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The members of Radiohead self- produced the album with Nigel Godrichan arrangement they have used for their subsequent albums. Other than the song " Lucky ", recorded inRadiohead recorded OK Computer in Oxfordshire and Bath between and earlymostly in the historic mansion St Catherine's Court. The band distanced themselves from the guitar-centred, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends.
OK Computer ' s abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead's later, more experimental work. Despite lowered sales estimates by EMI, who deemed the record uncommercial and difficult to market, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and debuted at number 21 on the BillboardRadiohead's highest album entry on the US charts at the time. The album expanded Radiohead's international popularity and has sold at least 7. Inin response to an internet leakTaconeala - Enrique Jorrín - Milagros Del Cha Cha Cha released MiniDiscs [Hacked]comprising hours of additional OK Computer material.
OK Computer received critical acclaim and has been cited by listeners, critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album initiated a stylistic shift in British rock away from the then-ubiquitous Britpop genre toward melancholic, atmospheric alternative rock that became more prevalent in the next decade. The album depicts a world fraught with rampant consumerismsocial alienationemotional isolation and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer is often interpreted as having prescient insight Antithought - The Letdown the mood of 21st-century life.
Init was included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". InRadiohead toured in support of their second album The Bends. Midway through the tour, Brian Eno commissioned the band to contribute a song to The Help Albuma charity compilation organised by War Child ; the album was to be recorded over the course of a single day, 4 Septemberand rush-released Noord - Rapoon - Fallen Gods (Cidar) week.
We left feeling fairly euphoric. So after establishing a bit of a rapport work-wise, I was sort of hoping I would be involved with the next album. It was like the first mark on the wall. Radiohead Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer touring stressful and took a break in January To do that again on another album would be excruciatingly boring.
And I'm deliberately just writing down all the positive things that I hear or see. I'm not able to put them into music yet and I don't want to just force it. The critical and commercial success of The Bends gave Radiohead the confidence to self-produce their third album.
The stupid thing was that we were nearly finished when we'd move on, because so much work had gone into them. He said that Radiohead "need to have another person outside their unit, especially when they're all playing together, to say when the take goes well I take up slack when people aren't taking responsibility—the term producing a record means taking responsibility for the record It's my job to ensure that they get the ideas across.
Radiohead decided that Canned Applause was an unsatisfactory recording location, which Yorke attributed to its proximity to the band members' homes, and Jonny Greenwood attributed to its lack of dining and bathroom facilities. One song, " Paranoid Android Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer , evolved from a fourteen-minute version with long organ solos into something closer to the six-minute version on the album.
Yorke said: "When we saw the scene in which Claire Danes holds the Colt. Greenwood, comparing the mansion to previous studio settings, said it "was less like a laboratory experiment, which is what being in a studio is usually like, and more about a group of people making their first record together.
The band made extensive use of the different rooms and acoustics in the house. The vocals on "Exit Music For a Film " feature Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer reverberation achieved by recording on a stone staircase, and "Let Down" was recorded in a ballroom at 3 a.
O'Brien said that "the biggest pressure was actually completing [the recording]. We weren't given any deadlines and we had complete freedom to do what we wanted. We were delaying it because we were a bit frightened of actually finishing stuff. Something special Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer when you're playing live; a lot of it is just looking at one another and knowing there are four other people making it happen.
Catherine's Court. By Christmas, they had narrowed the track listing to 14 songs. The album was mixed over the next two months at various London studios, then mastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road. I start fiddling with things and I fuck it up I generally take about half a day to do a mix. If it's any longer than that, you lose it. The hardest thing is trying to stay fresh, to stay objective. Yorke said that the starting point for Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer record was the "incredibly dense and terrifying sound" of Bitches Brewthe avant-garde jazz fusion album by Miles Davis.
It was at the core of what we were trying to do with OK Computer. According to Yorke, Radiohead hoped to achieve an "atmosphere that's perhaps a bit shocking when you first hear it, but only as shocking as the atmosphere on the Beach Boys ' Pet Sounds. Jonny Greenwood summarised the exploratory approach as "when we've got what we suspect to be an amazing song, but nobody knows what they're gonna play on it. Critics suggested a stylistic debt to s progressive rockan influence that Radiohead have disavowed.
The album's lyrics, written by Yorke, are more abstract compared to his personal, emotional lyrics for The Bends. Critic Alex Ross said the lyrics "seemed a mixture of overheard conversations, techno-speakand fragments of a harsh diary" with "images of riot police at political rallies, anguished lives in tidy suburbs, yuppies freaking out, sympathetic aliens gliding overhead. I'm just Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer Polaroids of things around me moving too fast.
The camera's not quite me. It's neutral, emotionless. But not emotionless at all. In 3rd Mov.: Rondo - Clara Haskil, Arthur Grumiaux, Mozart* - Sonaten Für Klavier Und Violine, the very opposite.
The songs of OK Computer do not have a coherent narrative, and the album's lyrics are generally considered abstract or oblique. Nonetheless, many musical critics, journalists, and scholars consider the album to be a concept album or song cycleor have analyzed it as a concept album, noting its strong thematic cohesion, aesthetic unity, and the structural logic of the song sequencing. That's a bit of a red herring. O'Brien said: "The context of each song is really important It's not a concept album but there is a continuity there.
The opening track, "Airbag", is underpinned by a beat built from a seconds-long recording of Selway's drumming. The band sampled the drum track with a sampler and edited it with a Macintosh computer, inspired by the music of DJ Shadowbut admitted to making approximations in emulating Shadow's style due to their programming inexperience. Yorke wrote "Airbag" about the illusion of safety offered by modern transit, and "the idea that whenever you go out on the road you could be killed.
BallardAirbag - Radiohead - OK Computer his novel Crash on the song's lyrical content. It's a contradiction mirrored in the culture clash of the music, with the 'real' guitars negotiating an uneasy stand-off with the hacked-up, processed drums. Split into four sections with an overall running time of" Paranoid Android " is among the band's longest songs. The unconventional structure was inspired by the Beatles' " Happiness Is a Warm Gun " and Queen 's " Bohemian Rhapsody ", which also eschew a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure.
The use of electric keyboards in "Subterranean Homesick Alien" is an example of the band's attempts to emulate the atmosphere of Bitches Brew. The narrator speculates that, upon returning to Earth, his friends would not believe his story and he would remain a misfit. It's a song for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts. Jonny Greenwood plays Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer guitar part in a different time signature to the other instruments.
I was pissed in a club and I suddenly had the funniest thought I'd had for ages: what if all the people who were drinking were hanging from the bottles? If the bottles were hung from the ceiling with string, and the floor caved in, and the only thing that kept everyone up was the bottles? It's also about an enormous fear of being trapped. We're bombarded with sentiment, people emoting. That's the Let Down. Feeling every emotion is fake. Or rather every emotion is on the same plane whether it's a car advert or a pop song.
Steve Lowe called the song "penetrating surgery on pseudo-meaningful corporations' lifestyles" with "a repugnance for prevailing yuppified social values".
It is the hum of a world buzzing with words, one of the messages seeming to be that we live in such a Planetcafe (Bonus Track) - Alexei Zakharov - X³: Albion Prelude - Original Soundtrack (File, Album) universe we have grown unable to detect reality from artifice.
Or people selling arms to African countries, employing slave labour or whatever. What can you say? You just write down ' Cattle prods and the IMF' and people who know, know. The string section, composed by Jonny Greenwood and written Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer 16 instruments, was inspired by modern classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki 's Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima.
Greenwood said, "I got very excited at the prospect of doing string parts that didn't sound like ' Eleanor Rigby ', which is what all string parts have sounded like Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer the past 30 Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer . This is about the unspeakable.
Literally skull-crushing. I used to work in a mental hospital around the time that Care in the Community started, and we all just knew what was going to happen. And it's one of the scariest things to happen in this country, because a lot of them weren't just harmless It was hailing violently when we recorded this. It Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer to add to the mood. All this stuff is getting buried, the debris of our lives. It doesn't rot, it just stays there.
That's how we deal, that's how I deal with stuff, I bury it. O'Brien's guitar is as soothing as balm on a red-raw psyche, the song rendered like a bittersweet child's prayer.
Sam Taylor said it was "the one track on [ The Help Album ] to capture the sombre terror of the conflict", and that Airbag - Radiohead - OK Computer serious subject matter and dark tone made the band "too 'real' to be allowed on the Britpop gravy train".
The album ends with "The Tourist", which Jonny Greenwood wrote as an unusually staid piece where something "doesn't have to happen It has become a song with space. It was really obvious to have 'Tourist' as the last song. That song was written to me from me, saying, 'Idiot, slow down.
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