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OK Computer (1997)

Artist: Radiohead
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Format: CD
Sku: 60135192
UPC: 724385522925
UPC 14: 00724385522925
Release Date: 7/1/1997
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Airbag ~ Radiohead
2. Paranoid Android ~ Radiohead
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien ~ Radiohead
4. Exit Music (For A Film) ~ Radiohead
5. Let Down ~ Radiohead
6. Karma Police ~ Radiohead
7. Fitter Happier ~ Radiohead
8. Electioneering ~ Radiohead
9. Climbing Up The Walls ~ Radiohead
10. No Surprises ~ Radiohead
11. Lucky ~ Radiohead
12. Tourist, The ~ Radiohead
Third album from Radiohead, released in 1997.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Radiohead: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway.
Muze PNote Additional Personnel: Adam Cummings (guitar).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Nigel Godrich.
Muze PNote OK COMPUTER was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year and won the 1998 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Muze PNote Recording information: 07/1996-03/1997.
Muze PNote Photographer: Stanley Donwood.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Colin Greenwood ; Ed O'Brien ; Jonny Greenwood ; Phil Selway; Thom Yorke.
Muze PNote OK COMPUTER, Radiohead's third album, is the bombastic follow-up to 1995's sleeper hit THE BENDS, which left critics and listeners as impressed with the band's ability as they were curious about their potential. In spite of its technological-sounding title and apocalyptic sci-fi themes, OK COMPUTER is firmly grounded in the rock verities. Waves of guitars rage beneath the haunting melodies and near-hysterical fits of singer Thom Yorke. This complex, intense swarm of guitars is held aloft by a solid, inventive rhythm section and an impressive array of piano and keyboard textures.
Muze PNote "Paranoid Android" is a six-minute-plus epic with alternating time signatures, wild dynamic shifts, drama and adrenaline to spare. "Let Down," with its double-tracked vocals and rhythmic throb, may give a brief glimpse back at Radiohead's past, but at no point is OK COMPUTER anything but a hurtle forward.

Artist Overview

Radiohead burst onto the Britpop scene in the early 1990s with a clamorous, post-U2 take on guitar rock, buoyed by the hit "Creep." They subsequently developed their songwriting and production skills on THE BENDS and achieved iconic status with their breakthrough album OK COMPUTER, making art-rock cool again in the process. The mercurial band's long-awaited follow-up three years later was a sharp left turn full of ambient electronics and Can-like sonic deconstruction, and they've continued the trend with subsequent albums and solo projects. The connecting thread through all the band's phases has been Thom Yorke's intense vocal frenzy.

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Rockabye Baby!
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDNODATA 02
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724385522925

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.64)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]anicked, paranoid and product-coded; tranquilized, arena-size and indelible."

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.65)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Rolling Stone (7/10-24/97, pp.117-118)
- 4 Stars (out of 5)
- "...OK COMPUTER - a stunning art-rock tour de force - will have you reeling back to their debut, PABLO HONEY, for insight into the group's dramatic evolution..."

Spin (9/99, p.122)
- Ranked #9 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Spin (1/98, p.86)
- Ranked #2 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."

Spin (8/97, pp.112-113)
- 8 (out of 10)
- "...Unlike their majestic models U2, Radiohead take on techno without switching instruments or employing trendy producers....As with post-rockers Tortoise, Laika, and Seefeel, Radiohead have a fuzzbox or two and obviously know how to use 'em..."

Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166)
- Ranked #4 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"

Entertainment Weekly (7/11/97, pp.65-66)
- "...Shrouded in wafting guitars, swoony rhythms, and moody-blue strings, it shrugs off mosh-pit conventions for a poignant delicacy and breadth, with Yorke's cracked-throat voice the album's melancholy center....For all of Radiohead's growing pains...their aim--to take British pop to a heavenly new level--is true..." - Rating: B

Q (6/00, p.91)
- Ranked #2 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"

Q (12/99, p.92)
- Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."

Q (10/01, p.112)
- Ranked #1 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"

Q (1/98, p.114)
- Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."

Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67)
- Ranked #2 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."

Melody Maker (6/14/97, p.49)
- "...unlike anything I've ever heard....I definitley know it isn't good for me, and I'm certain it says more about my life than I'd terms of composition and performance, it's very impressive. Radiohead have excelled themselves. They've seen the future."

Village Voice (2/24/98)
- Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

Mojo (Publisher)
- Ranked #3 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "OK COMPUTER sought to disturb as much as delight. It's still succeeding."

NME (Magazine)
(12/20-27/97, pp.78-79)
- Ranked #2 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.

Pitchfork (Website)
- "[R]eal songs and tunes, but ones that didn't shrink from the increasingly unlimited possibilities of modern music-making. In that sense, Radiohead were not only record-collectors but futurists..."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a brilliant album....[V]isual, visceral and complete..."



In 2001, around the time that his first child was born, Thom Yorke took the habit of spending the early evenings driving alone around the fields and by-ways surrounding his home just as dusk was drawing in. "I've got one of these cars with the natty blue headlights and the colours of the headlights got mixed in with the wild-life running into the bushes. The twilight invoked a dream-state within me. It's incredibly beautiful where we live but I used to listen to this Penderecki tune that's really ominous and scary and I'd just get this perverse sense of foreboding."

These solitary drives helped inspire the ideas that bolster up much of what would eventually become Radiohead's 6th album. "I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because - suddenly being a parent - I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day. It was during the Afghan war and it would ring bells in my head. I'd sit there making mad lists on pieces of paper of the people in the public eye that I had it in for." (laughs).

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