The first time I saw Radiohead I was still living in my hometown of London, Ontario. It was 1997 and OK Computer hadn’t been called “The Greatest Album Of All Time” just yet. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but some part of me knew it was going to be magical.
I bought tickets for my girlfriend and I, but instantly regretted inviting her when she showed up wearing high heels and carrying a giant purse. Oh, and she had picked up a POTTED PLANT for me as a gift on her way there. WHO BRINGS A POTTED PLANT TO A CONCERT?? It was a cactus, for god’s sake! I quickly ditched her and headed for the stage.
From the first notes of “Lucky” to Thom Yorke’s spastic gyrations in “Paranoid Android” it was a true musical experience. I got lost in the music, the lights and the throbbing of the crowd, and if they ever build a time machine it’s the first place I’ll be revisiting.
Thom just turned 45 and when I try to decide my favourite Radiohead song I get shivers thinking about how much their music has meant to me over the years.
What’s the Greatest Radiohead Song? Let us know in the comments below. Here’s my Top 5:
“Thinking About You”, Pablo Honey
“Idioteque”, Kid A
“2 + 2 = 5”, Hail To The Thief
“Let Down”, OK Computer
“Motion Picture Soundtrack”, Kid A