Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer': The Story Behind Every Song - Deepstash
Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer': The Story Behind Every Song

Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer': The Story Behind Every Song

It took Radiohead a little less than four years to make one of rock's most thrilling leaps, evolving from the potent but familiar post-grunge of Pablo Honey into the multihued art-rock of their third LP, OK Computer .

Everything was, to quote a later Radiohead song, "in its right place" by 1997. Working with producer Nigel Godrich, the band expanded in every area: more complex lyrical themes, a wider range of influences (from Miles Davis to the Beach Boys ) and a heftier toolbox of instruments (electronics, cello, glockenspiel, mellotron).


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I owe my originality to a technical clusterfuck of emotions driven by angst and my dad's radio.

When OK Computer was released in the spring of 1997, it was instantly greeted with ravenous acclaim. According to the music press, Radiohead’s third album was pushing the boundaries of rock, it was about modern life; it was Important. And so, the band’s fans poured over every lyric and every detail in the CD artwork to divine what sort of serious concept album this was, misunderstanding that sometimes Radiohead was just goofing around.

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