It is a well-known fact that the weight of just one hit single can destroy a band – should you duplicate your sound and be accused of selling out, or follow your artistic ideas and risk alienating your fans?
Fresh from the crippling and claustrophobic success of their anthemic single Creep, Radiohead retaliated by doing both.
The Bends (1995) was their rock masterwork. Still to fully explore their electronic fascinations, they served up a set of songs that had a defiant yet fragile identity and, importantly, could really shake a stadium to the core.
Their later albums would become more abstract, but in 1995, at least, Radiohead’s sound was comparatively simplistic and devastatingly effective. It was a golden era.
Vocals, guitar, keyboards