Label: Capitol Records - CDP 7243 8 29626 2 5 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
It was produced by John Leckieand engineered by Just - Radiohead - The Bends Godrichwho has produced all of Radiohead's subsequent studio albums. It was the first Radiohead album with cover art by Stanley Donwoodwho, with singer Thom Yorkehas produced all of Radiohead's artwork since.
With The BendsRadiohead moved away from the grunge -influenced style of their debut album Pablo Honey Just - Radiohead - The Bendsincorporating cryptic lyrics, greater use of keyboardsand more abrasive guitar tracks. The Bends received greater acclaim than Pablo Honey, and frequently appears on best-of lists. After Radiohead had finished recording their debut album Pablo Honeysongwriter Thom Yorke played co-producer Paul Kolderie a demo of new material titled The Benz.
According to Kolderie, "I was a little shocked Just - Radiohead - The Bends suddenly he pops out a batch of songs that are all better than anything on Pablo Honey.
By the time Radiohead began their first US tour in earlytheir debut single "Creep" had become a hit. Yorke would rise early and work on songs alone at the piano; according to producer John Leckie"New songs were pouring out of him.
Whereas Yorke had written most of their early songs, The Bends saw greater writing collaboration. Much of "Just" was written by Greenwood, who, according to Yorke, "was trying to get as many chords as he could into a song". On Pablo Honeyall three guitarists had tended to play identical parts, creating a "dense, fuzzy wall".
The first two months of work were difficult. While Radiohead were pleased with their work with Leckie and engineer Nigel Godrichthey felt Just - Radiohead - The Bends to follow up Pablo Honey with a superior release. No one could agree on what the lead single should be, so the band worked on Just - Radiohead - The Bends candidates: "Sulk", "The Bends", " Just ", and " Nice Dream ".
The approach proved counter-productive; Leckie recalled, "Everyone was pulling their hair out saying, 'It's not good enough! We were trying too hard. According to Leckie, whenever a record company representative or the group's management came to check their progress, all the band would have to show them was "a drum sound or something".
In an attempt to defuse tensions between Yorke and the rest of the band over whether they should take a break that April, Leckie suggested Yorke record some songs by himself on guitar. Radiohead had a tour scheduled for May until mid-June, which meant that the album would not be completed by October as planned. By the end of the sessions at RAK, Radiohead had recorded several songs that would appear on the album, as well as most of the tracks that would appear on their My Iron Lung EP.
How Will I Ever Be Simple Again - Richard Thompson - Daring Adventures the sessions at RAK, progress was fast; Leckie felt the break gave Radiohead confidence in the songs again.
Kolderie remix the album in the United States. He said, "EMI had been going on about trying to get an American sound for the record from the minute I got involved. Leckie did not always like what Slade and Kolderie produced, but later said it was a sound decision to have others represent the music with a fresh mindset.
The Bends has been described as an alternative rock Britpop  indie rock  and post-grunge album. Most of the album was seen to continue the lyrical concerns of Pablo Honeyalthough in more mature fashion. The lyrics to the songs on The Bendsparticularly those of "My Iron Lung", were cited in the British music press as an example of Yorke's alleged depression.
Melody Maker ran an article around the time of the album's release which suggested Yorke would be the next "rock 'n roll martyr" or suicide. The Bends was the first Radiohead album with artwork by Stanley Donwoodwho has created all of Radiohead's artwork since. Yorke and Donwood hired a cassette camera and filmed objects including road signs, packaging, and street lights.
Inspired by the track "My Iron Lung", they entered a hospital to film an iron lungbut, according to Donwood, found that iron lungs "are not very interesting to look at". Instead, they used footage of a CPR mannequin, which Donwood described as having "a facial expression like that of an android discovering for the first time the sensations of ecstasy and agony, simultaneously".
To create the cover image, the pair displayed the footage on a television set and photographed the screen. In the US, the American lead single " Fake Plastic Trees " fared relatively well, peaking at number 11 on Billboard' s Modern Rock Tracks and number 65 on the Hot Airplay chart, the album received an initially lukewarm commercial reception, entering at the very bottom of the Billboard in the week of 13 May before peaking at number in the week of 24 June  and dropping off the chart after a mere nine weeks.
However, the album's reputation steadily built Stateside as the band opened for R. Much-talked Just - Radiohead - The Bends videos for singles " Just " and " Street Spirit Fade Out " drew attention, before the release of " High and Dry " the album's original UK lead single in early — with a new, Quentin Tarantino -styled music video — reignited interest in the album.
The Bends received critical acclaim in the United Kingdom. Critical reception in the US was mixed. Chuck Eddy of Spin magazine, was less impressed, deeming much of the album "nodded-out nonsense mumble, not enough concrete emotion",  while Kevin McKeough from the Chicago Tribune panned Yorke's lyrics as "self-absorbed" and the music as overblown and pretentious.
But then we went all round the world and found that loads of people wanted to 'hang' with us because of that album. Which was nice. The Youre Too Late - Damon McU & Yavanndiel - Between Two Worlds influenced a generation of British pop bands.
Dime - Grupo Bota - Grupo BotaThe Observer listed it as one of "the 50 albums that changed music", saying, "Thom Yorke Just - Radiohead - The Bends the angst-laden falsetto, a thoughtful opposite to the chest-beating lad-rock personified by Oasis 's Liam Gallagher.
Singing in a higher octave-range and falsetto voice to a backdrop of churning guitars became a much-copied idea, however, one that eventually coalesced into an entire decade of sound.
Without this, Coldplay would not exist, nor Keanenor James Blunt. The Bends took second place behind OK Computer in both and reader polls in Q magazine for the best album of all time. The Bends was placed at number Radiohead had no input into the reissue and the music was not remastered. All personnel adapted from Der Wegweiser - Franz Schubert, Gerold Huber, Christian Gerhaher - Winterreise album's liner notes.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the album by Radiohead. For the medical condition, see decompression sickness. Alternative rock Britpop indie rock post-grunge. Radiohead Thom Yorke — lead vocals, guitars, piano; string arrangements Jonny Greenwood — guitar, organ, recorder, synthesizer, piano; string arrangements Ed O'Brien — guitar, backing vocals Colin Greenwood — bass Phil Selway — drums Additional musicians Caroline Lavelle — cello John Matthias — viola, violin Production John Leckie — production tracks 1, 2, 4—12mixing, engineering Radiohead — production tracks 3, 10mixing Nigel Godrich — production track 10engineering Jim Warren — production track 3engineering Sean Slade — mixing Paul Q.
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