The "OK Computer" poll

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Because a new Radiohead album is on the way, and amazingly an OKC poll doesn't seem to have been done yet.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Let Down 30
Airbag 18
Paranoid Android 13
Lucky 11
No Surprises 10
Electioneering 9
Karma Police 8
The Tourist7
Exit Music (For a Film) 7
Subterranean Homesick Alien 7
Fitter Happier 6
Climbing Up the Walls 4


Geir Hongro, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lots of great tracks, but none more so than "Exit Music".

Geir Hongro, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Let Down."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Those who want a "Kid A"-poll. I don't bother, but if you make it I will make sure to vote for "Optimistic". :)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

wot no 'annie, i'm not your daddy' :(

best hidden track ever.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Airbag. I've grown off Paranoid Android and Exit Music over the years. Also hope The Tourist gets some votes.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

LET DOWN.

pisces, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

aaaaairbag

Billy Pilgrim, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Alien

nate woolls, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Show Me Love"

Dom Passantino, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

If Let Down doesn't win, my mind will implode.

three handclaps, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

I once listened through this album in a party while stoned. Though I think I passed out before the end of it. It didn't sound as awful as I'd thought. That's the longest exposure to Radiohead I've ever had.

Tuomas, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^^ the post that had to be made

Dom Passantino, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Did it?

three handclaps, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

overrated

max r, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

Reasons?

three handclaps, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's good but not that good. bit overwrought, bit too "isn't modern life hollow and alienating, etc, etc..." like we didn't know already. i was listening to big beat at the time, most of which sounds shit now, but was fun for a while back there.

max r, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm a huge Radiohead fan, so I don't agree with you, but you're not alone in feeling the way you do. I know what you mean by overwrought, although I'd use the word passionate. A matter of taste, I guess. In general, however, I find their music compelling, creative, and life-affirming, all about trying to grope around in the dark for a sense of meaning and stability that is always in sight but just out of reach.

The one thing I cannot stand, however, is the little cult of Radiohead fans who hang around At Ease and such and think every word out of Thom's mouth is gospel and every bum note the band plays is somehow inspired. They're fucking human, and they make great music, but no band should be *worshipped,* and that aspect of the Radiohead fan community is really disturbing. But, then again, that has little to do with the music itself and more to do with immaturity . . .

three handclaps, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

And the "Radiohead is the best band evah!" stuff has more to do with teenagers with a lack of a proper frame of reference or sense of history than anything else, obv. I mean, Radiohead are one of my favorite bands, but I don't think you can say they're the best band. I don't think you can say any band is the best band.

In conclusion, ranking music: dud.

three handclaps, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Voted for "Airbag" - nice tight Magazine style pop song, great riff, Thom just absurd enough that he's not annoying, lays out their stall very well I think. Second and third tracks are good too, after that the record loses me a bit.

Groke, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

any band this lauded, this successful, this acclaimed by the british music press...

there has to be something wrong with them! ;)

max r, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Airbag GOOD
Paranoid Android STILL UNSURE
Subterranean Homesick Alien GOOD DESPITE ITSELF
Exit Music (For a Film) BAD
Let Down GROWER
Karma Police THAT'S THE SINGLE
Fitter Happier LOL
Electioneering RUBBISH
Climbing Up the Walls NEVER LISTENED TO ALL THE WAY THROUGH
No Surprises THEY *DO* HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR
Lucky GOOD
The Tourist TERRIBLE ABJECT SHIT

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 1 October 2007 12:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lucky

van smack, Monday, 1 October 2007 13:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

lucky

ciderpress, Monday, 1 October 2007 13:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

You know, I nearly wrote the song "Lucky" myself.

This means I know what made TY write it, i.e what his inspiration was.

Lucky - T.Yorke, also M.Grout (my extra bit in brackets)

"I'm on a roll (with it)
I'm on a roll this time
I feel my luck will change"

Roll with it (N.Gallagher)
"You gotta roll with it
you gotta take your time
you gotta say what you say don't let anybody get in yr way (etc)"

Mark G, Monday, 1 October 2007 13:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lucky, in a walk.

I saw RH on the OKC tour in the late summer/early fall of '97 in what I believe was a high school auditorium in suburban Cleveland. They opened with Lucky and, frankly, it was one of the most stunning openers I've ever heard -- the sound was incredible, the performance incredibly intense.

It's odd. I'm not really a "live music" fan, per se. But like a lot of faves, this song will always call to mind a brilliant live performance that makes the studio version that much better.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 1 October 2007 13:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Karma Police, mainly because of the chord progressions. I've always thought that No Surprises should have been the final track on the album, with Lucky placed somewhere else in the running order and The Tourist dropped.

snoball, Monday, 1 October 2007 13:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just listened to this album the other day after not having played it for quite some time. I was reminded that, although the album is pretty good, I'm pretty much done listening to it after "No Surprises." Those last two songs, however good or bad they may be, have never really gotten through to me. The album is a little overwrought and that's why I think it could be done with "No Surprises." I also think I overplayed this album a bit too much in high school. Overall, this album will never be as good in my mind as Kid A/Amnesiac. It'll always be a precursor.

(And someone upthread said it right, "Electioneering" is rubbish, it's a really really annoying song.)

Mark Clemente, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've always thought that No Surprises should have been the final track on the album, with Lucky placed somewhere else in the running order and The Tourist dropped.

ahh someone else said it. OTM

Mark Clemente, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Electioneering"!

da croupier, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always assumed I was the only person on the planet who liked "Electioneering." All those clangy guitars -- classic!

Alex in NYC, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

Looks like I'm the first to voice a bit of support for the magnificent 'Climbing Up The Walls' then...

Just got offed, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Electioneering" isn't much good but it's well-placed - a bit of gumption after four or five mid-paced hand-wringers.

Groke, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

Let Down

kornrulez6969, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can't believe The Tourist loathing. Don't pretend you never listen to Floyd guys.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

"No Surprises," cause it reminds me of "Sunday Morning."

JN$OT, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

great reason.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 1 October 2007 14:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lucky/Tourist combo is among my favorite closing 10 minutes of any record ever. In this post-slsk world, the way I listen to albums has changed, and I have a hard time differentiating between songs sometimes. (Maybe it's just me getting old.) Anyway, "Lucky" and "The Tourist" blend in my head into a 2-part suite. Vote goes to "The Tourist," sorry haterz.

Rock Hardy, Monday, 1 October 2007 15:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

"The Tourist" here as well

stephen, Monday, 1 October 2007 15:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

Voted for 3, still like 1, 2, 8, 9 and 11. Looking at the tracklist kinda reminds me why I haven't listened to or thought about Radiohead for more than a few minutes at a time in the last few years, though, and that when I do I usually want to hear a song from The Bends. Didn't realize people actually like "Let Down."

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Climbing Up The Walls" is fantastic, people.

HI DERE, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's my favorite song on the back half of the album. Saw a great version at the Tibetan Freedom Concert with Michael Stipe harmonizing on the chorus.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have no idea how "Lucky" and "The Tourist" sound.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

the D.C. one in '98? I was there, Stipe sang on "Lucky."

Alex in Baltimore, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

argh you're right

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

airbag

Jordan, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

(I like Electioneering too...great cowbell!)

Jordan, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

wot no 'annie, i'm not your daddy' :(
best hidden track ever.

lol

For me 'Paranoid Android', but I'm not a big fan of this album and don't know it very well.

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Alf, "Lucky" is the one where he's singing, "So PULL ME OUUUUUT/Of the aircrash..."

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

'lucky' feels a bit out of place cos it was a single before the last single off 'the bends'.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 1 October 2007 16:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

one day i am gonna grow wings

mookieproof, Monday, 1 October 2007 19:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think I'm gonna be alone here on voting for Electioneering.

Boo fuckin' hoo. How do you think I feel, being the only one to vote for "Fitter Happier"? Unironically, no less.

Sara Sara Sara, Monday, 1 October 2007 19:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

jesus. every album i completely fell in love with as a kid is having a poll this week.

as much as i love "Let Down", "Exit Music (For a Film)", "Lucky", and "The Tourist" ..... i have to vote "Paranoid Android"

oh and i must add.....greatest album ever

gman, Monday, 1 October 2007 21:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Aged pretty poorly in the last couple years. Four years ago I would have put this up pretty high but it's a little stale ten years later. Still, great album.

"Paranoid Android"

talrose, Monday, 1 October 2007 22:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Aged pretty poorly in the last couple years.

you think? how so?

gman, Monday, 1 October 2007 22:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

I used to be able to go through this album without skipping tracks, but I'll jump from "Karma Police" to "No Suprises" without a second thought, and I almost always turn it off before "The Tourist." Not that I hate the songs I skip, but I've worn them out and can't listen to them anymore. Also, every time I hear certain Radiohead songs I become reminded of high-school gymnasium styled dorm rooms lit by deathly fluorescent bulbs.

talrose, Monday, 1 October 2007 22:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lucky vs Let Down

Z S, Monday, 1 October 2007 23:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Subterranean Homesick Alien is quite pretty.

Paranoid Android is insanely great though.

Mister Craig, Monday, 1 October 2007 23:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

"How do you think I feel, being the only one to vote for "Fitter Happier"? Unironically, no less."

You're not the only one.

I eat cannibals, Monday, 1 October 2007 23:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Airbag" is always going to be my favorite on this one.

Mr. Perpetua, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 00:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always tend to skip tracks too, but I don't skip "Fitter Happier", which fits in perfectly as kind of a skit/interlude.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 02:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I prefer the RadioDread album.

Mark G, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 08:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

lucky, closely followed by airbag

electricsound, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 08:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah whatever. 'let down' x-post

strgn, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 08:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

damn, airbag.

strgn, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 08:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

you know what? this is a pretty good album. things age for people for various reasons, i can see that, but there are some pretty great tracks on here. very of its time, i guess, but what isn't?

strgn, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 08:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Luck fitting into The Bends better than OK Computer == crazy talk.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 09:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

'Lucky', ahem.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 09:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Totally. The mellotron choirs would have stuck out like crazy on The Bends.

Melissa W, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 09:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always tend to skip tracks too, but I don't skip "Fitter Happier", which fits in perfectly as kind of a skit/interlude.

I gotta say, the one I always skipped was "Climbing Up The Walls." It always sounded like Radiohead was trying to beat Nine Inch Nails at their own game -- an easy target, and not a particularly satisfying one. Yorke's forced scream near the end is easily his worst moment on record.

Sara Sara Sara, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 14:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

You are wrong.

HI DERE, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 14:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

(i'd unhappily vote for the doesn't-compute-for-me'tall option but, as is always the case with this kid, it just isn,t there :(

t**t, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

LET DOWN FTW

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

The transcendentally ridiculous, overblown last 20 seconds or so of Climbing Up The Walls are pretty much my favourite on the record. But I still voted Airbag.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

The transcendentally ridiculous, overblown last 20 seconds or so of Climbing Up The Walls are pretty much my favourite on the record.

otm

HI DERE, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Climbing Up The Walls" to me sounds more like a somewhat ill-advised attempt to sound like Portishead or Tricky.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 21:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Regardless of who Radiohead are "attempting" to sound like, even assuming that they are, "Climbing up the Walls" is nonetheless devastating. So, that's my vote. Just ahead of "Lucky" and "Airbag". Actually, now that I'm listening to it again, I don't get the hate for "Exit Music (For a Film)" either.

Lostandfound, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 00:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

Let Down? Really? That's the second worst track! I went for Karma Police, Paranoid Android a close second.

the next grozart, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 00:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Electioneering. The only one that runs rather than crawls. They're a rock band, not fucking Eno.

paulhw, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 01:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

obviously "no surprises". was it used in a film/tv show/advert or something? i dont remember over playing it when the album came out, but when i listened through this album the other day for the first time in years it seemed much more familiar to me despite the time since i had last listened to the album than any other tracks.

pipecock, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 01:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

let down is certainly not one of the worst tracks.

gman, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 04:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Monday, 8 October 2007 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Let Down? Seriously?

Melissa W, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 23:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Let Down better than Paranoid Android? 'Tae fuck!

Mister Craig, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 23:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

How did "Fitter Happier" get more votes than "Climbing Up The Walls"? That is ridiculous.

RECOUNT.

jonathan - stl, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 01:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

I totally prefer Fitter Happier to Climbing Up The Walls

da croupier, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 02:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

havent listened to this since i was 17, in bed, with headphones on, but i really find it hard to believe anyone on earth could like fitter happier more than pretty much any other song ever

also karma police + paranoid android should = letdown x2 at least

deeznuts, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 02:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

awesome......let down finally getting the praise it deserves.

bstep, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 03:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

NOT

--bstep

deeznuts, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 03:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like how the slow songs won this poll. They are the only reason I like OK Computer.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 19:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

LET DOWN? That's one of their worst songs. I like the Radiodread version a lot though. Best? Karma Police.

the next grozart, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 19:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

hey I love repeating myself!

the next grozart, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 19:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Nude"

Davey D, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 19:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

i know let down seems like a boring song but to me it has a beautiful ambivalence, like it's in between happy and sad emotions....

maybe im biased by my own feelings and memories of that song...been listening to okc since 4th grade

bstep, Thursday, 11 October 2007 00:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

actually i think thats why let down won....its the song that has the most room for the listener to put his own emotions into the song, if that makes sense

bstep, Thursday, 11 October 2007 00:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

the Let Down demo on the new white cassette is incredible... i hope more of thom's 4-track demos come out, double tracked guitars + vox, more intense singing

flappy bird, Monday, 17 July 2017 04:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I read somewhere recently that the slightly out of time guitar on Let Down was a happy accident. I still find it extraordinary, the way it blurs and melts without losing an epic feel

Dr X O'Skeleton, Monday, 17 July 2017 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

The opened with Let Down when I saw them in Manchester the other week, surprisingly.

chap, Monday, 17 July 2017 15:05 (two months ago) Permalink

THEY opened...

chap, Monday, 17 July 2017 15:05 (two months ago) Permalink


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