You couldn’t get away from Radiohead’s radio hit “Creep” when it was released on the world in 1992-93. Not even the band could escape the clutches of such a megahit. So they did what any self-respecting band – a band inspired by the DIY ethos the likes of R.E.M. – would do with their next album, which was released in 1995. “The Bends,” the follow-up to “Pablo Honey,” is a tour de force album that 25 years later holds up as perhaps one of the most complete and wonderful albums of all time. The guitar virtuosity of Jonny Greenwood is complemented by the paranoid vocals of Thom Yorke. Oh, and the rest of the band is pretty freaking incredible, too. If people came listening for the next “Creep,” they were sorely mistaken. And thank God for that.
References in this Epipod:
- Matt’s Memory
- Finish Each Other’s Sandwiches
- Big Montana
- Fred Armisen as Thom Yorke
- Rod Stewart/Balls
- Fake Plastic Trees
- Evil Knievel
- Monty Python: Funniest Joke in the World
You can buy or stream The Bends by Radiohead online at iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon.