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#161: OK Computer by Radiohead

3.26.2015

OK Computer by Radiohead (1997)

Favorite Tracks: "Let Down" and "No Surprises" and "The Tourist"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Well, to be honest no one should care what I think about this album because Radiohead has long-been revered as one of the most beloved bands by picky music-lovers and I'm over here on the verge of tears because Zayn has left One Direction. I mean, I think we all knew it was just a matter of time. Part of me thought Harry would be the first to go, but he's just too sweet. Not that Zayn isn't sweet, I just see him being more independent. And he's so gorgeous and talented that it makes sense to do his own thing. Being in a boy band must be grating, no matter how wonderful your band mates. Still, part of me wishes they all could have decided together to disband, but the other part of me is glad that the other four are staying together? It's a complex grief.

Anyway, OK Computer.

We heard Kid A back at #420 in 2011, and I was not a fan. But OK Computer is supposed to be their more popular work, and I'm already a big fan of one of the songs, "No Surprises." I discovered it in the lamest of ways, through a TV show. The season 6 opener of House MD features the song as we watch a montage of House in the asylum. It aired before my first surgery and I ended up listening to this song a ton between my first surgery and last hospitalization. Now obviously the only real correlation between House and I were the fact we were in hospital beds not feeling well, but at the time I related strongly to the constant pill swallowing, isolation from the outside world, and boring routine.























Anyway, the moral of the story is that I have a real attachment to "No Surprises" but who knows how I'll feel about the rest of the album.

(Post-Listening) I liked the first half of the last third of "Paranoid Android" and it turns out I did know another song, of course from a movie: "Exit Music (For A Film)" in Romeo + Juliet (2006). The lyrics of "Climbing Up the Walls" were indecipherable (on purpose, I imagine) and "The Tourist" was kind of nice.

Is This Better Than Every Picture Tells A Story?: Nah.

1 comment:

Linda said...

How scary that time in the hospital must have been. What a long way you have come, and how brave you have been! I'm sorry about Zayn- he was by far the most attractive guy in the band. Radiohead is amazing, but I can only listen to them in short doses or I will get very sad. "Creep" will always be their opus, I think.