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The Tourist

The Tourist

Radiohead slowed down things for OK Computer 's atmospheric closer, which musically contrasts with the mad rush described in the lyrics. "Came from being in a beautiful square in France on a sunny day and watching all these American tourists being wheeled around, frantically trying to see everything in ten minutes. You know: We've got to be in Paris tomorrow morning!". The arrangement feels fittingly breathable and open — Greenwood, the track's chief architect, told Humo , "It’s a song where there doesn’t have to happen anything every three seconds. It is become a song with space.”


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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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