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    Ill Wind getting single release

    Man, I dig it like that. It's just percussion and voice, almost like Idioteque. And that means there's space for the vocal harmonies to flesh themselves out. I love how skeletal it is. And that's why it's dramatic when we have guitar and bass in the second verse.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    I don't get this at all. It was a sparse arrangement but that's what was so cool about it. All the elements stood out in definition. It wasn't just the jumble of noises that the studio version became. And it had contrasts! When Jonny's riff comes in on that version it's awesome.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    Yes! That's exactly it. That's the other line that's weird. If "ne - ver - be" each had the same length it would work.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    I know it sounds mental but I find Identikit genuinely a bit queasy. Something about the dubby arrangement and the cartoonishness of the choir, the way it's so noodly, and the amount of tinkering with the editing and drum EQing. It was amazing on the TKOL tour. Clean and poppy and sharp. It had definition and contrast and drama. I've always been on the fence about the Videotape debate, but Identikit is a tragedy.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    Nah, it's not that. It's just where he chooses to break up the syllables. Like in the first line, "your distance" comes weirdly early.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Said it a million times but once you sing "I will see you in the next life" you can't keep singing. You have to stop singing at that point.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    The one thing that bothers me about Ill Will is some of Thom's phrasing. Like, he breaks the syllables up in a few weird places.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    A few weird assumptions there.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    I'd bet a billion quid it's just because it didn't feel right in the track list. I think it'd slot right in, myself. It adds a bit of extra vinegar, which I think is missing from the album (it's otherwise only really supplied by Ful Stop and maybe Tinker) and the bosa nova feel links it to Present Tense.
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    Ill Wind getting single release

    Terrific song. A masterclass in fuck-you key changes. Shoulda been on the album instead of The Numbers ("The Bumblers", I call it) or Glass Eyes ("Arse Wipe", I call it). I think it's so great that pretty much all their stuff has ended up on streaming services. But why are we still waiting for I Want None of This? Must be something to do with the fact it was a charity single.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Called Thom up the other day. "You know what I call The Bends?" I said. "The Blands." Hung up. He was reeling.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    I've decided that the "one daaay at a tiiiiime" bit in The Numbers is my least ever favourite bit of Radiohead (discounting everything before they became a good band with OKC). It's such a weak, weak, weak melody. Such an energy drop. it reminds me of another weak Radiohead moment : “the worms will come for you” in Man of War. Just a sort of bland ascending thing that thinks it’s dramatic but isn’t.
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    Best of r/radiohead

    I miss when me loving TKOL made me seem cool and dangerous.
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    RADIOHEAD LP10

    Memes are banned now.
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    Colin Digging Through Bends Session Tapes?!

    Can anyone read any of the spines on those other boxes? Do any of them say anything cool like "Videotape - Discarded Good Version"? I like both versions of Videotape really.
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    Colin Digging Through Bends Session Tapes?!

    You could play me an entirely different song and tell me it was an alternative version of Lewis Mistreated and I would believe you. I can't remember a moment of it. I wonder where that place is, though. Not because I intend to break in, but it's just weird to contemplate the physical spaces these sorts of things exist in. Do Radiohead own those tapes now? Or XL? Are they in a bunker under the Thames? A barn in Oxfordshire?
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    The second biggest tragedy is that 4 Minute Warning is four minutes and four seconds long. It begins with a big lovely wash of synth noise, of which four seconds could easily be edited. What a shame. It could have been a good song.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    That Radiohead didn't perform Twisted Words for the TKOL Basement session is the biggest Radiohead tragedy of all.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    I asked him about that recently too, and he says Thom confirmed it in an interview. No amount of searching can produce this interview though. It's definitely possible it exists, but I've caught VPC misremembering stuff or sometimes just being outright wrong on a couple of recent occasions...
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    That True Love Waits is just an old fan edit and it makes me cringe to the max. It's the most obvious, literal-minded, unimaginative rendering of the song, the kind of thing that Radiohead have made a career of not doing.
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    I'm not convinced he's right on that one. VPC has a lot of really good info but he can never provide sources for anything - including for that claim (I asked) - and sometimes I think he's just a bit confused. He's been completely wrong on a few points before. Not to knock him, of course. His is a Great Radiohead Mind.
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    Best of r/radiohead

    Current most upvoted thread is a fake quote from Paul McCartney saying Radiohead are the best band of all time.
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    Best of r/radiohead

    Just read 1984 by George Orwell. Spotted the coolest Radiohead reference in there.
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    Best of r/radiohead

    REMINDS ME OF RADIOHEAD. I LOVE IT
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    This Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread - Radiohead Edition

    Ill Wind is superb. OK, it recycles a few old Radiohead ideas, like the rhythm from Dollars and Cents and the ondes + ebow from Where I End and You Begin. But the middle sequence with the synthesiser modulating all over the fucking place is classic Radiohead in the best way. Sinister, funny, surprising, satisfying. The minor-to-major shifts are such a calling card of theirs and this is one of the best uses of it. Oh, that moment when it plunges down at 2:12 is chilling. I often think that moaning about B-sides being left off albums is a rather indulgent wanky thing to do. Yes, we all love The Daily Mail but it doesn't belong on TKOL regardless of quality. But I can't fathom why Ill Wind was left off in favour of at least a few mediocre MSP tracks. It fits. It rules.
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