It almost seems trite to talk about Radiohead’s contributions to music. Their influence is self-evident, almost universal, and their skill as musicians is unparalleled in modern music. Listening to Kid A always makes me extremely happy because it serves as a poignant reminder that a band can achieve massive success by sticking to their artistic vision and making the music that feels right to them, rather than selling out and pandering to a popular audience. True, their chart-topping success with OK Computer and The Bends before it built them the audience they needed to pull off their transformation, but that does nothing to belittle the point – they could easily have scored a massive hit by releasing an OK Computer Part II. This song, “Idioteque,” is one of the most powerful, emotional, and memorable tracks off of Kid A. The song has a heavy IDM vibe that is held together by Thom Yorke’s impossibly unique vocal deliver. Listen to the song and pay tribute to one of the defining musical acts of our generation.
October 11, 2011
Song Of The Week: “Idioteque” by Radiohead