13. Street spirit [fade out] (Radiohead)

The progession of Radiohead (image credit) over their first three albums (Pablo Honey, The bends, OK Computer) is probably unparalleled in musical history. The highly experimental OK Computer is quite rightly widely seen as one of the best albums of all time. However, more and more, I am inclined to think that The bends from 1995 is even better. One of the songs that is causing this shift in preference is Street spirit (Fade out), which really grew on me in the course of time. One of the bleakest songs this side of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. Thom Yorke said it was about "fighting with the devil and losing every time." He has trouble playing it at concerts, because it's so draining to look into the eyes of a cheering audience when singing of total despair.

Other songs by this act that would have Fake plastic trees.


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