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(parts 1 and 2) for you pedantic types.
Radiohead related I'd go for Cymbal Rush (yeah its Thom Yorke, and what?), The National Anthem and Go Slowly
the answer is actually 'a reminder'
(other acceptable answers include 'a punchup at a wedding' and 'paranoid android')
Best non-album/EP song, I'll give you that. Otherwise you're buggered.
Whatevs, it's nice just to hear RH being talked about on here. And as far as I'm concerned every non-Pablo Honey song is equally eligible to be their best song. ^this, away, you lot!
Those two songs are better than anything on The Bends except Planet Telex btw, and The Bends also contains possibly my most hated song by anyone ever. You know what I'm talking about.
I can't decide whether I'm being serious or not.
The Airbag EP is Radiohead's most perfect release. FACT.
But yeah, this song is the Radiohead techno experiment that will best stand the test of time IMO. It's one of their most beautiful pieces, and sounds genuinely unlike anything else I've ever heard.
This girl I worked with kept recommending it (b/c I already had all of their albums at the time, indie p...nevermind, we all had 'em). She was right. Ace, it.
because my favourite RH full-length album, and by a fair distance too, is Hail To The Thief, which does everything they're good at in a totally exciting and fresh way - RH at their most technicolour
It's so technical, and DARK! Dunno why so many diehard 'fans' seem to slag it off so much.
Though I do, in fact, think you're a nutcase for that. But if it's not OK Computer, Kid A, or Amnesiac that's damn good album to be your favourite. The Bends works as a favourite as far as a milestome/quintessential Brit-Pop album for those who weren't happy with Brit-Pop at that time.
Hope this doesn't launch a full-on Radiohead discussion (kinda do).
then it MIGHT have been the best. Which five, I can't say, although obviously 'Electioneering' is one of them :D
(OK, the others are 'Fitter Happier', 'Lucky', 'No Surprises' and 'The Tourist' - god this album needs a second half)
(I've just mortally offended like ALL of you haven't I - ok, maybe 'Let Down' instead of 'Fitter Happier')
In all seriousness, though, it's nothing special until the last two minutes! ADMIT IT. IT'S TRUE.
but it really is remarkable how it transforms from plodding rock-mope worst-track-on-album-so-far into THING OF TRANSCENDENT BLISS even after you think it's going to finish
Are you fucking retarded?
FINE OK The Tourist can stay - it's actually not bad although a bit Pink Floyd - Palo Alto can be penultimate song
it feels like a rushed album, with the poorest lyrics and vocals barring PH.
i do like the gloaming though
They didn't play The Gloaming during playing most of in Rainbows and quite a bit of HTTF. But they did play Myxomatosis which, according to setlists I researched, wasn't likely not to mention it's a helluva tune! Name a nastier a bassline/beat combo than that. Alright, name those very few..!
Note: The alternate titles are a nice touch, agreed?
I am such a massive wenge.
HTTT is stuffed full of great songs - it'd be easier to list the ones I don't like (i.e. THERE AREN'T ANY) but the especially brilliant ones are the first two, the last two, There There and A Punchup At A Wedding which is one of their best songs ever ever ever.
but I think people see HTTT as a bit Radiohead by numbers, in that it was a slight continuation of the Kid A/Amnesiac experimental phases. However, what is overlooked, is that pretty much every song on that album is a) brilliant and b) completely unlike any other song on the album/in Radiohead's back catalogue.
Perhaps it is just let down (no pun intended) by the strength of what proceeded it.
This, together with the whole SOUND of HTTT, the spiky, fizzing, hyperactive, ever-changing inventiveness of it, is why it's my favourite album. You've summed it up superbly.
IMO, Kid A and Amnesiac aren't as successful as plenty other avant-garde albums by rock acts, and are a bit content to wallow in themselves. Both have some really excellent material, and rarely dip below 'very good', but they're not quite there for me. HTTT sounds fucking electrified.
To me it sounds like the band having a really good time in the studio, taking on any genre/style they fancy and absolutely slaying it.
It's probably their least cohesive album though and it certainly doesn't flow as well as The Bends/OK Computer/Kid A/In Rainbows so maybe that's another reason it's not held in such a high regard.
It does KINDA hang together, by a sorta whizz-bang dream-logic. Well, I think it does. Again, though, I might be mad. Give me breakneck over seamless (almost) any day ;)
Sub-3-minute thrashprog suite - it's like Arcarsenal! BUT BETTER
(waltzes off having offended the OTHER half of DiS)
is the most beatutiful lyrically and musically
If I get old, I will not give in
But if I do, remind me of this.
Remind me that, once I was free,
Once I was cool, once I was me.
And if I sat down, and crossed my arms,
Hold me into, this song.
Knock me out, smash out my brains,
If I take a chair, start to talk shit.....
If I get old, remind me of this:
That night we kissed, and I really meant it.
Whatever happens, if we're still speaking.
Pick up the phone, play me this song.
but How I Made My Millions has always been one of my very favourite RH songs.
Correct answer is probably Exit Music or Climbing Up The Walls or Idioteque or something.
Optimistic through Idioteque, they kick up a proper sandstorm in those few songs. Though I wanna slag off Idioteque b/c too many cunts at the club or jukebox pub like it b/c of the popularity, the beat, or the refrain though it is a good tune. I'd like to say Exit Music and Climbing...are loads better but all three are damn good as RH are so good at putting songs at the perfect place of the respective album so it's hard to say what's their best song...'or something' : P
idioteque or planet telex
Really didn't like it at first, but i love the way it builds, and the guitar tone is top notch
ANYWAY imo there is no best radiohead song, but its any from:
punchdrunk, black star, street spirit, airbag, a reminder, let down, climbing, lucky, disappear, motion picture, pyramid, fog, nude
So so good.
Oh God I'm going to go on a massive Radiohead binge now aren't I? And I had so much stuff I had intended to listen to this week as well.
It is probably the best song ever written. Just perfect songcraft, instrumentation, and execution.
Towards the end, where Thom is layered singing over himself. Perfect.
Maybe for best album closer? I love how Videotape was stripped down while Yorke was out of the studio and they ended up keeping that way.
Sorry to go on about this but there's no way someone can name a song off a RH EP and call it their best, not to mention a proper (Nigel Godrich-produced, amirite?) album w/o a bit of a...y'know, what we're doing here.
That stripped down version of Videotape continues to be a disappointment each time. That live version with the buildup and full-band finale is packed with awesome.
but then Kid A clicked proper. And with it came Motion Picture Soundtrack. And with that came a quivering top lip and damp cheeks while my dog went into have vital surgery (he survived)
Radiohead: Making bawling wrecks out of otherwise watertight alternative music fans since 1995©
It kills me every time.
Their only good song innit.
My mind changes on this all the time, but at the moment I've got a lot of love for Reckoner. It's just beautiful...
Then obviously the last two minutes of Let Down are probably the most perfect two minutes of music ever recorded. And then the end of Airbag... And the three guitar attack in 2+2=5... And Jonny's max msp solo on Go To Sleep... And when the drums come in in Pyramid Song.
Fuck, I'd be here all night if I didn't stop myself. It's at times like this I nearly wonder why other bands even bother...
are a wolf at the door, videotape and kid a.
but then, it changes all the time.
Absolute BEAST of a song.
A radiohead thread!
I think Let Down is my favourite... just for those final 2 minutes...they're just so incredible. Then again...There There is awesome.
HTTT does have some brilliant tracks on it. I just wish it flowed a little better. It can't top OK Computer or Kid A for me
Boringly ordinary as a choice probably but it's the song that got me into the band and still sounds blissfully beautiful in a quietly earthshaking way each and every time.
...ok Let Down is probably their best song but you need to have been emotionally rinsed out by Exit Music beforehand and then when the out-of-sync music box guitar riff kicks you can dissolve happily into a pitiful heap of blubbering mess.
To be honest all of Radiohead's songs are wonderful with the notable exception of Pop Is Dead
that 'Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)' is their best song. It's between that, 'Airbag' and 'Planet Telex' for me. I also humbly agree that 'Hail To The Thief' is a top album and much-overlooked. 'Myxomatosis' and 'Wolf at the Door' are ace.
OK Computer is the best album ever made when I'm listening to it
As is In Rainbows.....
Amnesiac was rubbish
I couldn't possibly choose a best song.....
I've not really contributed anything to this discussion
Take Hunting Bears and maybe Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors out of it and it's great, especially the final two tracks.
there are a couple good songs - Pyramid song being one of my faves, but otherwise it just sounds like an off-cuts album, which it is....
there. I said it. I even love Hunting Bears
It sounded like an early version of 'There there' to me.
Which, by the way, is my favourite Radiohead song.
Or possibly Cuttooth
Having said that do have a soft spot for polyethelene, but almost any song from kid a or amnesiac is better.
Definitely one of their best. Other than that I'd probably go for The National Anthem. As for b-sides *Pearly or Polyethylene. I am partial to a bit of Gagging Order, though.
Nobody? Seconded Climbing Up The Walls and I've got a personal penchant for Like Spinning Plates (admittedly just me, probably), or Subterranean Homesick Alien. Wow. This could be THE longest thread ever.
then I heard the I Might Be Wrong version
now I'm a boring Pyramid Song man, although if Pyramid Song and Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors had been amalgamated into one 8-minute descent into insanity then it'd possibly be my favourite overall
I was disappointed with live version that Thom Yorke didn't try and do the backwards singing start XD
But its too difficult to pick one favoruite. Thing that I've noticed about Radiohead is that you will have probably been a fan since as long as you can remember liking proper music, but no matter how your tastes develop you can always go back and enjoy them. Infact I've found you can appreciate different albums and tracks depending on how you music taste has changed. E.g. going back to Kid A after discovering ambient music and releasing how great Treefingers is.
turned the bends from an 8/10 to a 9 in my book. one song.
That's closely followed by Exit music (For a Film).
Polyethelyne is stunning. And one of the only songs I can play on guitar. Possibly the best chord sequence Radiohead have made - and there are thousands to choose from!