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

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