Radiohead – OK Computer 20 Year Anniversary


Radiohead’s masterpiece: OK Computer 20 year anniversary couldn’t have been better opportunity to restart writing!

I have to say that it really influenced me reopening AlternativKultur as Radiohead has always been influencing me since i started listening to them.. So here it is! First post of a long series and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Summer 1997 a little over 2 years after “The Bends”, Radiohead released their 3rd opus “OK Computer” which is a really important milestone for the band shaping their identity and introducing us to a more progressive/alternative Radiohead. This pivotal album is a really good opening for “Kid A” that is pushing these electronic boundaries even further and making the lines very blurry with the lack of Trip-Hop artist such as Archive or Massive Attack or even DJ shadow (everyone obviously having their own sound and personality, let’s not go into comparison). OK Computer is just beautiful and definitely goes into my all time top 20, transporting listeners up and down from happy to dark places through themes of hope, fear, anxiety, anger, love, ecstasy and will still surprise you even after 20 years as you will pay more attention to a specific song , melody, lyrics, effect.. The whole album is an odyssey travelling across the band different state mind guided by Tom York’s voice. Radiohead is making a very good use of peaks, build-ups and quieter times to highlight the complexity of the feelings developed within the same song  but also between through the whole album. I really enjoy the very intense end of  “Exit Music” followed by “Let Down” as if it was on track which resume the feel of this album and create the whole OK computer story.

OK Computer picks:

Here are my 5 favourites if I really had to pick.. followed by an acoustic and a remix.


For a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself
Phew, for a minute there
I lost myself, I lost myself


When I am king, you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
What’s that?
What’s that?

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy
You don’t remember
You don’t remember
Why don’t you remember my name?


OK Computer Tracklist:

1. “Airbag” 4:44

2. “Paranoid Android” 6:23

3. “Subterranean Homesick Alien” 4:27

4. “Exit Music (For a Film)” 4:24

5. “Let Down” 4:59

6. “Karma Police” 4:21

7. “Fitter Happier” 1:57

8. “Electioneering” 3:50

9. “Climbing Up the Walls” 4:45

10. “No Surprises” 3:48

11. “Lucky” 4:19

12. “The Tourist” 5:27

I usually have to play Kid A straight after finishing OK Computer as I think that this is a perfect transition.

To finish on a graphical note, the very cool  OK Computer’s Artworks:

radiohead-ok-computer radiohead-ok-computer-artwork

Want to read more? Here is a very interesting article on the meaning of OK Computer.

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