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|Colin Greenwood||Bass, Bass Guitar|
|Jonny Greenwood||Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Recorder|
|John Matthias||Violin, Viola|
|Ed O'Brien||Guitar, Vocals|
|Thom Yorke||Guitar, Piano, Vocals|
|Jon Greenwood||Organ, Guitar, Piano|
|Radiohead||Producer, Audio Production|
|Miti Adhikari||Producer, Audio Production|
|Chris Blair||Digital Editing, Mastering|
|John Leckie||Producer, Engineer, Audio Production|
|Jim Warren||Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Live Sound|
|Nigel Godrich||Producer, Engineer, Audio Production|
|Jonny Greenwood||String Arrangements|
|Thom Yorke||String Arrangements|
Posted October 1, 2010
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When Radiohead first emerged with their 1993 hit single, "Creep", some were hoping they would become a band that was just as exciting and integral as The Beatles or Nirvana. While Radiohead didn't turn out to be another Beatles or Nirvana, the music they have created has been spectacular on its own terms. Lead singer and songwriter Thom Yorke has taken the gloom of alternative music to heart and created music that is sometimes danceable, sometimes depressing, yet always compelling. The first step towards that was this album.
"The Bends" was released in 1995 and remains a pithy, churning classic. Loosely inspired by George Orwell's vision of computerized, dehumanized societies and by the angry, groudnbreaking comedy of Bill Hicks (in fact, the album is dedicated to him), "The Bends" was like smart arena rock for the flannel shirt generation. True, "High And Dry", "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Just" were timeless rockers. However, the rest of the album reveals a sense of generational surrender, particularly in the title track and the final cut, "Street Spirit", which remains one of their greatest songs.
The second disc of the deluxe edition contains probably more material than we care to. Yet, much of it is very good, ranging from the unintentionally funny "You Never Wash Up After Yourself" to the heartbreaking "How Can You Be Sure?" There are also some impressive live concerts here from a BBC-1 Radio session and some striking acoustic live versions of "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Street Spirit". Radiohead would go on to make even better records in the future. Though it's nice to know that these guys went from making an average debut album and nearly all of their records since have been nothing short of original brilliance.