Radiohead and globalisation

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Apart from the fact that Thom Yorke's read No Logo, they are signed to a global conglomerate (Thorn EMI) and are loathed and loved across the globe.

Billy Dods, Friday, 28 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Radiohead appear to be driven by wariness of 'globalisation' but I sense that what's really frustrating them is the 'broken promises' of the current gov't in their homeland, and consequent 'militant apathy' of their burnt-out, resentful constituency (Radiohead's, that is). Not that there's anything wrong with being apathetic and resentful, of course.

dave q, Friday, 28 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

I was shopping in Bed, Bath and Beyond (6th Avenue) the day after the terror attack and they were playing that Radiohead song where Thom sings 'this isn't really happening'. It just seemed like the perfect song of collusive denial. We are all, like Radiohead, in cahoots with international capitalist cartels. Like Radiohead's label's parent company, they often do stuff like sell arms. Our shopping turns into killing, somewhere else in the world. We disapprove, but are powerless to do anything about it. So we whine, and encourage our artists to whine. And we shop to the sound of their whining. 'This isn't really happening'.

Momus, Friday, 28 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Nice one.

Sean, Friday, 28 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The last two Radiohead records have made me feel desperately angry yet utterly impotent and powerless. I suspect this was what they were going for, so I count them as successes. I like 'em.

Robin Carmody, Friday, 28 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Well, Thom Yorke has that lazy eye thing going on, and he hasn't O.D.'ed on anything - so, he's a sober tragic figure. Look out Neil Diamond. A star is born 2001. Jeez, ya gotta at least admire Radiohead though!!! I can't be THAT cynical and chalk it up to simple whining. Great lyrics and you get the feeling that they don't shop at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Yuck yuck.

Joseph, Saturday, 29 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

One small problem with your answer, Momus -- if this is "Idioteque" you're referring to, the line is actually 'this *is* really happening.' Which surely changes things. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 30 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

But Neddy, if I was in charge of the "Bed, Bath & Beyond" PA system, I'd go for the more soothing "How to Disappear Completely"- in which case the line reads: "This isn't happening" and Momus's dissection holds true. So, it all comes down to a "really".

Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Sunday, 30 September 2001 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

10 years pass...

have we talked about ed o'brien's expression in this cover? because i think we ought to have done so

http://www.hipsterrunoff.com/altreport/2012/04/thom-yorke-ashamed-his-ponytail-hides-his-thommytail-cover-rolling-stone.html

The term “hipster racism” from Carmen Van Kerckhove at Racialicious (nakhchivan), Monday, 23 April 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's the expression of a man who has been digitally shrunk so his head won't get cut off in the photo.

Melissa W, Monday, 23 April 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

He looks like he's chewing on something.

Träumerei, Monday, 23 April 2012 21:38 (2 years ago) Permalink


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