their failings as much as their triumphs.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Question one: Are there two drummers playing on Spectre? Listen to the ride cymbal from around 1:35. Question two: If so, what's the point?
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    I think the 15 Step lighting setup cira TKOL, where it looked like they were in an office with the panels over them, was the coolest stage setup I've ever seen. Shame we'll never see that again as it's too lethal.
  23. And yet Ed didn't bother to turn up when Radiohead won the Duff Lifetime Achievement Award last year.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Actually I really like the rockin', swaggerin', HTTT-style live arrangement of Burn the Witch. It's just that Thom never sang it properly, or maybe couldn't. It's one of their best ever choruses and he slaughtered it every time.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    They seem committed to Daydreaming live, but it's boring as fuck.
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