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The album was well received by critics in North America. In The New Yorker , Alex Ross praised its progressiveness, and contrasted Radiohead's risk-taking with the musically conservative "dadrock" of their contemporaries Oasis. Ross wrote that "Throughout the album, contrasts of mood and style are extreme This band has pulled off one of the great art-pop balancing acts in the history of rock. Reviews for Entertainment Weekly ,  the Chicago Tribune ,  and Time  were mixed or contained qualified praise.
Robert Christgau from The Village Voice said Radiohead immersed Yorke's vocals in "enough electronic marginal distinction to feed a coal town for a month" and to compensate for how soulless the songs are, resulting in "arid" art rock. It is easy to be impressed by, but ultimately hard to love, an album that luxuriates so readily in its own despondency. The album appeared in many critics' lists and listener polls for best album of the year.
Q and Les Inrockuptibles both listed the album in their unranked year-end polls. Praise for the album overwhelmed the band; Greenwood felt the praise had been exaggerated because The Bends had been "under-reviewed possibly and under-received. It's a reflection of all the disparate things we were listening to when we recorded it.
OK Computer has appeared frequently in professional lists of greatest albums. Club  and Slant  received the album favourably. The album has been cited by some as undeserving of its acclaim. Green of The Daily Telegraph called the album "self-indulgent whingeing" and maintains that the positive critical consensus towards OK Computer is an indication of "a 20th-century delusion that rock is the bastion of serious commentary on popular music" to the detriment of electronic and dance music.
Having deemed it "self-regarding" and overrated, he later warmed to the record and found it indicative of Radiohead's cerebral sensibility and "rife with discrete pleasures and surprises". OK Computer was recorded in the lead up to the general election and released a month after the victory of Tony Blair 's New Labour government. The album was perceived by critics as an expression of dissent and scepticism toward the new government and a reaction against the national mood of optimism.
In an interview, Yorke doubted that Blair's policies would differ from the preceding two decades of Conservative government. He said the public reaction to the death of Princess Diana was more significant, as a moment when the British public realised "the royals had had us by the balls for the last hundred years, as had the media and the state. Critics have compared Radiohead's statements of political dissatisfaction to those of earlier rock bands. David Stubbs said that, where punk rock had been a rebellion against a time of deficit and poverty, OK Computer protested the "mechanistic convenience" of contemporary surplus and excess.
The album's tone has been described as millennial   or futuristic ,  anticipating cultural and political trends. According to The A. Club writer Steven Hyden in the feature "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation", "Radiohead appeared to be ahead of the curve, forecasting the paranoia, media-driven insanity, and omnipresent sense of impending doom that's subsequently come to characterise everyday life in the 21st century.
I think the world would probably improve. That album is fucking brilliant. It changed my life, so why wouldn't it change his? The play, written by Joel Horwood , Chris Perkins, Al Smith and Chris Thorpe, interprets the album's 12 tracks into a story about a man who awakens in a Berlin hospital with memory loss and returns to England with doubts that the life he's returned to is his own.
The release of OK Computer coincided with the decline of Britpop. OK Computer ' s popularity influenced the next generation of British alternative rock bands, [nb 5] and established musicians in a variety of genres have praised it.
Although OK Computer ' s influence on rock musicians is widely acknowledged, several critics believe that its experimental inclination was not authentically embraced on a wide scale. Footman said the "Radiohead Lite" bands that followed were "missing [ OK Computer 's ] sonic inventiveness, not to mention the lyrical substance.
OK Computer triggered a minor revival of progressive rock and ambitious concept albums , with a new wave of prog-influenced bands crediting OK Computer for enabling their scene to thrive.
OK Computer was important because it reintroduced unconventional writing and song structures. Radiohead were the Trojan Horse in that respect. Here's a band that came from the indie rock tradition that snuck in under the radar when the journalists weren't looking and started making these absurdly ambitious and pretentious—and all the better for it—records.
Radiohead left EMI , parent company of Parlophone, in after failed contract negotiations. EMI retained the copyright to Radiohead's back catalogue of material recorded while signed to the label. The first disc contains the original studio album, the second disc contains B-sides collected from OK Computer singles and live recording sessions, and the DVD contains a collection of music videos and a live television performance. Press reaction to the reissue expressed concern that EMI was exploiting Radiohead's back catalogue.
Larry Fitzmaurice of Spin accused EMI of planning to "issue and reissue [Radiohead's] discography until the cash stops rolling in". The reissue was critically well received, although reception was mixed about the supplemental material. A review written by Scott Plagenhoef for Pitchfork awarded the reissue a perfect score, arguing that it was worth buying for fans who did not already own the rare material.
Plagenhoef said, "That the band had nothing to do with these is beside the point: this is the final word on these records, if for no other reason that the Beatles' September 9 remaster campaign is, arguably, the end of the CD era.
Club writer Josh Modell praised both the bonus disc and the DVD, and said of the album, "It really is the perfect synthesis of Radiohead's seemingly conflicted impulses. The "collector's editions" of Radiohead albums, issued without Radiohead's approval, were removed from streaming services.
The reissue includes a remastered version of the album, plus eight B-sides and three previously unreleased tracks: " I Promise ," " Man of War ", and " Lift ". The special edition includes books of artwork and notes and an audio cassette of demos and session recordings, including previously unreleased songs.
In early June , nearly 18 hours of demos, outtakes and other material recorded during the OK Computer period leaked online. On 11 June, Radiohead made the archive available to stream or purchase from the music sharing site Bandcamp for 18 days, with proceeds going to the environmental advocacy group Extinction Rebellion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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It tapped into a lot of buried emotions that people hadn't wanted to explore or talk about. Main article: MiniDiscs Hacked. See Letts , pp. See Footman , p. Forbes reported 2. BBC News reported 3 million in sales across Europe in , bringing the worldwide total to at least 6. Music Week reported that the album had sold 1. Exact sales figures from other territories are not known. OK Computer has certainly sold more than 7. The genre was a key element of the broader cultural movement Cool Britannia.
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Side B: wish you werked here? Side B: Fire. Side B: Kill pimps, indeed. There is a continual stream of criticism and rude abuse poured over each other's favourite enterprises, but having and giving back that kind of attention is part of the fun. Everyone wants to get in on the act. Everyone can. For the Subway Sect, it's their first-ever gig. There's Vic Goddard 19 and Paul Myers bass. Paul Smith 18 has played for five weeks, and Robert Miller lead guitar for three months.
They are familiar faces, having been in the audience at many Pistols gigs. It's been tough for them to find rehearsal rooms, but after a weekend at the Clash's spacious studio their set is debut-ready. They stalk purposefully on stage and, without looking at the audience, start a lengthy, foot-finding warm up. Already they look like they belong together. We're part of the U. They are unashamedly inspired, by the Pistols.
Vic stands before the mike, both arms stretched behind his head, just like Rotten used to. Halfway through the set he thrusts his left hand deep into his trouser pockets and stuffs his mouth with little pieces of something — like pills or nuts.
That's original. Their sound is a grind of frantic, jagged discords which, whether by chance or design, mostly resolve into acceptable patterns of unadorned simplicity. Paul and Robert, standing each side of Vic, their faces screwed up with intensity, flash- their fingers across their guitars as fast as white lightning.
Drummer Paul, though, seems to float his drum-sticks through the air. He chews gum and pounds away with the studied suavity of a young rating on his first day of home leave.
They're all dressed in underground grey jerseys and casual grey trousers. The effect is utilitarian and bland. It suits their nail-sinking rhythms and doomy lyrics. And then, in one of the last numbers, "we're splitting. The end.
Take hold of your life. There's something you've got to prove. At the bar, where all through the festival record company P. But Debbie 15 from Bromley gets it right. In the last two months her hair has been mauve, yellow and raspberry pink. There, I said it," she confesses.
This inseparable unit is Steve Bill 22 and Simon 19 — he sells hot dogs off a mobile stand during the day — raspberry-haired Debbie and Suzi herself. They first heard the Pistols at their local tech. They made the trip to Paris, in a ropey old car, to see their heroes' first overseas performance, and Suzi, shocking in her semi-nudity, got punched on the nose.
She is nothing if not magnificent. Her short hair, which she sweeps in great waves over her head, is streaked with red, like flames. She'll wear black plastic non-existent bras, one mesh and one rubber stocking, and suspender belts various , all covered by a polka-dotted, transparent plastic mac. Over the weeks the Bromley Contingent's parade of inventive dress it's rarely the same two weeks running has set the fashion pace of the scene.
It was only a matter of time before they took their street theatre to the stage. Apart from Suzi, it wasn't decided who would actually end up doing the festival until the day. It was not to be. Two-tone Steve his hair is black on top, white at the sides was on the bass he picked up for the first time the night before.
Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten's friend and inventor of the Pogo dance, was on drums. He had one rehearsal. And a mature gent called Marco was the lead guitarist. The prayer begins. It's a wild improvisation, a public jam, a bizarre stage fantasy acted out for real.
The sound is what you'd expect from, er, novices. But Sid, with miraculous command, starts his minimal thud and the beat doesn't fluctuate from the start to the finish of the, er, set. Sid's smile flickers. Marco, his guitar feeding back, rolls up his sleeves, and Two-tone Steve two-tones. The audience, enjoying the band's nerve and audacity, eggs them on, gets bored, has a laugh, and then wonders how much more it can take.
Twenty minutes later, on a nod from Marco, Sid just stops. The enthusiastic cheering is just recognition of their success. If the punk rock scene has anything to offer then it's the opportunity for anyone who wants to get up and experience the reality of their wildest, stage-struck dreams. The bar-flys are horrified. But Suzi is not interested in contracts. The Clash: "They're great! We see just a glimpse of their very considerable potential. They have reduced their line-up. Rhythm guitarist Keith Levine is off forming a new band.
The audience is instantly approving. The band is fast, tough and lyrical, and they've mastered the way of dove-tailing Joe's mellow approach with Mick's spiky aggression. Terry Chimes drums breaks up his solid bass drum surge with hi-hat splashes.
The sound, though disciplined, is bursting forth. Later, I asked Paul Simenon, who has only played bass for six months, how he felt about the set. I'm never content. I know I can do a lot with the bass. Most of them stand still like John Entwhistle. I want to move around and give the audience a good time. And give myself a good time, too. Joe Strummer, whose last band was the now fabled 'ers, has played with very experienced musicians.
What was it like with someone like Paul? It's not exciting for them, and they start playing for playing's sake, and the emotion disappears.
The Clash are a fine, visionary rock band with a wild style. I've seen them four times now, they've never played the same set. Their humour and spontaneity is uncontrived and, now that they've settled into their new line-up, they'll be a cornerstone for the developing punk rock scene.
The Sex Pistols: The atmosphere in the club is feverish and high-pitched. This band is what everyone's been waiting for. Not everyone, however, is happy about the Pistols' growing success and notoriety. The private party is over; the band are public property.
It had to happen. But with mixed feelings the band's nucleus of fans are holding their breath as their champions start their steady climb. Will the businessmen spoil them — that's the anxious question? Already the band has changed — especially Johnny Rotten and Steve Jones. Once Rotten would poke his pretty mug into any camera lens. Now he's likely to sweep his arms across his face with an Ava Gardner gesture of exclusivity. Jones, once the brooding loner unsure of his sex appeal, is now exuding a confidence which guarantees exotic women.
Glen Matlock and Paul Cook, perhaps because they've been less "visible," have yet to zip into their rock-star mantles. But, if the band are more detached from their audience than they used to be, it's for self-protection.
Their fanatical following is growing fast. Fans follow them all over the country. They are the unquestioned stars of the Punk Rock Festival and, as they step onstage, they are greeted with lung-bursting cheers. Over the nine months the Pistols have played together, Rotten has developed his stage presence beyond the realms even his most ardent fans imagined. He is still presenting audiences with dark fragments of his psyche.
He once moved over the stage, squirming and jiggering, rarely motionless. Lately, he doesn't move. He can be quite sickeningly still. He sets my skin crawling. He wore a bondage suit for the festival. It's a black affair, dangling with zips, chains, safety pins and crucifixes. He is bound around the chest and knees, apparently a confinement symbolising the urban reality which he sees around him.
The set begins. The band hit their instruments in unison. SMASH — and their instantly identifiable, evisceral splurge sends the fans wild. Johnny strains at his jumpsuit. The crowd sprawls at his feet. All right," says Johnny, calmly disengaging his feet from the melee, "all off the stage, chuckies The photographers fight for better shots, the pogo dancers leap above the crowd, sweat pours, and the crush rolls forward and back from the stage.
Steve breaks open, flinging his guitar diagonally across his chest and, slicing up his frets, leading the band through a breathless one hour and 15 minutes of thunderous rock 'n' roll. They are called back for an encore. The Sex Pistols were terrific. Compulsively physical, frightening in their teenage vision of world disintegration, refreshing in their musical directness.
And, behind the brave, aggressive front, they are utterly winning, with their shy, good-humoured charm. Whether their music will make the Top 20 or not is irrelevant. They're doing it for a new generation of rock fans who think they're fantastic. Even though there was a couple of punk-type argie bargies deftly settled by Ron the promoter , and even though Stinky Toys didn't get the chance to play they ran out of time , the first evening of the festival was a huge success.
The atmosphere is competitive still, but without the reigning kings there's not the same buzz. Ellie 20 , the Stinky Toys' singer, has calmed down. The night before, when she realised the band wouldn't play, she'd made the not too successful exit of a prima donna — kick, push, tut-tut at tables as she ran out onto Oxford Street where, it is said, she was saved from wounding herself under a bus.
Her band is very French, i. They play completely out of tune, even though they spend minutes between numbers tuning-up. Ellie's Voice, one of those "typical shrews" with a high-pitched whine, has 90 per cent of the older male population diving hack to the bar.
And yet? You have to watch her. Which singers, I asked Ellie before she dashed off to catch the last train to Paris, have most influenced her? The Dammed: There's already something very special about this band. They've come a long way from the night three months ago when they played their first gig at the Nashville. Not that they actually played together that night. Rather, each one of them did his own number in a private daze. Out of time, out of key, the cacophony was terrible enough to be great.
The band took to the stage like famished maggots to an overripe cheese. They are all born performers, without a shred of inhibition. Rat Scabies drums as solidly as an express train. Ray Burns bass , whose lips always glisten with Woolworth's best pearly pink Tu lipstick, chooses to fool everyone with a front as mad as a village idiot's. Bryan James lead guitar , the band's "elder," is likely to look up from his guitar and catch Rat and Ray acting out their honed star trips and crack up with spontaneous laughter.
Their lead singer is Dave Vanium. He was a grave-digger until last week, and he looks as if he's risen from Dracula's crypt. Onstage he hisses. And, for one so new to the game, he can keep a show going through appalling obstacles. Vanium's mike keeps crackling and cutting out, but the show goes on with the minimum of fuss.
The new roadie has to fix the equipment. Suddenly he leaps into the audience. But when he gets back up again he screams with a conviction which transcends a stage act: "someone has just hit one very near and dear to me" The show goes on, but Dave is on the verge of freaking.
Three minutes later three people appear at the back of the club. There is no commotion but they are bleeding. The atmosphere chills.
On to the stage jumps the club's manager. The last number. The band scream through it, black and moody, slamming out the last riffs before they make a dash to the dressing-room. Dave, whose girlfriend was one of the injured people, heads straight for the street in time to sit in the ambulance as it heads for hospital. Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols' manager, tries to buy a drink and is refused because the barman doesn't want any more missiles flying through the air.
The Vibrators — and Chris Spedding: The show goes on. The first time the Vibrators — John Ellis lead guitar , Knox lead vocals and Jon Edwards drums — played at the Club, their manager-cum-bassist Pat Collins told me: " We don't really go along with the punk rock thing, but it's the fashion, isn't it?
And, since Chris Spedding hasn't managed to form a band, they are the ideal bunch for him to jam with. The Vibrators play on, Spedding joins them. He's dressed in black from head to foot, and his eyes are like coal-holes in his white face. It's simple and bold, "I'm in a bad condition," sings Sped, "the doctor says I got malnutrition. Ray Burns, who's standing at the side of the stage, can resist no longer.
Up to the mikes he leaps. They are turned off until he reaches the other side of the stage. Spedding's cool, Ray sings the choruses, and the audience, seeing that Spedding is trying to slip away, cheer him back again.
The Buzzcocks: This Manchester band was formed less than two months ago. The front line — Howard Devoto vocals , Peter Shelly who plays a chopped-in-half, second-hand "Starway" and Steve Diggle bass — are pint-sized. Howard, who doesn't speak to the audience much, has just dyed his mousy hair orange.
All the band's energy implodes around John Maher's drum kit. But their approach, though very energetic, is unnecessarily defensive. Devoto insists that he is only in a rock band "temporarily," and his self-consciousness impedes them coming across. He hates being on stage. The festival ends with the Buzzcocks fluttering into the audience and Peter Shelley's guitar, still on stage, feeding-back.
It pounds out a gut-renching lub-dub, lub-dub, like the no-feeling sound of a robot's heartbeat. It was a bitter-sweet two days. There was a fine display of inventive music, plenty of hope, a lot of fun, and revived spirits.
The star bands gave their best, and the newcomers were very entertaining. But, echoing the black spots in almost all festivals this summer, someone was badly hurt by an alcohol container. Thus the optimism of this otherwise milestone event was undercut with sadness. Nobody wants to see the fiery, aggressive energy in the music diminished. But, promoters, increasingly eager to book punk-rock bands, must take a few elementary precautions like plastic mugs to protect their very young audience.
It's the only sensible way to present their scene. On the second day, after an accident in which Dave Vanium's friend lost her eye, Sid Vicious was arrested. When I tried to find out why, I too was arrested. During most of Chris Spedding's set I was in the police station with Sid but I was released and later given an absolute discharge in time to see the festival end.
Nothing quite so collectively out of context as last Monday's queue outside the Club has gathered on Oxford Street for nearly a decade. When the Hari Krishna chanters stopped rush-hour traffic in their saffron robes and bald heads and started pinging finger cymbals, there was no denying that the hippie era had arrived. The six-hundred strong line which straggled across two blocks waiting for the Punk Rock Festival to start was again indisputable evidence that a new decade in rock is about to begin.
Two eighteen-year-olds from Salisbury were at the head of the queue. I just want to be involved, really. Michelle and Bruno are both sixteen. Their attire, shirts and ties, leopard skin jackets, stilleto heels, pointed toes and dramatic make-up, is echoed down the line — in various home-made and inventive variations.
Over the last eight months, a generation of rock fans has been developing an extraordinary sense of belonging together. Excited by the blast of direct energy in the music of the bands playing on the Punk Rock Festival bill, they are creating a new cultural identity for themselves. They have their own clothes, language, 'in' jokes and fanzines. There is a healthy comradeship and competitiveness in equal doses. Apart from the thirty musicians actually playing in the Festival, the audience itself is seething with new talent.
Our band's called " Ulterior Motive Five" 'cause there's four of us, see. Johnny Moped is there looking to find musicians for his band The Morons. The creative buzz and exciting feel that something is 'happening' is infectious. There is a continual stream of criticism and rude abuse poured over each other's favourite enterprise, but having and giving back that kind of attention is part of the fun.
The Subway Sect. It's their first-ever gig.
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