25 years of getting fitter, happier and more productive with OK Computer
This story appeared last weekend in Editor-in-Chief Brock Wilbur’s Weekly Bulletin Streetwisewhich you can subscribe to here.
Growing up, I didn’t really to have music.
In elementary school, all the other boys in my class were in bands like 311 and Sublime. Sublime was…probably not appropriate for 3rd graders depending on the subject matter, but kids who had older brothers who were in Primus and Rage Against The Machine had CDs to pass around their homes.
[My school also then banned 311 shirts, because there was a midwestern panic that the shirts were a secret KKK dog whistle—a very 90s scaremongering around an Omaha band full of outspoken Buddhists.]
In 6th grade, I finally suddenly broke through and had an overnight obsession with rock music. My first three albums were Beck’s OdelayRadiohead’s Ok Computerand Chumbawumba Kiss.
Two out of three isn’t bad, in retrospect.
Not only were these the albums I fell in love with from the start, but they were the only albums I cared about and played them until they were completely sold out. Sad British ballads and sample-based folk rap didn’t make me cool with classmates who had moved on to Marilyn Manson, but at least I was starting to get a seat at the lunch table.
Ok Computer marks this point when the British musicians have gone from trying to fight their own attempts to improve their single “Creep” and, over three years of constant recording and re-recording, created one of the most cohesive albums ever. . of the decade.
Hilariously, this uncompromising album about how technology and modern media are going to make us feel more alone than at any time in human history – well, we don’t really heeded that warning. A whole generation that was meant to use the internet and social media to feel more connected to humanity than ever before can testify to how the opposite has happened.
Looking back, as a kid in elementary school, I’m not sure I fully understood the meta themes, with their caustic optimism about how the future might won’t to be so brilliant that we have to wear sunglasses, but we could find ways for humanity to adapt to remain people at the end of the day.
In his stroboscopic documentary Meeting people is easymusic video director Grant Gee went on the Ok Computer tour with Radiohead. In terms of rock tour docs, this is one of the most depressing. After three years of working in isolation on the anxiety of modern society, the five members of the band are embarked on a 200-date world tour, where they are bombarded every moment of the day with travel problems, technical problems and difficulties. endless media onslaught. interviews/photoshoots, where each of their waking moments is dominated by the endless flashes of photoshoots, and journalists who can’t help but ask the same questions, separating what is considered the most important musical achievement of the year.
An anxious, introverted band of artists are presented with the kind of critical acclaim and celebration that most other musicians can only dream of, and they have such a horrible time it nearly destroys the band.
[In a schadenfreude way, it’s actually really funny.]
Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of the album. He’s officially old enough to rent a car. In 2017, during the album’s 20th anniversary, they released a special edition box set featuring previously unreleased tracks, art books, handwritten lyrics, and even a copy of the album on cassette. I opened it for the first time today, to celebrate. I spin the records and travel to all the times in my life when each of these songs meant so much to me, in so many different ways. I think back to when the xylophone lines, messy guitar solos and floating harmonies lifted me out of the lowest depths I’ve ever crashed into.
25 years later, this collection of songs about the dissociation of humanity is still, in a way, the thing that makes me feel the most like I’m surrounded by love.
If you have your own personal forever support album, that thing that’s always been there for you, maybe today is the day to kick it off and welcome that old friend into your corner.
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