I chose to be born into this dimension, to highlight the groovy and sensual music notes of yester-year, today, and hopefully tomorrow. I want to be a goodwill music ambassador until the day i die. I want to continually turn friends onto new bands that will hopefully open their minds in positive and impactful ways. Then there’s the hope that they’ll also start to turn on their friends to what kind of music they’re currently into and this model of paying it musically forward will continue infinitely. 90 percent of my Facebook posts consist of praising a new band I recently discovered, sharing music videos in general, or posting some of my original music. Its the last portal of truth to exist in an overly jaded, paranoid, politically correct, corporate/fascist reality.
I remember where I was in 2000. I was pumping gas at main street sunoco in Leominster, MA. Mike G. had recently turned me on to the greatness that is Radiohead. He would burn me copies of CDs and talk passionately of how great a band they really were. Discussing song lyrics, certain musical changes, and just why they were such an important band for our time! He was a somewhat practicing vegetarian and most nights ordered spaghetti with sauce, “make sure its not the meat sauce!” he’d bark into the phone. He also had this kind of lingering, foul odor to him, but that’s not why I’m writing this dispatch.
It’s just that so much has happened in the last 12 years, from the age of 17 to 29, as this is such a pivotal period for anyone. Kid A was something so huge, so dense, so intense, that I was really only trying to grasp alternating programmed beats and general absurdity of the lyrics.
2001 was my first time seeing them live at Suffolk Downs and I really have to give Mike G. the credit for opening my mind up to them 2 years prior. A part-time job pumping gas, for the most part screwing around when our bosses left at 5. So from 5-10 we played CDs in the little store, while switching off who would get the next customer. Sunoco in Leominster being really only 1 of 2 Full serve stations, so later on at night you’d get stragglers, nothing too steady.
Even listening to “National Anthem” now I’m reminded of Athens Pizza, the distinct smell of their sauce, and the blue, greasy counter top I ate on. Leaning over, watching the gas meter which signaled when the car outside was done. Soon enough I plastered a Radiohead bumper sticker on my ’89 Honda Civic and to my friend Maki I was only ever known as “Raaaadioheadd!”
So 12 years removed from the release of “Kid A” and having seen them at least 4 times live, I understand the power of speaking passionately about a band you love to someone else. Especially to an already impressionable 17 year old.
Did you know that Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser” has been remixed? It was actually released this past January, Remixed as a commercial release that is. I just found out about it tonight via pandora.com. I wasn’t a huge fan of Yorke’s original release of “The Eraser”; it definitely had it’s strong points, but for the most part it just seemed too sterile.
Enter the Remix versions.
I won’t dissect any further though, listen to some sample tracks.
I thought Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood’s appearance at the Grammy’s, gave the whole night its really only raw musical presentation. Just Johnny and his vox, while Thom was free to roam and do his thing. (He looked closer to the Thom of the “Pablo Honey” era with all of the hair; minus it being blonde) The USC marching band must have caught everyone off guard, as it added a lighter air to the often “dark, moody” vibe the band receives in general.
It was funny in the lead up to the Grammy’s being aired or really even during the show, for about the first hour and a half there wasn’t even a mention of Radiohead performing? It was really only about 15 mins. before they went on that they were said to be coming up. In a way it’s kind of amusing how they played the awards show, considering their means of distribution for “in rainbows.” The Grammy’s are clearly all about the big label acts, as they try ever so desperately to milk whatever they can out of Mccartney die-hards and whoever is still left from the Kidrock crowd of the 90s. (and he’s in his Gospel phase now?) Plus their new Michael Jackson in Kayne West – glove and all
The Grammy’s are really about honoring the established pop acts that support their crumbling industry. John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Chesney, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, what use to be of Whitney Houston, and I guess Jamie Foxx?
Don’t get me wrong, Radiohead is very mainstream in the main scheme of things. Even the fact that they decided to play was kind of interesting considering how anti-big music/awards/interviews they’ve been for so long. Maybe that’s what I love about the band. They constantly skirt the line between approaching music independently, appearing on movie soundtracks, appearing at awards shows, and recently dropping their ties with a major label in Capitol.
It’s all so entertaining.