Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Oxfordshire in
1985, Radiohead consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano and
keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboard, various other instruments
including the glockenspiel), Colin Greenwood (bass guitar), Ed O’Brien (guitar,
backing vocals) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion and backing vocals).
Radiohead’s Key Albums
Released in 1993, Pablo Honey was Radiohead’s debut album it
features one of their most famous songs in Creep. The album received mixed
reviews from critics with some criticising the band’s grunge sound and some of
the songs sounded underdeveloped and incomplete, the albums best songs include:
Anyone can play guitar, Stop Whispering and Creep. Critics consider Pablo Honey
one of Radiohead’s worst albums but it gave way to their future albums and
Creep became a fan favourite song.
Radiohead’s second album was released in 1995, the band
changed their sound from grunge to “multi-layered” rock with a higher use of
keyboards and guitar tracks, the album received much better reviews than Pablo Honey
did but none of the songs managed to become as successful as Creep. The album
lacked the success of Radiohead’s future albums but it achieved fourth on the
UK charts and eventually it became triple platinum in the UK and Canada.
Radiohead’s third album was released in 1997, the band tried
to distance themselves from the guitar-oriented sound of their last album. OK
Computer led the band to more experimental with their music and it gave way to
their future work. OK
Computer has themes of consumerism, social alienation, emotional isolation and political malaise. It
has sold over 6 million copies worldwide and is considered
on the greatest albums not just one of the 1990’s (3rd best
according to rolling stone) but one of the greatest albums of all time.
fourth album is thought to be revolutionary in developing their new sound,
released in 2000, the band changed their rock sound to become more
experimental, swapping drums for drum machines, guitars for string orchestras
and bass for jazz instruments. Radiohead also incorporated electronic music
into Kid A. The album was an instant success registering platinum in its first
week it won a Grammy for best alternative rock album and was nominated for best
album of the year. It came first on Rolling Stone’s best album of the 2000’s
and 67th on their greatest albums of all time.
Paranoid Android is the second track of Radiohead’s third
studio album (OK Computer)