Best post on AP for a long time. While I'm a big OK Computer fan I think I have to tip this one to Kid A (or maybe In Rainbows)
Hail to the Thief:
Burn the witch might jump into that list above.
Now if you are talking about strong second tunes on Radiohead albums then we have a really interesting discussion:
paranoid android vs the bends vs creep
Radiohead Album Openers:
For me, (and this flip flops with my mood)...
1.) 2 + 2 = 5: It's got it all. Schizo-manic rock out. (That was a great Glastonbury clip of it above.)
1a.) Everything In Its Right Place: Soothing start to a bit of a pivot sound-wise for them. Reminds me of uni at Queens.
3/3a.) 15 Step/Airbag: Toss up here - which is exactly how I feel about those 2 albums. Which one is their best??
'In Rainbows' is my go to for bedtime with the kids.
'Reckoner' and 'House Of Cards' are their best songs - without a doubt for me. Stunner of a back to back. Some days it's the only thing I need to make my day great.
'Ok Computer' is less accessible. A lot of angst, (even a little sad) - which was much needed as a teen and in my 20's, but now I'm over it. 'Let Down' is in my top 5 best songs for them though.
Special sound for that era - I understand why critics call it their best.
Oh ya, and for the openers...
Burn The Witch - a valid addition. Textbook sound - rest of the album is meh.
>Reckoner' and 'House Of Cards' are their best songs
thank you. When I say that hipster dudes get all 'sold out' on me.
OK Computer gets a new life of paranoia and sadness with these 20th anniversary bonus tracks though:
'thank you. When I say that hipster dudes get all 'sold out' on me.'
> Hipster dudes don't feel things. They're too strung out on coffee and mixed nuts...
Sorry guys but you got it all wrong. Any song on on the Bends is better than any other song with the exception of Karma Police.
This has been the first in a new series called:
HOT TAKES WITH HANS!
HANS' HOT TAKES!
(I like the first myself. Also the song Anyone Can Play Guitar)
My favourite 'Swedes who love The Bends' moment:
At the 1997 O-Ringen in Umeå there was a stage in the middle of the camping area where a teenage cover band played live music.
I think every dude fell in love with the female lead when she started belting 'High And Dry'... I remember Olli Johnson being especially smitten.
my fave 1997 oringen moment was watching Klepperton run around the results area in the beer-O race taking over the lead for team british commonwealth and deliberately running face first through what he thought was a paper sign banner - it was actually a wooden sign.
My crowning achievement - everything is trumped by that moment.
I f$&@ing hammered my head and face off that thing - full speed, victorious...so happy.