Friday, October 22, 2004

I refuse all related conversation with anyone who denies that Radiohead is the greatest rock and roll band to emerge to date*, yet they haven't brought only sunshine into the world. It's unfair to blame a band for the inferior imitators they inspire, but I do regret that, thanks to them, many bands whose members are ardent Radiohead fans have guitar players who no longer play "guitar" so much as they play "guitar-shaped thing that's alternately a mournful whale and the bleeping, pinging instrument panel of a 1950s sci-fi B-movie's rocket ship".

*which isn't to say that they're my personal favorite (though they're top-4) or the band to whom I listen most often, only that they're the most dazzling, the most overtalented etc.


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