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Radiohead The Bends

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How is OK Computer considered the best album of the 90''s according to so may polls, when The Bends seems so much better to me? I bought OK Computer when it came out, and still have not "got it". The Bends is far superior listening my mind. Every time I listen to OK Computer, I am dumbfounded how most sources have it as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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oilpiers wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:27 am
How is OK Computer considered the best album of the 90''s according to so may polls, when The Bends seems so much better to me? I bought OK Computer when it came out, and still have not "got it". The Bends is far superior listening my mind. Every time I listen to OK Computer, I am dumbfounded how most sources have it as one of the greatest albums of all time.
I prefer Kid A and Amnesiac to both of them.
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I love OK Computer but the Bends is my favorite by Radiohead. Saw them in clubs a couple of times during that era. Unreal great. The later stuff is all good, too.

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Both great records, though I prefer OK Computer. It’s not as radio friendly as The Bends but still completely accessible
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I recently purchased The Bends on vinyl. Never heard Radiohead on vinyl prior to it. Listening to it last night cranked up. It was wonderful. I remember a review when it came out stating it was the album U2 probably wished they made, which was pretty high praise for the time.

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The Bends is probably their best work, IMO.

OK Computer is pretty damn good too, and I think it gets such high marks because it's the transition from the anthemic high point of Radiohead into the weird, tuneless, unlistenable shit that critics raved about and everyone pretends to like. It has some of the electronic weirdness that was to come, but not enough to sabotage the album.

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Iowan wrote:
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:25 am
The Bends is probably their best work, IMO.

OK Computer is pretty damn good too, and I think it gets such high marks because it's the transition from the anthemic high point of Radiohead into the weird, tuneless, unlistenable shit that critics raved about and everyone pretends to like. It has some of the electronic weirdness that was to come, but not enough to sabotage the album.
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Iowan wrote:
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:25 am
The Bends is probably their best work, IMO.

OK Computer is pretty damn good too, and I think it gets such high marks because it's the transition from the anthemic high point of Radiohead into the weird, tuneless, unlistenable shit that critics raved about and everyone pretends to like. It has some of the electronic weirdness that was to come, but not enough to sabotage the album.
You know, I kind of agree with the gist of your post, though maybe not as strong as you stated. But I have to admit, I know nothing about Flea besides his posts and his avatar, but I have acquired a significant respect for his concise and often hilarious comments. I doubt he pretends on this issue.

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I don't doubt Flea's sincerity, but I think in general my point is true. There are a lot of people who don't really enjoy those albums, but will say they're Radiohead's greatest work.

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Iowan wrote:
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I don't doubt Flea's sincerity, but I think in general my point is true. There are a lot of people who don't really enjoy those albums, but will say they're Radiohead's greatest work.
That’s definitely true with Kid A, which has some brilliant songs but also some self-indulgent nonsense. OK Computer is all killer, no filler (outside of Fitter, Happier, which is a simple skip)
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Zip City wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:12 am
Iowan wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:44 am
I don't doubt Flea's sincerity, but I think in general my point is true. There are a lot of people who don't really enjoy those albums, but will say they're Radiohead's greatest work.
That’s definitely true with Kid A, which has some brilliant songs but also some self-indulgent nonsense. OK Computer is all killer, no filler (outside of Fitter, Happier, which is a simple skip)
I like OK Computer a lot, and I think a lot of people legitimately love it. I'm talking about Kid A and Amnesiac.

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Kid A was my introduction to Radiohead (outside of randomly hearing Creep or High & Dry on the radio), rapidly followed by Amnesiac. They remain, IMO, their apex.
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Flea wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:48 am
Kid A was my introduction to Radiohead (outside of randomly hearing Creep or High & Dry on the radio), rapidly followed by Amnesiac. They remain, IMO, their apex.
Sometimes your intro to an band that you like supersedes everything else they have done. My first Velvet Underground exposure is the live album 1969. I knew that album backwards and forewords before I ever heard anything in the studio. Top 10 album of all time for me. No other VU albums would be.

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