Yes, this is a post about Radiohead, you cannot possibly be surprised

Last Friday Radiohead released a new album called The King of Limbs. And oh, I know, you think Radiohead is overrated, what’s the big deal, blahblahblah.

So is sex with monkeys. But I’m not going to judge anyone’s hobbies.

INDULGE ME FOR A SECOND. Because they happen to mean a great deal to me, and not just because I’ve paid for tickets and airfare to see them live ten times. They always seem to release music during certain events in my life that have given more meaning to the lyrics and the structure of the songs. To me. I don’t expect anyone else to like Radiohead, but that doesn’t mean I won’t go batshit insane every time they release an album. Like I did on Friday:

After that last one someone replied to me on Twitter and said that just because I have as many followers as I do doesn’t mean I’m allowed to be a douchebag to my kids. And I was like, dude, I’m not being a douchbag. I’m being an asshole. Get it straight.

Radiohead also released a video for the song “Lotus Flower” and this is what is really interesting to me: most people, especially those who think Radiohead are overrated, are going to see this video and think WTF? Doesn’t he know he looks like an idiot?

Yes, actually. I believe he’s trying to look like one.

When I see this video I see the happy Thom Yorke who for a long time didn’t seem happy to be doing what he was doing. I first saw the band in 1998, and Thom barely moved on stage. That was back when they had hit it really big with OK Computer, and he was having a really rough time dealing with all the bullshit that happens around celebrity (something documented in a film called Meeting People is Easy). You could see him having a hard time.

During the last few shows I’ve seen, however, he danced around the stage like a lunatic, a joyous lunatic, clearly more comfortable with himself and his life.

I see that video and I see joy. Joy, a word you don’t really associate with Radiohead, and certainly not with that song. Which takes it to levels of such awesome that my head just exploded.

Also? Someone set his dancing to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” Aaaaaaaaaand genius.

(For what it’s worth, I’m loving the new album, particularly the song “Codex” which is so beautiful I want to cry. But I’m an asshole. I can’t be seen doing that.)

  • adventuresindouble

    I saw the Very Last 1998 OK Computer show at Radio City. And while it is still one of my absolute favorite shows ever, Thom was severely depressed and just wanted off stage. I have seen them 6 times and had tickets and flown 3 more times to get to canceled shows. Radiohead is my abfab band. They always make me happy and have always released an album around a big even in my life.

    Now this album haven’t fallen in love with yet. I listened to it for 2 hours today. Hopefully I will get the hook soon. The video though, LOVE.

  • LillyO

    Why can’t people just get a sense of humor? I laughed so hard at your tweet about your kid’s hunger being surpassed by Radiohead (and dude, you typed it in Utah AND it got past the censors!!!). Heather, when in the hell will you learn to do 2 things at once (IE feed your spawn AND listen to music, all the while DANCING)??? With close listening, I have to admit I am still “getting” the new album, but I do respect it’s not the same-old-sloth and the same-old-style!

  • danielletheory

    i think my friend said it best:
    thom york dancing in this video looks like a cross between sufjan stevens and lucille 2. if anyone gets both of those references then they are automatically my friend.

  • AshesVonDust

    YAAAY RADIOHEAD.

    Hey, remember seeing Thom Yorke shake his head crazily for, like, twenty minutes straight? For most of the 90s? Of course you do. Here’s a riddle: did he start doing that because he was nuts, or did doing that shake a screw loose? Kinda “chicken and the egg” if you think about it.

    (Also, by nuts, I mean endearingly so. All my favourite people are crazy.)

  • dooce

    OMG I LOVE GEEKING OUT WITH YOU GUYS ABOUT RADIOHEAD.