Radiohead Makes Noise

I am not a fan of Radiohead in any way. In my opinion, they are a talentless band that creates hideous music.

I didn’t arrive at this opinion overnight. I’ve listened to their albums from “Pablo Honey” up through “In Rainbows,” some several times. I’ve tried for years to find something about their unique sound that I can appreciate. It just isn’t there. With the exception of “Creep,” their best song by a million miles, the rest of their catalog is pure shit.

Based on that harsh assessment, I’m tempted to consider Radiohead to be a one hit wonder. Creep is the only song that warrants being played in public. Beyond Creep, I will say that the songs “Fake Plastic Trees” and “Karma Police” are pretty good, but those are the only exceptions I can make.

I can barely bring myself to refer to their recordings as music. Their recordings are nothing but noise, pure unpleasant noise. There is no musicianship to be found in any of their songs beyond the two that I mentioned above. It’s as though the band members tripped over a pile of instruments, looped that recording, and put it out as an album. I am quite serious.

The lead singer of the band, Thom Yorke, has a singing style that amounts to nothing but indecipherable whining. I can’t understand a word he is saying. Every song is a four minute whine over a backdrop of ear grating noise. Also, pardon me for being so petty, but the name Thom? It has no impact on their music, but the name Thom makes my eyes roll.

I acknowledge that there will be a lot of people who wholeheartedly disagree with my opinion, my cousin Kevin among them. That is fine. Radiohead obviously has a large fan base, though I really don’t understand how or why. Personally, I find it baffling that they were rewarded a recording contract in the first place.

Author: Craig Tisinger


3 thoughts on “Radiohead Makes Noise”

  1. Well, I can disagree with your opinion, but I can see where you’re coming from. Music is about as subjective as it comes. Their later stuff definitely isn’t as accessible to the casual listener as their earlier stuff, but I think that just shows they got bored with what they were doing and wanted to continue to challenge themselves. Compare that to say AC/DC, where a song off their latest album could just as easily have appeared on their very first (which isn’t to say I don’t like some AC/DC every once in a while). Even as a die hard fan I don’t enjoy all of it. I think it’s hard to argue that “OK Computer”, “Kid A”, and “In Rainbows” won’t be classics years from now, but even I kinda shrugged on the electronic B-side like “King of Limbs”.

    That said, what I would take issue with is that they’re talentless. I know that’s hyperbole, but I say as a (bad) amateur guitarist, the sounds Jonny Greenwood gets out of a guitar are mind-blowing. Or try to do something as simple as tap your hand and foot along to “Pyramid Song” to see the very cool stuff they do with rhythms. Again, it may not be your taste, but it isn’t easy. There’s a lot more talent on display there than most anything you’ll hear on the radio today, which granted isn’t saying much, but they’re still miles ahead of most popular music, and I think history will prove them out as one of the greatest bands of our time. If not them, then who? Our generation doesn’t have much to offer compared to The Beatles, the Stones, Zeppelin or Floyd.

    Now if you want to talk about some pretentious, hipsterish trash, go listen to Animal Collective.

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