Actress Fiona Apple Atlas Sound Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Battles James Blake Caribou Daphni The Field Four Tet Tim Hecker Hella or whatever Zach Hill is doing post Death Grips. Liars Little Dragon Chuck Mangione Cass McCombs The Men Oneohtrix Point Never Psychic Ills The Raveonettes Ty Segall Sun Ra Arkestra Swans Teengirl Fantasy Thee Oh Sees Tortoise United Nations Kurt Vile The War on corn chips Watter Yo La Tengo Zola Jesus
Rampant, shmampant. This list is fairly reasonable.
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.
See what I'm saying?
Yeah, I agreed with a lot of what you said and this clarification helps a lot. I just thought it was worth clarifying that U2 eventually embraced that label and now makes middle of the road adult alternative while Radiohead pulled away from it. Pretty much everything you said is spot on though. It's a damn shame that U2 butchered their legacy so much. I can still listen to Joshua Tree and earlier albums and enjoy it but their 90's output is just too much for me.
I'm 100% with you on that first post but you kind of lost me on the second one. I haven't cared about anything Radiohead has done since In Rainbows but that's mainly because they've barely done anything. On a good day, In Rainbows might be my favorite Radiohead album if we're being honest. King of Limbs did absolutely nothing for me but not remotely in the same way that 2000's U2 does nothing for me. U2's past few albums have been actively offensive money grabs designed for mainstream success. I don't think there is any artistic integrity left in that band. I don't necessarily care for the path Radiohead is trying to go down but it at least seems like they're making music for themselves, not for anyone else.