1. You / Pablo Honey / February 1993

2. Sulk / The Bends / March 1995

3. I Promise / OKNOTOK / Recorded 1996

4. Man Of War / OKNOTOK / Recorded 1998

5. In Limbo / Kid A / October 2000

6. Cuttooth / Single B Side / August 2001

7. Myxomatosis / Hail To The Thief / June 2003

8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi / In Rainbows / October 2007

9. Bangers+Mash / In Rainbows EP / December 2007

10. Harry Patch (In Memory Of) / Download / August 2009

11. These Are My Twisted Words / Download / August 2009

12. Lotus Flower / The Kings Of Limbs / February 2011

13. Supercollider / Double A Side / April 2011

14. The Daily Mail / Double A Side / December 2011

15. Staircase / Double A Side / December 2011

16. Spectre / Download / December 2015

17. Burn The Witch / A Moon Shaped Pool / May 2016

18. Decks Dark / A Moon Shaped Pool / May 2016

   As far as I’m concerned, the band has done no wrong in the twenty years since I first started listening to them on the walk to and from secondary school. Any criticism I have of their newer material will never see the light of day, though there’s hardly any to begin with.

   I was 13 when I first heard OK Computer, and at first its greatness didn't hit me. I was a fan of the more simple pleasures and straight forward directness of Oasis, and Radiohead in comparison seemed lightweight and pretentious. The southern middle-class students versus the gruff northern everymen.
   Then one night I listened to it on my headphones. All the interlocking textures suddenly jumped out at me; Thom Yorke's wonderfully melancholic falsetto; Jonny Greenwood's sublime guitar work; the soaring harmonies; the frosty soundscapes. I realised that OK Computer was a work of immense quality by a band who knew exactly what they wanted, and would not compromise in achieving it.

   Radiohead's quest for musical development went even further after this release, incorporating electronica and the avant-garde on next album Kid A, but it is on OK Computer that they truly reached their songwriting apex.

   The band have come a long way since first full-length album, “Pablo Honey ” which bares more resemblance to the punk rock bands they were influenced by than it does to Radiohead themselves (some called the band “British Nirvana” after this debut).

   The 2007 album “In Rainbows,” contains some of the prettiest melodies and softest tracks of the band’s career, and a staggering number of Radiohead’s B-sides are good enough—or at least, a sketch of something good enough—to make it to the track list of a final album.


Dan Green August 2017