Radiohead was by 1997 already an established rock band, ascending into an elite which included the two 1980s survivors, ... These things are never clear at the time, and on release OK Computer might have sent Radiohead backwards.
Author: Dai Griffiths
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Social Science
Seemingly granted 'classic album' status within days of its release in 1997, OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World – a label the band has been burdened by (and has fooled around with) ever since. Through close musical analysis of each song, Dai Griffiths explores the themes and ideas that have made this album resonate so deeply with its audience, and argues that OK Computer is one of the most successfully realized CD albums so far created.
Through close musical analysis of each song, Dai Griffiths explores the themes and ideas that have made this album resonate so deeply with its audience, and argues that OK Computer is one of the most successfully realized CD albums so far ...
Author: Dai Griffiths
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Social Science
Seemingly granted ‘classic album' status within days of its release in 1997, OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World - a label the band has been burdened by (and has fooled around with) ever since. Through close musical analysis of each song, Dai Griffiths explores the themes and ideas that have made this album resonate so deeply with its audience, and argues that OK Computer is one of the most successfully realized CD albums so far created. EXCERPT But then ‘Karma Police' changes. After the second chorus the track lifts, in various ways. Harmonically, there's a key change of sorts (the sheet music charmingly follows the convention of preparing the reader for the new key signature), from E minor to B minor, although in truth both sections use similar chords. Then vocally or melodically, the key change takes Thom Yorke to his angelic register. Texturally, there's a big shift, with all the instruments doing lighter things. Best to my mind though, there's the one word, phew. Phew's great: it's a cartoon word, like ‘gulp' or ‘zzzz' or ‘bah'. Its precision matters, the fact that it's really there, properly pronounced, not just sort-of-breathed...
Not only the largest and most detailed study yet published of the last ever classic album, but the most in-depth analysis of Radiohead available.
Author: Tim Footman
Category: Alternative rock musicians
Footman's book gives a detailed track-by-track breakdown of OK Computer - hailed as the last of the classic albums - and traces its influences, from music, film, literature, art and politics. Setting the album in the context of the period in which it was released, Footman shows how the songs are intended to sit alongside one another, released in an era before downloads and cherry-picking the hits were even fashionable. Not only the largest and most detailed study yet published of the last ever classic album, but the most in-depth analysis of Radiohead available.
RADIOHEAD OK Computer CAPITOL, 1997 "OK Computer was never meant to be a concept album," insists Radiohead guitarist Ed ... Certainly, that would be one way to describe Radiohead's 1 997 electro-prog masterwork — that it was just a ...
From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear. With dynamic photography, bold graphic design, and informed irreverence, the pages of SPIN pulsate with the energy of today's most innovative sounds. Whether covering what's new or what's next, SPIN is your monthly VIP pass to all that rocks.
on the next generation's music through Radiohead's. OK. Computer. Ben Schleifer Life begins with a simple, quiet heartbeat. Some might say that a musical beat mimics a heartbeat and reminds us of a time we cannot remember.
Author: Russell Reising
The endurance of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon on the Billboard Top 100 Chart is legendary, and its continuing sales and ongoing radio airplay ensure its inclusion on almost every conceivable list of rock's greatest albums. This collection of essays provides indispensable studies of the monumental 1973 album from a variety of musical, cultural, literary and social perspectives. The development and change of the songs is considered closely, from the earliest recordings through to the live, filmed performance at London's Earls Court in 1994. The band became almost synonymous with audio-visual innovations, and the performances of the album at live shows were spectacular moments of mass-culture although Roger Waters himself spoke out against such mass spectacles. The band's stage performances of the album serve to illustrate the multifaceted and complicated relationship between modern culture and technology. The album is therefore placed within the context of developments in late 1960s/early 1970s popular music, with particular focus on the use of a variety of segues between tracks which give the album a multidimensional unity that is lacking in Pink Floyd's later concept albums. Beginning with 'Breathe' and culminating in 'Eclipse', a tonal and motivic coherence unifies the structure of this modern song cycle. The album is also considered in the light of modern day 'tribute' bands, with a discussion of the social groups who have the strongest response to the music being elaborated alongside the status of mediated representations and their relation to the 'real' Pink Floyd.
Selected around the world as one of the best albums of 1997, OK Computer features brilliant and innovative guitar work.
Publisher: Warner Bros. Publications
Selected around the world as one of the best albums of 1997, OK Computer features brilliant and innovative guitar work. Titles are: Airbag * Paranoid Android * Subterranean Homesick Alien * Exit Music (For a Film) * Let Down * Karma Police * Electioneering * Climbing up the Walls * No Surprises * Lucky * The Tourist.
... NME 409 Schreiber, Ryan (31 December 1997), ”Radiohead: OK Computer: Pitchfork Review” http://web.archive.org/web/20010303103405/www.pitchforkmedia.com/recordreviews/r/radiohead/ok-computer.shtml, Pitchfork Media, archived from the ...
Author: Marianne Tatom LettsPublish On: 2010-11-08
23 Some of the more obvious parallels between Radiohead's OK Computer and the progressive rock genre were the band's experimentation with the Moog and Mellotron—instruments used heavily by bands such as the Moody Blues, Genesis, ...
Author: Marianne Tatom Letts
Publisher: Indiana University Press
How the British rock band Radiohead subverts the idea of the concept album in order to articulate themes of alienation and anti-capitalism is the focus of Marianne Tatom Letts's analysis of Kid A and Amnesiac. These experimental albums marked a departure from the band's standard guitar-driven base layered with complex production effects. Considering the albums in the context of the band's earlier releases, Letts explores the motivations behind this change. She places the two albums within the concept-album/progressive-rock tradition and shows how both resist that tradition. Unlike most critics of Radiohead, who focus on the band's lyrics, videos, sociological importance, or audience reception, Letts focuses on the music itself. She investigates Radiohead's ambivalence toward its own success, as manifested in the vanishing subject of Kid A on these two albums.
OK Computer s'est imposé comme un des points culminants de la culture musicale des années 1990. C'est aussi l'album qui fait entrer Radiohead dans le cercle très restreint des musiciens dont on a souligné la capacité de réaliser la synthèse créative de leur époque, celui qui leur a permis d'accéder au statut enviable de groupe "exigeant" adulé par un large public.
“19 Things We Learned Hanging Out with Radiohead.” Rolling Stone, June 8, 2017. Accessed July 25, 2018. https://www.rollingstone.com. ———. “Radiohead's OK Computer: An Oral History.” Rolling Stone, June 16, 2017.
Author: Phil Rose
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Phil Rose delves into Radiohead’s work and its cultural context, drawing out how the music addresses political, environmental, and social crises. This book reveals the true depth and musical genius that has solidified Radiohead’s place in rock history and pop culture.