Friday, November 28, 2008

sometimes I wear my Radiohead t-shirt inside-out because I think it makes me look edgy

I've been feeling very 1996 today, immersing myself in The Bends. What a magnificent album, and that was even before OK Computer. It blows my mind how incredibly talented this band was even back when they were just baby Radioheads.

To help my American friends observe Black Friday and to bring you another episode of Top FIve Friday, I'd like to share some vintage videos. For your total visual and auditory enjoyment, I present:

Top Five Videos from The Bends

High and Dry
- Radiohead embroiled in espionage at Denny's (disguised as Dick's)
(ginger Thom!)


Street Spirit (Fade Out)
-arty and slo-mo Radiohead
(black and white Thom!)


Just
-Radiohead being oh so mysterious
(spiky ginger Thom!)


Fake Plastic Trees
- Radiohead wreaking havoc atTesco
(bleached blonde Thom!)



My Iron Lung
- performance video at the Astoria, 1995
(Jonny vs Thom in the battle of the awesome hair!)

14 comments:

John Mutford said...

I loved that Street Spirit video back in the day, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for posting it!

Remi said...

I still remember an article about them from that time (possibly from Rolling Stone). It spent a bit of time mentioning that the band liked to play bridge while they toured. The article was playing up the 'not your everyday rock star' angle.

Fake Plastic Trees is as strange and cool as it was the first time I heard it.

Allison said...

I reall have to expand my Radiohead listening. I know, I say this all the time...but perhaps this weekend I shall actually do it!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

So you like this Radiohead band right?

Gifted Typist said...

Just wondering,
is there a contemporary word for visiting a blog, having enough time to read the post but not enough time to run through the vidoes?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

My pleasure, John! No seriously, it really was my pleasure. That's such a good video.

Fake Plastic Trees is an incredible song, Remi, and the video really does stand the test of time. Even Thom's hair does!
I believe Raadiohead have now moved onto playing Scrabble whilst touring.

You can start by watching these awesome videos, Al. I think the film student in you would appreciate their artistry. And they are all from the same album, too, that's the really incredible part.

I can tolerate them, Dr M. Sort of like I can tolerate dark chocolate! Or turkey!

I believe that TLDW would fit the bill, Gifted, meaning "too long, didn't watch". It's the cousin to TLDR, which I am guilty of utilizing a fair bit.

justacoolcat said...

Awesome. Just Awesome.Whenever I feel like dirty stripped down rock and roll down well The Bends is my album of choice.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The Bends just keeps getting better and better, JustA. Sometimes nothing else will do, even if that means you have to listen to it all day.

phlegmfatale said...

Ya gotta love a Ginge.

I do.
ROWR!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I figured you would enjoy how I categorized those videos by Thom's hair colour, Phlegmmy!

Sean Wraight said...

Excellent videos Barbara. Its nice to be reminded of the greatness that are Radiohead videos. I must admit though, I am a little saddened a truly great video never emerged from Kid A. The music so imagistic and so perfect for video interpretation. I love the fact that they turned the tables with In Rainbows and allowed fans to create so much amazing stuff.

Great post! I really enjoyed seeing those again!

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

I did too, Sean, and am happy to share the experience with you. I had frankly forgotten how good they were. It's true, though, it's a shame about the lack of Kid A videos - they could have been mindblowing.

If I was talented in that way, I would certainly try my hand at an In Rainbows video. Fortunately for the world, I know that I am not.

BeckEye said...

Can't wait for "Radiohead Babies," the Saturday morning cartoon!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Me either! I've got my Spiderman pyjamas all ready and everything, Beckeye!