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Old 06-16-2002, 01:37 PM   #16
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true, thats how it stands now.

You either love them or hate them.

There was the breif era surrounding The Bends when Radiohead were seen as completely accessible, but I've not met anyone who has said " think Kid A is alright. I can listen to it sometimes"
they either say
"fucking brilliant"
"a fucking waste of time"

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Old 06-16-2002, 09:08 PM   #17
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I've only heard one Radiohead song, and it wasn't on the radio.

"Knight in shining Zubaz."

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Old 06-16-2002, 10:47 PM   #18
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well said wanderer.
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Old 06-17-2002, 01:43 AM   #19
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ACtually I think Radiohead are very popular here because their fans like their music.
I have a lot of friends and family who love Radiohead. JJJ(Australian Broadcasting Commission) is our non commercial youth station here and they and RAGE(ABC music show)support Radiohead a lot. You'll find that the commerical radio stations dont play a lot of Radiohead because they consider them too "out there" and the mainstream who listen to their stations won't want that kind of music played.
Thats all its about.
Sad, really. But I think Radiohead like it that way anyhow, so who really cares, anyway!
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Old 06-17-2002, 04:31 PM   #20
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Sadly, no.
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:14 AM   #21
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Geez Wanderer, you are good at taking things the wrong way. First off, there was no criticism in my thread, so dont get defensive. To me, they dont get commercial assistance by having virtually no radio air time here. I cant speak for every other town/city in the world, but I can assure you there are plenty of fans here in Sydney. As for critics giving them excellent reviews, well...I really think its because they um...are liked? Not because some PR person is doing a great job. Yes it helps to get lots of good reviews doesnt it? It spreads the word, makes the average Joe aware. But radiohead dont have a massive PR machine blowing a gasket to keep them at number 1. Radio DJ's rarely mention them, they dont do yearly world sell out shows. They dont perform massive world onslaughts like U2 do. They have none of that caper yet are still regarded by many as one of the best bands of our time. They dont have to churn out album after album to keep in everyone's memories. They are allowed the luxury of releasing what they want when they are ready. Some '5 minutes of fame' bands aren't allowed that.
They earned their fame in a much more obtuse way than so many bands around now. Much like your example of The Velvet Underground. So many bands just wouldnt make it based on that or with little bits of help from word of mouth, praising reviews, 1 or 2 commercial hits, fan clubs, the internet, whatever. Radiohead have done that. I was simply making a statement at how they got so big without so much external assistance.
It seems you have a slightly different definition of commercialism too. I am not a fan, and hardly ever hear of them. You are and of course notice any bit of news on them, sure they make awards nights, they get Grammys, but so do lots of singers and bands who are in the same category. I would not compare the hype you described to groups like Creed, Destinys Child, Eminem, the spice girls...etc etc etc. take away the support they get and would those groups be in the same place as Radiohead? I doubt it. Everyone would forget them.

Argh. I hate it when people take something I say the wrong way then tell me I'm wrong.

Anyway. Last point. I said it seems they are popular because it seems cool to like them. Of course it isnt necessarily fact. We would have to ask every RH fan why they do to prove that. (I take it you didnt notice the faint sarcasm?) But to explain further there is definately an aspect of a kind cult kind of following to them. To genuine music fans, the real diehards of the rock kind of genre there are many RH types. For people looking to see new music thats about, who want to hear something new or different, Radiohead are one of them. A band you hear about, not a band you actually 'hear'.

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Old 06-19-2002, 11:30 PM   #22
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offended? no, not really! you wanted to talk about the phenomenon called radiohead, I gave you some reasons why they are so well-known and have such a huge following despite an apparent lack of commercial support

really AH, you're the only one that seems deffensive here, you don't seem to appreciate having someone contradict your theories, oh well!! no worries
send lawyers, guns and money...
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Old 06-20-2002, 01:54 AM   #23
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Oh to you then.
please accept my deepest apologies for thinking you were getting defensive.

Ha. Ha. Seriously though, I'm no fan but for the reasons I stated they deserve all the respect they get.

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Old 07-06-2002, 09:01 PM   #24
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OH my god.. Fake Plastic Trees is on the radio.

* q tips ears to make sure I'm hearing this right
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Old 07-06-2002, 09:27 PM   #25
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I remember hearing high and dry on the radio twice in 1995, and saying to myself "this song is a ripoff of "stay"" , which it kind of is, although I do love it now.

other than that, no.:lemon:
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Old 07-10-2002, 08:21 AM   #26
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yes, they are in heavy rotation on CD101 here in columbus, ohio. great radio station. if you want to give a listen sometime go to
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Old 07-10-2002, 04:43 PM   #27
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I never hear anything from OK Computer on. The older stuff pops up on my radio from time to time.

This is why I always play the newer stuff on my (university) radio show when I get the chance, since nobody else does.

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