The Bends is often cited by people as their favourite Radiohead album and with good reason. This sophomore album was a perfect transition between the pop-rock of Pablo Honey and the critical excellence of OK Computer, and contains a couple of Radiohead's most accessible pop songs (Fake Plastic Trees & High and Dry). While The Bends is generally seen as being less commercial than Pablo Honey, it did manage to garner the band five top 30 hits.
At the same time, the song My Iron Lung appears to be a response to the double-edged sword that had come with the success of the single Creep, a song which was simultaneously their "life support" (their iron lung) for which they were grateful and "a total waste of time".
If you have enjoyed any of this week-long series and would like more information, please visit Green Plastic Radiohead. This is a great site, which I used extensively throughout the week, and features complete song lyrics, song information, photos, news releases, as well as tabs for all the songs. And not just guitar tabs either, but also piano and even xylophone tabs. I didn't even know there were such things as xylophone tabs, but there you go.
This video for Just features some lovely performance snippets, including the patented Thom Yorke dance and some beautiful shredding by Jonny Greenwood. It also remains one of the most enigmatic videos you will see.
Finally, the moment you have been anxiously awaiting all week - the presentation of the highly covetted Labia Award for best label of the week.
The competition was fierce this week, and, being a fence-sitter from way back, I was waffling amongst three excellent candidates. Eventually I called in a family member to make the final call. This week's award goes to:
for her label entitled "this is a double fuck sundae with a turd on top" for her untitled post of March 9.
Congratulations on a most evocative label there, Deb!