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The 30 Greatest Radiohead Songs - Uncut, August 2017

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Title: The 30 Greatest Radiohead Songs
Publication: Uncut
Date: August 2017
Photos: Alex Lake



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The Bends is just a supreme rock album — Radiohead fans, even Radiohead, might take umbrage with that, but it's a testament to what you can do when you write the songs and don't think about it so much. It's visceral in parts, it's tender, it's got a brilliant post-indie rock'n'roll edge to it. It's big, but it's not pompous ever, which is a trick I find very hard to pull off [laughs]. I think they did their best work with John Leckie We all know Nigel Godrich is a great producer and a sonic alchemist, but I think John Leckie did exactly what Radiohead needed — it was a great partnership. I can hear the interplay between Ed and Jonny, the rhythm section is beautifully understated and brutal at points, and Thom is just singing in such a powerful way. He's not trying to obscure his emotion at all, it's just there. If you can get a great title track, a song pivotal to the album, it's a rare trick, and for me, "The Bends" does that. It's an anthem that doesn't want to be anthem, but it just can't help being an anthem. It's not over-thought and it just shows what an instinctive, brilliant rock'n'roll band they were. Richey [Edwards] absolutely loved their stuff, and I was tempted to pick "Fake Plastic Trees" on his behalf, because he loved that lyric.