Radiohead - The Bends
This was the first album that really got me interested in Radiohead. I’m sure a lot of people feel the same! This album was a bit of a departure from their debut, Pablo Honey, and gave us a taste of the direction the band was headed. Don’t get me wrong, I love PH as an album, but it doesn’t exactly break any moulds. The Bends was the first album that really challenged the popular grunge music scene of the time, and spawned an entirely unique sound: Thom Yorke’s beautiful and haunting high falsettos set over the heaving guitars of Johnny Greenwood and Ed O’Brian. This formula would go on to pave the way for other bands (think Coldplay and even James Blunt). This is also where Yorke’s lyrics became more meaningful, commenting and reflecting more on society and where we are headed, rather than his own personal feelings, which was the common theme on PH. It’s a fantastic album, and it’s probably my favourite Radiohead album, although that’s a pretty tough call, obviously.
So fellow Radiohead fans, what are your thoughts on The Bends, and what are some of your favourite tracks on this great album?
Created entirely using an Atari computer, Creator software and floppy disks in Cook’s home studio, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” was a hit from the start.
The title was derived from a Virginia Slims marketing campaign, and the photo used in this original pressing is of a boy at a the 1983 Fat People’s Festival in Virginia. The photo that would end up on the shelves in America was replaced with one of shelves stacked with records.