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7) Radiohead The Bends

Here is the shock news in case you did not know. Radiohead are brilliant. When they first appeared, I thought they were an okay band and would slowly disappear to become a footnote in music history. Creep, was, is a good song their debut Pablo Honey, had the odd moment but was nothing exceptional and I do not remember the music press or the public expecting something momentous with their next release.

OK Computer is considered their masterpiece (we will review), but The Bends is the one for me.

From Pablo to The Bends is like leaving your local pub team to sign for a Premier League club such is the advancement.

The album opens with the magnificent Planet Telex, Yorke’s voice stunning over guitar chords and drums. It goes up a notch with the title track, takes in the single High and Dry and then the best song on the album Fake Plastic Trees.

It does not let up over the remaining eight tracks, Just, My Iron Lung and the spectacular Street Spirit are all as strong. Twenty-seven years later this album still excites and has not diminished.

Allegedly the band felt under pressure making this record and struggled to get going, they never looked back.


GIVE IT A STREAM: Fake Plastic Trees

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