The Radiohead discography is probably one of the most consistently challenging career markers in all of rock history. The band may have started off a little slow with Pablo Honey, but the act has grown into an amazingly suprising rock icon.
- "Pablo Honey" - This album is most notable for the song "Creep," a tune Radiohead rarely plays in concert anymore. It sounds like a bird trying to learn to fly. This bird would soar, eventually.
- "The Bends" - The Bends offered the first proof that we were dealing with a potentially great band. Songs like "Fake Plastic Trees" and "High and Dry" showed how lead singer Thom Yorke could be so beautifully vulnerable.This was only the beginning.
- "OK Computer" - This 1997 album pre-dated the advent of the internet and how it would soon rule our lives. With songs like "Karma Police," we could see that these were deep thinkers, clearly influenced by George Orwell and the like.
- "Kid A" - This album was the frist Radiohead disc to come without printed lyrics. York explained that the music and the lyrics could not be considered seperately. This is one band that looks at the whole package, so to only focus on the lyrics is just not fair to the group.
- "Amnesiac" - Inspired by gnostics, who believe that when we're born we are forced to forget where we have come from in order to dealwith the trauma of arriving in this life, this album is about living and forgetting. Yet the music itself is unforgettable.
- "I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings" - Radiohead is such a conceptual studio band, it's worth noting they are also an excellent live act. This album is proof. They truly live in the moment.
- "Hail to the Thief" - It's easy to see this album simply as commentary on the U.S. presidential elections and a play on the song, "Hail To The Chief." However, York says its deeper meaning is bemoaning the arrival of the new Dark Ages and difficult times ahead. He was right, by the way.
- "In Rainbows" - In addition to the music itself, this album marked an experiment where Radiohead asked consumers to to pay whatever they wanted. It worked because the album sold well.
- "The King of Limbs" - This album marks Radiohead's return to more experimental music. There are plenty of loops, samples and ambient sounds throughout.
Posted on: May. 19, 2011