We now return to our regularly scheduled program.
Apologies for the detour, everyone, but sometimes life takes you in strange directions. As Neil Young once said of his hit single “Heart of Gold”, “Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.” For us, that rougher ride was A Moon Shaped Pool, and after its surprise release, how could we Radioheadz — creators of the definitive Radiohead podcast on the web — not talk about it, even if it meant diverting from our usual format? So we did. And like our first episode on Pablo Honey, Moon Pool was a smash success.
But it was not without controversy.
As you know, fellow fans, Radiohead is a complex band, one with a dense mythology of concrete history and legends open for interpretation. And Radioheadz is about blowing open that mythology, about absorbing this wealth of information and creating our own legends. Are we going to get some facts wrong here and there? Of course. It’s inevitable. You called us out on some of our mistakes, and rightfully so. So we’ve addressed a few of these errors in our latest episode: a dissection of Radiohead’s landmark 1995 album, The Bends.
But we hope you can move past the handful of things we’ve done wrong so you can enjoy the infinite number of things we’re doing right. No, this isn’t the typical Radiohead conversation, and we wouldn’t want it to be. We want to take the dialogue in a direction you’re not going to see anywhere else. So will you join us? Will you give us another chance? Will you take your scalpel, slice open this CPR mannequin, and hop inside so we can all give it breath together?
If so, then you’re in for a treat. Not only do we unveil some little-known history surrounding The Bends’ title (including Radiohead’s formative stint in the Caribbean) — we even interview a world-famous rocker who had a huge influence on the album. So as always, it’s time to turn off your TV and turn on your brain. It’s time to stop whispering and start shouting. It’s time to listen to Radioheadz.