Friday, January 29, 2016

73. Radiohead - Pablo Honey

This work is all about honey - plus the album cover. The squares are meant to contain the viscosity of honey as the 12"x12" album sleeve was meant to contain the record of the music in it.
Those were in the olden days.  There were  already compact  discs when this album was released.  But that was not the difference I noticed.  What I did notice  was that the songs (which I
could now see instead of just hear) had now less melody and more 'bang' in them; more than heavy metal. And the one particular song that demonstrated this to me was "Creep."

On the literary side, I added the bee in order to be reminded that the word 'creep' has another meaning. 

(Lead guitarist Johnny) Greenwood  hated  playing "Creep" because he considered it too “wimpy.”  So, when they were recording it, he attempted  to sabotage it by maxing out his rack of
distortion pedals and hitting the strings as hard as he could before the chorus. The result became the song’s signature three blasts of guitar noise. Source

This album has "Creep" in it.

No. 301, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000

Art Design  by Icon, painting  by Lisa Bunny Jones, photo by Tom Sheehan.  Album produced by  Sean Slade  & Paul Q. Kolderie.  Parlophone, Capitol 1993.

Lead guitarist  Jonny Greenwood  got a bootlegged  tape of The Jerky Boys in the early '90s.  He became  obsessed with it and so did  the rest of the band.
They decided to name their debut album Pablo Honey after one of the prank calls in which the caller keeps saying, "Pablo, honey? Please come to Florida!"
The track “Pablo Honey” appeared a year later on The Jerky Boys 2 CDSource

In a 2008 review, the BBC described the album as Radiohead's "exploration of suburban, adolescent  self-awareness", concluding:  "It all resulted in a stunning  blend that combined the best
aspects of prog rock (challenging lyrics,  deft chord changes,  novelty time signatures and so forth) with the plaintiveness of bedsit singer-songwriting and the sound of expensive equipment
thrashed at by experts. Though later albums were better received, this remains one of rock's most impressive debuts." The same year, Blender wrote: "Self hate couldn't have found a better
British exemplification  with this band's debut single,  which hit the world as part of an album that constructed walls of crunchy guitar tones amidst the dark lyrical content." In a review for, British music critic Louis Pattison said of the album: "Pablo Honey. . . certainly, indie-rock seldom got better than this." Full article

(A) You - Creep - How Do You? - Stop Whispering - Thinking About You - Anyone Can Play Guitar

(B) Ripcord - Vegetable - Prove Yourself - I Can't - Lurgee - Blow Out 

"Creep" live at Belfort 1994 from 원준경 on YouTube.



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