Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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The King of Limbs is by far Radiohead's best EP.

Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

RONG. That's How Am I Driving.

Wow, but atease really hate this record, don't they?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I only ever listen to the Basement recordings at this point. So much so that I actually ripped them myself, edited out the studio chatter, and arranged into a playlist so I can basically pretend it is the record.

Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, that's great. willing to share?

willem, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

that sounds awesome.

tmi but (Z S), Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

love the cheapness of king of limbs, sounds homemade, like they made u a demo tape

mod flanders (m bison), Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes, homemade is a good way of putting it. It sounds very organic, the accretions of time, like it grew that way, shaggy and slightly mossy.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wait, maybe that's ~Thom Yorke's hair~ I'm thinking of?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Airbag EP has some great tracks on it but the tracks don't really mesh into a nice whole. Also Palo Alto is on there, and Palo Alto shouldn't be on anything.

Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Aw, I like "Palo Alto." If only for that crazy mean guitar tone.

Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

OMG Melissa we can no longer be friends. Palo Alto is not just one of my favourite guitar tones but also contains some of my favourite Thommist lyrical images of all time - "in a beautiful bombshell I throw myself into my work!" but also the maniacal boredom with which he repeats that "I'm ok how are YOU!" line so that it almost sounds like a threat.

Also I love the artwork / packaging so so much and also the story of Thom and Stanley getting hold of an EMI marketing research questionnaire and ~customising~ it in their special way, I just love it as an object as well as the music on it.

Also Meeting In The Aisle is still my favourite RH song ever but we've been through this before.

How can you not like Palo Alto o_0

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

ya Palo Alto is p all time amazing

I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love Meeting in the Aisle, but Palo Alto is just annoyingly sing-songy in its melody. I know it's supposed to be, but it goes too far for me to be able to enjoy actually listening to it.

Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok fair enough, because that is exactly what I love about it. It's got this real nursery rhyme, playground chant aspect to the melody, especially of the choruses that really highlights and brings to the foreground the repetitive and almost nonsensical aspects of ritual interrogative conversation especially in a workplace environment.

It's also one of those songs that totally sounds like he was describing when he wad talking about getting thoughtworms/earworms (obviously he didn't use thoughtworm as a phrase but he totally described a thoughtworm) and then he said words to the effect of "yeah I get them stuck in my head until I put them in a song, then they're out of my head and into YOUR head hahahahahahaha" ::maniacal Thom giggles::

Also Jesus Christ the textures on that song, did Jonny mic up a malfunctioning radiotelescope or what?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I keep moving from city to city and I always find myself singing along Palo Alto in my first days in the place even tho I don't even have it in my ipod and I've only listened to it on the Meeting People dvd.

Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

this clip

Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Did we actually had a poll for this album? I'm just looking at two banned threads and one joke poll.

Moka, Sunday, 4 August 2013 20:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Either way we should make one with the 4 b-sides included.

Moka, Sunday, 4 August 2013 20:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

i never really got into this i guess

markers, Sunday, 4 August 2013 22:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

good album. it feels quite a minor entry in their catalog though and I think that's because of its relatively short length. If they'd put The Daily Mail, Supercollider, etc. on it then I think it'd be seen as heftier.

arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Sunday, 4 August 2013 23:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Heft is what i go to Beethoven for - I actually rank TKOL just below Kid A, my favorite. Many of their albs are bloated where TKOL does what it sets out to, does it well and moves on not a minute too late.

recordin' mofo (rattled), Monday, 5 August 2013 01:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't understand the hate for TKOL, the grooves that they achieve in here are excellent, they've been trying to hit this plateau for almost two decades. This is the first album where the band feel in full control of what they wanted to do, the interviews with the band sort of confirm it, they feel relaxed and happy. This might be the first RH record where Thom's interviews aren't unnecessarily cryptic.

Moka, Monday, 5 August 2013 05:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

have i said this? live from the basement tkol > tkol

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 5 August 2013 06:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Serious lol at the idea of any album being improved by adding The Daily Mail to it.

Matt DC, Monday, 5 August 2013 08:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

why not, Matt?

arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Monday, 5 August 2013 10:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xxpost yeah the LFTB version is loads better

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Monday, 5 August 2013 10:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

i'm not crazy about TKOL, i feel like "in rainbows" is the best thing they've done. when i feel like listening to radiohead i put on in rainbows. it just exudes more of warmth and accessibility that a lot of the others. despite being a radiohead stan in my college years, nowadays i feel like i almost flat out don't like ok computer, the bends, HTTT, or TKOL.

marcos, Monday, 5 August 2013 13:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xxpost yeah the LFTB version is loads better

Agreed. It's the version of these songs that I still reach for.

doug watson, Monday, 5 August 2013 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

this is still a very good, very interesting album (which has a much stronger second-half).

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 1 March 2014 17:30 (6 months ago) Permalink

It's interesting and good but I still can't particularly get into it.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 1 March 2014 18:05 (6 months ago) Permalink

i went through the typical arc. loved it; began recognizing its flaws (lack of hooks, some meandering, interesting ideas that don't always yield interesting songs); returned to it a few years later and realize, again, it's damn good.

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 1 March 2014 18:08 (6 months ago) Permalink

I don't remember where I read/heard this but someone somewhere said something about the title being a double reference: the obvious reference is the tree, but the secondary reference is the influence of dubstep. Considering the sound of a couple of the album's tracks ('Feral' most prominently and obviously) and the remix project that followed, this seems more than a little plausible.

I didn't read this whole topic, so sorry if someone's already mentioned this upthread.

But yes, King of Limbs is very high in my favorite Radiohead albums list. Arguably #2.

Austin, Saturday, 1 March 2014 19:38 (6 months ago) Permalink

it's one of the most interesting radiohead discs. a big, interesting left-turn.

it's been three years! when's the next disc coming out? overdue.

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 1 March 2014 19:48 (6 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Definitely a grower this one, the only track I'm not into at all now is Feral.

Three years to creep up on you is a hell of a slow-burner though.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 3 April 2014 11:37 (4 months ago) Permalink

And it's not like I didn't listen to it for two years, stuck it on one day and was like 'actually this is quite good'. They are one of my favourite bands and I have been actively trying to crack it since it came out.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 3 April 2014 11:42 (4 months ago) Permalink

i put it on this week for the first time in quite awhile and had the same reaction. it comes off much better without the weight of 'new radiohead album!' expectations. the second half is really lovely (codex!).

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 3 April 2014 12:53 (4 months ago) Permalink

the only part i'm not into (still) is the offbeat guitars on 'little by little', it just seems unnecessarily awkward.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 3 April 2014 12:54 (4 months ago) Permalink

Wow. I thought 22 listens was a long time to persist with something one didn't really like. Three years is... wow.

Branwell Bell, Thursday, 3 April 2014 12:57 (4 months ago) Permalink

Well it's not like I hated it or anything, always thought there were nice and interesting moments. And I'd maybe listen to it once every two weeks or something.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 3 April 2014 13:16 (4 months ago) Permalink

That wasn't a sarcastic "wow" - I'm actually quite impressed with that as a listening exercise, and an example of how music can grow on you.

Branwell Bell, Thursday, 3 April 2014 13:18 (4 months ago) Permalink

If it was pretty much any other band I probably wouldn't have bothered.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 3 April 2014 13:19 (4 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I completely understand that sentiment. That if you love everything else by an artist, except that *one* work, you would be more prepared to delve into it and figure out what made it tick.

(I still feel a bit bad about choosing not to make that effort with AMOK when it didn't click. But I also felt like that was an album I could force myself through repetition to like, but never really love.)

Branwell Bell, Thursday, 3 April 2014 13:23 (4 months ago) Permalink

Sorry about the username synergy. Anyway...

The 4-song finale of LotusFlower-Codex-GiveUpTheGhost-Separator is on par with the best of their post-Kid A albums. In contrast, it's the first four songs of the album that sound like tossed-off B-sides. "Hail to the Thief" B-sides specifically.

There was a live guitar rendition of "Good Morning Mr. Magpie" floating around for years that was much better than the version that ended up on "King of Limbs." And several stand-alone tracks were released just before and after "King of Limbs" -- "These Are My Twisted Words," "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," "Supercollider," "The Butcher." Should've added at least some of these to make it a complete 10- or 12-song album.

/Rant over (from a fan)

LimbsKing, Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:03 (4 months ago) Permalink

I agree. Second side is great. First side is weak but wouldn't matter so much if there were 12 songs instead of eight. I wouldn't mind Feral at all on Hail to the Thief but here I was like, Really? You're devoting one-eighth of your first album in four years to this?! KoL doesn't sound bad to me, just insubstantial, incomplete. It needed one of those annoying (but ultimately correct) A&R men who says go away and write some more songs, it's not done yet.

What is wrong with songs? Absolutely nothing. Songs are great. (DL), Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:18 (4 months ago) Permalink

still waiting for this to creep up on me, probably doesn't help that I skip most of the tracks when they come up

nitro-burning funny car (Moodles), Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:20 (4 months ago) Permalink

was that guy from Friendly Furnaces actually kidding re 'Harry Patch'? i can't believe he was tbh.

In an interview with AOL's Spinner.com, Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces criticized the song's release, saying of Radiohead: "Fuck you! You brand yourself by brazenly and arbitrarily associating yourself with things that you know people consider cool. That is bogus. That's a put-on. That's a branding technique, and Radiohead have their brand that they're popular and intelligent, so they have a song about Harry Patch." The Fiery Furnace's publicist said that Friedberger confused Harry Patch, the veteran, with Harry Partch, the microtonal composer. Indeed, in the interview Friedberger mockingly asks "Is it 48 notes to the octave?" in reference to Partch's just intonation 43-tone scale. Friedberger defended his reference to the composer as deliberate "fooling around" rather than genuine confusion. In the same statement, Friedberger says he "would have much preferred to insult Beck but he is too afraid of Scientologists"; shortly thereafter, Beck released a song about Harry Partch, which Pitchfork referred to as either "directly related to Friedberger's remarks, or just one hell of a coincidence". Radiohead did not respond to Friedberger's criticisms.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Patch_(In_Memory_Of)

piscesx, Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:22 (4 months ago) Permalink

separator is a really lovely, appropriate way to close this disc. yes, very strong side-two on this album.

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:23 (4 months ago) Permalink

In contrast, it's the first four songs of the album that sound like tossed-off B-sides. "Hail to the Thief" B-sides specifically.

kind of agree with this but 'Bloom' is mysterious and great. i'm fine with 'Feral' as a cool electronic instrumental/interlude, even on a short album.

i think my main problem with the first third of the album is the way the live drums were recorded/mixed.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:39 (4 months ago) Permalink

It needed one of those annoying (but ultimately correct) A&R men who says go away and write some more songs, it's not done yet.

"Where's the single?!" But yes, agree with this.

LimbsKing, Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:49 (4 months ago) Permalink

"Where's the single?" made Springsteen write Blinded by the Light, Blur write For Tomorrow and Bat for Lashes write Laura. A&R men can be dunderheads but sometimes they're like great editors, saying "This is good but it could be great. Try harder."

Imagining the look on Thom Yorke's face as I tell him this, obviously.

What is wrong with songs? Absolutely nothing. Songs are great. (DL), Thursday, 3 April 2014 15:02 (4 months ago) Permalink


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