December 30, 2009


Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, formed in 1985.

I first stumbled upon Radiohead on DC, it seemed like an ordinary band, the name didn’t draw much attention at first.

I ignored the existence of the band for a while , but when I stumbled upon it again while chatting with an online friend. I finally tried out one song by Radiohead and kinda liked it :D .

Radiohead (left to right): Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway

Their songs were different from the ones I was used to, which was mostly western classical, pop and some soft rock which followed repetitive trends and those genres had become too predictable for me.

Radiohead came as a nice change, they experimented with their music and the result was a mixture of rock, jazz and punk.

Their music is provoking and has some depth unlike the punk rock bands I find so often (the one in mention is Owl City, try fireflies..but only if you are into that type of music :P )

Some of my favorites in order of likeness are :

High and Dry

This song is about the highs and lows of life. The actual meaning of the phrase "High and Dry" is stranded, without help or hope of recovery, and has nautical origins.

The song is about how sometimes when you think you have everything figured and you feel in control of your life, everything starts falling apart and something or the other starts going wrong, and it feels like the world is spitting on your face.


This song is close to my heart, I can relate to this song. I am sure many of us have the feeling of not belonging sometimes. This song speaks about that feeling.

Check out this link, you will know what i mean

Click here for Radiohead Creep Animation

Another interpretation of the song can be, a teenage love song, when a boy (preferably one who feels out of place) is overwhelmed by some girl (for the first time) and falls into a trance, believing there is something special and unique about this girl.

However in real life, this girl is generally not so special :P

Other favorites are :

  • No surprises
  • Paranoid Android
  • Fake Plastic Tree
  • Karma Police
"We write pop songs, As time has gone on, we've gotten more into pushing our material as far as it can go. But there was no intention of it being 'art.' It's a reflection of all the disparate things we were listening to when we recorded it." -Thom Yorke

December 14, 2009

The end of an era . . .

I was lying on the roof of my house, alone and thinking.
Gazing idly at the stars, they always made me ponder about my significance in the grand scheme of things

That morning, I had given the last of my Engineering Entrance Examinations.
The atmosphere had changed all of a sudden, after days (mostly nights) of hard preparation for these exams, with only one sight in mind, I had sacrificed most of the final two years of my school life to pursue this singular goal, and now, all of a sudden, it was all over . . . and i was jobless.

I was confused, all the pressure that had built up, all that tension and apprehension that was cluttering my head, like a constant buzzing noise that you cant get rid of, was suddenly gone and I was completely free.

I hated this new feeling, the idle feeling of aimlessness. For the last two years, this was what I had been waiting for, the end of the examinations, and now, when it had finally ended. I wanted it to continue.

I had nothing to do, i was goalless, aimless. These exams had been a guideline for me to push my limits, to live more of life, and when i lived more of life everything had meaning. When we find ourselves pondering about the meaning of life sometimes, that is when you know, there has to be a change.

I want to live my life to its full capacity, i need to make a change, i need to break out of my shell, and push my limits, test my potential and raise my head above the swarming heads of people in the crowded streets of life and find my true goal.

I was lying there, thinking, gazing idly at the stars.