Post by Horned Gramma on Oct 11, 2014 15:40:01 GMT -5
I have a job now, and it is a job where I can wear headphones at work. So I have been spending eight hours a day doing ten key data entry and listening to the the Residents' discography in alphabetical order. After three eight hour shifts of this, I have only made my way from Anganok to The Bunny Boy.
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 21, 2014 12:57:16 GMT -5
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz Sisyphus - S/T The Philistines Jr. - The Sinking of the S.S. Danehower Animal Collective - Sung Tongs Barenaked Ladies - Stunt Moxy Fruvous - Live Noise Hip Tanaka - The Sky is Smaller Than the Sea The Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea Aimee Mann - Charmer David Lynch - The Big Dream Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven Camberwell Now - The Ghost Trade
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 11, 2014 17:40:10 GMT -5
Harry Nilsson - A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night Harry Nilsson - Knnillssonn Harry Nilsson & John Lennon - Pussycats Radar Brothers - Eight R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi R.E.M. - Monster R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 10, 2014 15:48:39 GMT -5
I should have been more clear about that. I'm talking about Radiohead's BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD status, which was handed off to them from U2 (and which Radiohead is in the process of handing off to Arcade Fire). Being the BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD creates expectation, and the only half-graceful way of dealing with that expectation is to stop making music that sounds like the music that earned you the title in the first place. Elsewise you will be criticized for being 'stagnant'.
Radiohead still has integrity, absolutely. And U2 absolutely does not. But at their peak, both were the gold standard. Both were the band that all of the other bands were trying desperately to sound like. I guess there were roughly five or six years after Zooropa and before OK Computer where R.E.M. filled the role, which is why radio rock in the early 90s was so jangly.
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 10, 2014 14:59:23 GMT -5
Actually, let's be honest -- they are still essentially Radiohead. Or rather, Radiohead is essentially U2. Radiohead's fans know just as well as Radiohead does that they have put out their best album (and we can argue about whether it is OK Computer or Kid A another day). They had the initial sense not to try to top/duplicate it, but 'exploring new avenues' quickly devolved into resting on laurels.
U2 went through this exact thing after their milestone (and we can argue about whether it is The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby another day). Their departure-from-form album (Zooropa) contained all of the seeds of what their worst tendencies would become (same is true of Kid A).