Radiohead - Kid A / Amnesiac Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Pyramid Song 18
Idioteque 18
Everything In Its Right Place 17
How To Disappear Completely 13
The National Anthem 12
Kid A 6
Knives Out 4
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors 4
Life In A Glasshouse 4
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box 3
Morning Bell 3
Like Spinning Plates 3
Hunting Bears 2
Treefingers 2
In Limbo 2
Motion Picture Soundtrack 2
I Might Be Wrong 1
You and Whose Army? 1
Morning Bell/Amnesiac 1
Dollars and Cents 1
Optimistic 1


Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:29 (seven years ago) link

This is when I really began not giving a shit about Radiohead anymore, but "Everything In Its Right Place" is a standout.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:30 (seven years ago) link

Wait. Why.

"righteous indignation shit" (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:31 (seven years ago) link

EIIRP or GTFO

Eric H., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:31 (seven years ago) link

Which is the one about the trapdoors? I can never remember if that's Pulk/Push or "Pakt Like Sardeeeeeens".

"righteous indignation shit" (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:32 (seven years ago) link

The first one.

I must say, seeing all those lined up and remembering they all came from the same sessions (along w/ the sweet b-sides) makes it pretty clear this was their best era by a long shot.

Simon H., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:35 (seven years ago) link

I don't think I can narrow this down to one song

This would be an incredible single album:

Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
Pyramid Song
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
Everything In Its Right Place
Morning Bell
Knives Out
I Might Be Wrong
Optimistic
In Limbo
Idioteque
Life In A Glasshouse

Fight the Powers that Be with this Powerful Les Paul! (DJP), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:35 (seven years ago) link

everytime i see 'i might be wrong' i think of 'you know you're right' and then i think of billy joel.

voted 'dollars and scents'.

balls, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:36 (seven years ago) link

xxxpost:

'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' is the one about the trapdoors.

Started this poll because I've been having a clear out over the last couple of days, and while going through my CD collection and considering which ones I wanted to get rid of and which ones I wanted to keep, I came across Kid A and Amnesiac and decided to listen to both back-to-back. Much has been said regarding these albums, but I was curious to see if these albums had actually been polled together on ILX before, but they don't seem to have done (I searched for a while too). Amnesiac has been polled on its own (started by crut, who managed to not post it on ILM), but it doesn't seem like Kid A has... unless its tucked out of the way somewhere!

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:38 (seven years ago) link

torn between pyramid song and knives out. amnesiac is still by far their best album, i find. it is their most intimidating and frightening one as well, i think. so rich and at the same time so much of one piece. a milestone.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:42 (seven years ago) link

I thought it might be that one. (Pulk/Pull) I'm going to have to listen to them both again (quelle imposition!) just to make sure, but the lyrical imagery of that song, combined with all the crazy textural noises, it just hits my personal happy spot.

"righteous indignation shit" (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:42 (seven years ago) link

in retrospect I sort of wish "Pulk" had been on Kid A in place of "How to Disappear" just to upset Nick Hornby et al even more, but it's obv a much better fit for Amnesiac.

Simon H., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:44 (seven years ago) link

I'm going to have to give serious thought to which track I choose here. There's a lot spread out over the course of these two albums that I really, really like. In a way, I kinda wish they'd never separated the tracks out into two albums and just thrown the lot together as a double extravaganza.

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:45 (seven years ago) link

voted with the sardines of my heart

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:57 (seven years ago) link

voted for The National Anthem

MarkoP, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:57 (seven years ago) link

it sure would be nice to be able to listen to these like they weren't 'radiohead albums'

j., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:01 (seven years ago) link

This is where Radiohead really started to lose the plot. Fair enough, it was very hard to follow up such a brilliant piece of work as OK Computer. But to screw up everything that they had achieved with that incredible record really took some doing.

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:02 (seven years ago) link

uh

Fight the Powers that Be with this Powerful Les Paul! (DJP), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:04 (seven years ago) link

maybe I'm just a big weirdo but every Radiohead album from The Bends through Hail To The Thief is incredible

Fight the Powers that Be with this Powerful Les Paul! (DJP), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:04 (seven years ago) link

you stopped just before in rainbows!

Daniel, Esq 2, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:05 (seven years ago) link

(which is incredible)

Daniel, Esq 2, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:05 (seven years ago) link

individual songs on In Rainbows are great; as an album, I find it unlistenable

Fight the Powers that Be with this Powerful Les Paul! (DJP), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:06 (seven years ago) link

maybe i'm just a big weirdo but Amnesiac and HttT are my favorite ones.

ah, another radiohead thread.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:07 (seven years ago) link

Kid A > Amnesiac > IR > HTTT > TKOL

Simon H., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:08 (seven years ago) link

The four "desert island" Radiohead LP's for me are The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A and In Rainbows. While listening to Kid A and Amnesiac back-to-back tonight it occurred to me that I've seldom listened to Amnesiac on its own... it always tends to be after I've listened to Kid A. I don't think I've ever been able to view it as a standalone album or anything but an extension of Kid A, really.

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:18 (seven years ago) link

Kid A's the only one I love.

Eric H., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:21 (seven years ago) link

I feel like at this point I can't have another conversation about how HTTT is my favourite album but In Rainbows is an overlong mess of songs that are fine individually but fail to work together, but because this is an ILM thread I feel compelled to inhabit some Donwood-esque hell where crying minotaurs force me to have that conversation... forever!

"righteous indignation shit" (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:24 (seven years ago) link

isn't IR like 10 songs in 40 min? but yeah, i wasn't crazy about it when it came out but over time i've come to love almost every song after hearing it out of context.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:27 (seven years ago) link

it is, though BB might be lumping in the "bonus" tracks as well.

Simon H., Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:29 (seven years ago) link

it sure would be nice to be able to listen to these like they weren't 'radiohead albums'

― j., Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:01 PM (25 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

marcos, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:29 (seven years ago) link

It just doesn't work for me, as an album. Then there's TKOL, which is like 25 long and I wouldn't change any if it, it grows more and more cohesive every time I listen to it.

"righteous indignation shit" (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:29 (seven years ago) link

still feel like "in rainbows" is the only radiohead album i have any time for nowadays.

these two are pretty good though, i can imagine a day when i can listen to these and regain some kind of enjoyment out of them. i was a HUGE radiohead stan from ages 17-25 but, i don't know, i just don't get any pleasure out of hearing them anymore

marcos, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:31 (seven years ago) link

these two albums were the height of my radiohead fandom. can't say i listen to them that often anymore, but that's probably because i listened to them hundreds of times back in the day. i'm not sure which one to pick. Kid A (the song) only gets better and better with time.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:34 (seven years ago) link

I go through phases of listening to nothing but Radiohead intensely for a few months (these tend to be rather emotionally intense/transitional periods of my life) then not feeling the need to hear them at all for another year. It's like it's all or nothing saturation point with them.

"righteous indignation shit" (Branwell Bell), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:36 (seven years ago) link

xp yea, they were the peak of my fandom too even though nowadays i only want to hear in rainbows

marcos, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:37 (seven years ago) link

I got off the Radiohead bus with Kid A. Bad songs! Nice production! Got back on the bus with In Rainbows. Great songs! Concise!

be worry, don't happy (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:38 (seven years ago) link

Voted for Motion Picture Soundtrack. When the harps come in is one of my favourite musical moments.

Overall In Rainbows is my favourite album of theirs. Love every song on there.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:47 (seven years ago) link

Voted for Kid A. Love the drums. Think King of Limbs is their best since Kid A. But the only one I really care about is Kid A. Kid A.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:53 (seven years ago) link

Frederik I think this is a tracks poll and iirc there are no drums on the title track of "Kid A" but there is some backwards singing and DX-7 bells

be worry, don't happy (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:56 (seven years ago) link

there's definitely a rhythmic pulse (especially a synth-BD kind of noise) though

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:03 (seven years ago) link

ETIIRP or Pyramid Song.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:24 (seven years ago) link

ah, another radiohead thread.

― festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, February 12, 2014

wait, there are more . . . ?

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:29 (seven years ago) link

HTTT is my favourite album but In Rainbows is an overlong mess of songs that are fine individually but fail to work together

Completely agree with this, but the other way round.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:40 (seven years ago) link

Although the best songs on HttT are definitely better than 'fine', and they don't really fail to work together, but it is overlong. IR on the other hand is the most perfectly formed album they've done.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:42 (seven years ago) link

agree with that except i'd say OKC flowed even better. like melting buttah. so good. but i have a lot more time for IR these days

Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:46 (seven years ago) link

OKC computer is a moody teenager, IR a philosophical adult.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:47 (seven years ago) link

warm radiohead > icy, cold radiohead

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:48 (seven years ago) link

HTTP: I loved the RAINDROPS! part, but couldn't care less about the rest, thought the "Drunken Punch-Up At A Wedding" song was bad-enough to sour the entire oeuvre, like "oh this is what Radiohead must sound like to people who hate Radiohead"

I listened to OK Computer a lot as a teen and never liked the mix, found it rarely transported me away from "men in a room", but the good songs are great enough for me not to care. I love Pablo Honey and The Bends, great albums!

I'm posting in this thread because somebody "accused" me of not liking Radiohead and I do like them, but not enough for some people

be worry, don't happy (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:51 (seven years ago) link

you must love them.

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:53 (seven years ago) link

You left out HTDC

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 06:10 (five years ago) link

See what he did there?

willem, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 06:26 (five years ago) link

Haw

Love the orchestration of HTDC, but the song doesn't go anywhere for me

6 god none the richer (m bison), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 10:12 (five years ago) link

There's something about 'Treefingers' that reminds me of the intro to 'Pearl's Girl' by Underworld.

Turrican, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 21:15 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

20th Anniversary announcements today!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 13:36 (one week ago) link

New / unreleased song on spotify.

Artwork looks super lazy.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:06 (one week ago) link

a bit more is coming

https://t.co/sMZGB0eE7V
We humbly submit KID A MNESIA to you.
It's a coming of age for Kid A & Amnesiac and it's joined by a new album, Kid Amnesiae, a memory palace of half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions & unreleased material.
All three come out together on November 5th. pic.twitter.com/V5Ms5iRUKl

— Radiohead (@radiohead) September 7, 2021

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:28 (one week ago) link

New/old track is good!

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:45 (one week ago) link

Tacit admission they should have been a double album?

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 17:59 (one week ago) link

300 page book looks super tasty.

piscesx, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:43 (one week ago) link

Oh, it does.

I have quickly shifted from "Well, that's a stupid idea" to "Yeah, probably need both the books and the CD of extras".

djh, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

The sleeve for Amnesiac is good but I really have no fondness for anything I've seen of Donwood's art, it's very bad.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:52 (one week ago) link

Sprang for the 3CD set; don't need the book.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 18:56 (one week ago) link

I've got a lot of time for Donwood - his Holloway book and the London Views prints, in particular. His There Will Be No Quiet book is very good. Actually, he was posting pencil drawings (on Twitter) at some point during the pandemic that were incredible.

djh, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:05 (one week ago) link

i ordered the big book/vinyl thing because I'm a sucker

akm, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:12 (one week ago) link

Not including the original b-sides in that strikes me as misstep.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:38 (one week ago) link

that's for the 40th anniversary. finally, then it will all be available in one deluxe package

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:40 (one week ago) link

I can't see any difference in track listings between the various formats.

djh, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:50 (one week ago) link

I was glad of that, I was half expecting some dick move, like putting a collage of unreleased music on a cassette.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:52 (one week ago) link

(I might not be fully paying attention, mind).

djh, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:01 (one week ago) link

I agree with Maresn3st. Never really helped with any of the Radiohead artwork

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:41 (one week ago) link

The only format that has b-sides is the cassette version. It's missing half of them, though.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:55 (one week ago) link

It's the only one that describes having b-sides but aren't all the actual track listings the same?

djh, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:02 (one week ago) link

it has the 3 LP/CDs of the others on a cassette side each... and then oddly not all of the Amnesiac b-sides although they could've fit them all.

His There Will Be No Quiet book is very good.

Reminded me to pick this up. I'll wait and see on this new stuff!

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:04 (one week ago) link

the photo of the cassette version doesn't include any of the old b-sides

https://store-us.kida-mnesia.com/products/kid-amnesiette-special-edition-cassette-book-kaa

it kind of looks like it, because with the formatting it says

FOG
(AGAIN AGAIN VERSION)

but that's just "Fog (again again version)" the same as on the other formats

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:05 (one week ago) link

Look way down bottom right of the cassette box back, bro

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:06 (one week ago) link

sorry to belabor it, but i don't see any of the old b-sides? i see versions of them, remixes or other versions or whatever, but none of the originals

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:06 (one week ago) link

that's based on clicking the "buy" button on https://kida-mnesia.com/ and zooming in on the tracklists in the photos

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:07 (one week ago) link

Look way down bottom right of the cassette box back, bro

― maf you one two (maffew12),

ooooooooh

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:07 (one week ago) link

well, there's always the 40th anniversary box

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:07 (one week ago) link

The new single is nice. Also the tweet above I think is "Untitled V1" since the runtime matches the iTunes listing. So I guess those are just little blendy bits

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:07 (one week ago) link

LMAO @ that cassette being $90...but I want it :[

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:16 (one week ago) link

only 5000 cassettes so you could definitely hoard a few and resell in a couple of years.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 22:00 (one week ago) link

looks like the most collectible piece out of all of these. It's also the one with the most unique artwork. Wish they would have attempted something similar for the vinyl and cd versions.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 22:03 (one week ago) link

definitely a shame they didn't include the amnesiac b-sides with how strong those are (other than some on the cassette) but a full disc of outtakes should be nice. the new outtakes disc is around 35 minutes long, and the b-sides are 33 minutes total, so they could have fit them on the cd at least

ufo, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:12 (one week ago) link

"if you say the word" is exactly like you'd expect an outtake from these sessions to sound really, the same really distinctive sound but the song just isn't quite as strong as most of the released material. i'd probably take it over a few tracks on amnesiac though

ufo, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 00:17 (one week ago) link

This is what I wanted from the vinyl version:

https://m.imgur.com/a/a3vzPic

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 9 September 2021 02:18 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNUzGew1EN4

lol this is such a late 90s/early 00s move

ufo, Friday, 10 September 2021 00:49 (one week ago) link

wait wut is that fake? xp

brimstead, Friday, 10 September 2021 01:15 (one week ago) link

it's a fan mock-up yeah

ufo, Friday, 10 September 2021 02:12 (one week ago) link

Yeah, sorry I should have specified. I made that mockup based on the cassette design.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 September 2021 07:29 (one week ago) link

Curious to hear what the arrangement of Follow Me Around might sound like.

Maresn3st, Friday, 10 September 2021 09:35 (one week ago) link

Still waiting for Kid A on a 12 inch vinyl with half of the record on side A and the other half on side B.

billstevejim, Friday, 10 September 2021 15:14 (one week ago) link

I suppose the reissue will somewhat fulfill this.

billstevejim, Friday, 10 September 2021 15:15 (one week ago) link

Moka your version is soooooo good!

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 September 2021 15:18 (one week ago) link

xp It is really weird how these short albums have only been double 10" or 12" so far and this is the first time they're going on one slab each (would normally be the opposite for these deluxe things?). What can even explain that? They couldn't do whatever fancy half speed cut before?

Also they're not remastered (OK Computer was) but that's whatever.

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 10 September 2021 15:53 (one week ago) link

Really nice interpretation, Moka.

From the pics, the actual version looks a bit lazy.

djh, Friday, 10 September 2021 17:04 (one week ago) link

Thank you! It’s pretty much a reinterpretation of the cassette version. Don’t understand why they didn’t try to make them match, because I really like the design for the cassette and it’s not the most difficult design to recreate in the vinyl and cd versions. I spend 30 mins at most copying the style and they had at least a full year to really put some extra effort into it.

It’s particularly head-scratching to me considering how well done OKNOTOK was presented and sold. With that one it felt like that was truly the “definitive” OKC version. You got a tape with hours of content, a diary, a hardbook, a sketchbook, 4 new songs and all the b-sides from the era. And the whole original album was remastered. Also a unique album design meant to emulate a blackbox I think?

This one doesn’t feel like a definitive collection of what could have been. Nothing has been remastered (not necessarily a bad thing), you don’t get the b-sides, you don’t get any sort of tape with experiments and demos - and there’s probably hours of those that could have been interesting to hear -, the album cover looks like it was arranged in 10 minutes. If you want books of additional content you have to pay for them…. I mean, yeah I was expecting something way better considering how important this era is in their discography and the amount of content they could have put out.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 September 2021 17:45 (one week ago) link

If you ask my wallet, though, I suck at voting with it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 September 2021 17:53 (one week ago) link

Many xps to ufo: that makes it feel all the more appropriate! It's like blips 2.0

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Friday, 10 September 2021 18:31 (one week ago) link


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