Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quote of the day

"I'm conscious that on this record we've been occasionally skirting round the edge of something that could be terrible, which is kind of fun. It's not jazz piano, exactly, but there's elements of that. Because we like records by people like Alice Coltrane, we've got the gall to go 'Let's try and make it sound a bit like that'. And we've always been like that. The songs on OK Computer, in our swollen heads, were trying to be Miles Davis, frankly. Even though no one plays the trumpet... You have to have big ambition and you get as far as you can with it. You enjoy 'missing'."

In an interview with Adam Buxton, Jonny Greenwood sums up Radiohead's spirit of risk-taking adventurousness - the polar opposite, essentially, of the philosophy Alexis Petridis identified as being espoused by Catfish And The Bottlemen.

According to Greenwood, "In our heads, we still wanna be Sonic Youth" - an interesting revelation, given that (unlike countless other bands) at no point in their rich and varied history have they remotely sounded like the New York legends. However, if he's talking about the ability to walk the tightrope between critical acclaim, artistic integrity and creative endeavour on the one side and popular appeal on the other, then I think he and his bandmates can be justifiably contented.

Meanwhile, one of his bandmates has been spotted playing a secret solo show at a garden party in Oxford, presumably held in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday. As Dazed put it, "no one likes the guy who brings an acoustic guitar to a party, but exceptions can probably be made when that guy is Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke"...

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