Tag: Radiohead

Wednesday 12/28/22 6pm ET: Feature LP: Radiohead – Kid A (2000)

Kid A is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on October 2, 2000 by Parlophone. It was recorded with their producer, Nigel Godrich, in Paris, Copenhagen, Gloucestershire and their hometown of Oxford.

After the stress of promoting Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer, the songwriter, Thom Yorke, wanted to depart from rock music. Drawing influence from electronic music, ambient music, krautrock, jazz and 20th-century classical music, Radiohead used instruments such as modular synthesisers, the ondes Martenot, brass and strings. They processed guitar sounds, incorporated samples and loops, and manipulated their recordings with software. Yorke wrote impersonal and abstract lyrics, cutting up phrases and assembling them at random.

In a departure from industry practice, Radiohead released no singles or music videos and conducted few interviews and photoshoots. Instead, they released short animated “blips”, and became one of the first major acts to use the internet for promotion. Bootlegs of early performances were shared on filesharing services, and Kid A was leaked before release. In 2000, Radiohead toured Europe in a custom-built tent without corporate logos.

Kid A debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart and became Radiohead’s first number-one album on the Billboard 200 in the US, where it sold more than 207,000 copies in its first week. Its departure from Radiohead’s earlier sound divided listeners, and some dismissed it as pretentious, deliberately obscure, or derivative. However, it later attracted acclaim; at the end of the decade, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and the Times ranked Kid A the greatest album of the 2000s, and in 2020 Rolling Stone ranked it number 20 on its updated list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Like OK Computer, it won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It has been certified platinum in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the US and the UK.

A second album of material from the sessions, Amnesiac, was released eight months later. Kid A Mnesia, an anniversary reissue compiling Kid A, Amnesiac and previously unreleased material, was released in 2021.

“Everything in Its Right Place” 4:11
“Kid A” 4:44
“The National Anthem” 5:51
“How to Disappear Completely” 5:56
“Treefingers” 3:42
“Optimistic” 5:15
“In Limbo” 3:31
“Idioteque” 5:09
“Morning Bell” 4:35
“Motion Picture Soundtrack” 7:01
Untitled hidden track 0:52

John Lubbock – conducting
Jonny Greenwood – scoring
Horns on “The National Anthem”
Andy Bush – trumpet
Steve Hamilton – alto saxophone (credited simply as “alto”)
Martin Hathaway – alto saxophone (etc.)
Andy Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Mark Lockheart – tenor saxophone
Stan Harrison – baritone saxophone
Liam Kerkman – trombone
Mike Kearsey – bass trombone
Henry Binns – rhythm sampling on “The National Anthem”
Nigel Godrich – production, engineering, mixing
Radiohead – production
Gerard Navarro – production assistance, additional engineering
Graeme Stewart – additional engineering

Wednesday 7/6/22 1am ET: Live Track Show


Cheap Trick, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Everything But The Girl, Specials, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Journey, Neil Young, Heart, Korn, Def Leppard, Metallica, Roy Orbison, Radiohead, Who, Harry Chapin, Carole King, Sara Bareilles, Nils Lofgren, Steve Winwood, Eagles, Rolling Stones with Ike and Tina Turner, Doobie Brothers, Queen

Friday 11/7/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Radiohead – OK Computer (Collectors) (1997)

OK Computer is the third studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on May 21, 1997 on EMI subsidiaries Parlophone and Capitol Records. The members of Radiohead self-produced the album with Nigel Godrich, an arrangement they have used for their subsequent albums. Other than the song “Lucky”, recorded in 1995, Radiohead recorded OK Computer in Oxfordshire and Bath between 1996 and early 1997, mostly in the historic mansion St Catherine’s Court. The band distanced themselves from the guitar-centred, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer’s abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead’s later, more experimental work.

The album depicts a world fraught with rampant consumerism, social alienation, emotional isolation and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer has been said to have prescient insight into the mood of 21st-century life. Unconventional production techniques on the album include natural reverberation through recording on a staircase, and no audio separation, which allowed instruments to not overdub separately. Strings were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. The band’s guitarist Ed O’Brien estimated that 80 per cent of the album was recorded live.

Despite lowered sales estimates by EMI, who deemed the record uncommercial and difficult to market, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200, Radiohead’s highest album entry on the US charts at the time, and soon earned a 5× platinum and double platinum certification by the BPI and RIAA, respectively. The songs “Paranoid Android”, “Karma Police”, “Lucky”, and “No Surprises” were released as singles. The album expanded Radiohead’s international popularity and has sold at least 7.8 million units worldwide. A remastered version with additional tracks, OKNOTOK 1997 2017, was released in 2017, marking the album’s twentieth anniversary. In 2019, in response to an internet leak, Radiohead released MiniDiscs [Hacked], comprising over 16 hours of demos, rehearsals, live performances and other material related to OK Computer.

OK Computer received critical acclaim and has been cited by listeners, critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for the Album of the Year and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards. It was also nominated for Best British Album at the 1998 Brit Awards. The album initiated a stylistic shift in British rock away from Britpop toward melancholic, atmospheric alternative rock that became more prevalent in the next decade. In 2014, it was included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

1. “Airbag” 4:44
2. “Paranoid Android” 6:23
3. “Subterranean Homesick Alien” 4:27
4. “Exit Music (For a Film)” 4:24
5. “Let Down” 4:59
6. “Karma Police” 4:21
7. “Fitter Happier” 1:57
8. “Electioneering” 3:50
9. “Climbing Up the Walls” 4:45
10. “No Surprises” 3:48
11. “Lucky” 4:19
12. “The Tourist” 5:24

1. “Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)” 4:24
2. “Pearly*” 3:37
3. “A Reminder” 3:54
4. “Melatonin” 2:10
5. “Meeting in the Aisle” 3:10
6. “Lull” 2:29
7. “Climbing Up the Walls” (Zero 7 Mix) 5:19
8. “Climbing Up the Walls” (Fila Brazillia Mix) 6:26
9. “Palo Alto” 3:44
10. “How I Made My Millions” 3:09
11. “Airbag” (Live in Berlin) 4:49
12. “Lucky” (Live in Florence) 4:37
13. “Climbing Up the Walls” (BBC Radio 1 session, 28 May 1997) 4:21
14. “Exit Music (For a Film)” (BBC Radio 1 session, 28 May 1997) 4:35
15. “No Surprises” (BBC Radio 1 session, 28 May 1997) 3:58

Nigel Godrich – committing to tape, audio level balancing
Radiohead – committing to tape, music
Thom Yorke
Jonny Greenwood
Phil Selway
Ed O’Brien
Colin Greenwood
Stanley Donwood – pictures
The White Chocolate Farm – pictures
Gerard Navarro – studio assistance
Jon Bailey – studio assistance
Chris Scard – studio assistance
Chris “King Fader” Blair – mastering
Nick Ingman – string conducting
Matt Bale – additional artwork