Radiohead: Play By Play

By OfficialDiscogs OfficialDiscogs
updated over 3 years ago

An annotated guide of Radiohead releases starting with the band’s 1992 ‘Drill’ EP through 2017’s ‘OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017.’

Check out A Guide To The Rarest Radiohead Releases over at the Discogs Blog:

  1. Radiohead - Drill EP

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    Released May 5, 1992: Radiohead’s slapdash debut EP shows no signs of the fastidious sonic craftsmen Thom Yorke & Co. would emerge as just five years later on OK Computer. The guitars are blown out, the drums are cacophonous and the mix is muddy as hell. The band would re-record three the EP’s four tracks — “You,” “Prove Yourself” and “Thinking of You” — for their debut Pablo Honey a year later. That leaves the guitar-and-vocals-only emo ballad “Stupid Car” as the band’s earliest deep cut.

  2. Radiohead - Creep

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    Released September 21, 1992: If there’s one Radiohead song that needs no introduction, it’s “Creep.” An arena-sized anthem for generations of misfited introverts, the band’s lone bona-fide hit is a classic as timeless as it is emblematic of Gen X angst. Though the same cannot be said for non-Pablo Honey B-sides like the lounge-y ballad “Yes I Am” and the brooding goth-rock nugget “Inside My Head,” those songs make good companion pieces for one of alternative rock’s all-time greatest singles.

  3. Radiohead - Anyone Can Play Guitar

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    Released February 1, 1993: Pablo Honey’s second single is a brilliantly disjointed mess of piercing guitar squeals and a chorus ready for MTV circa 1993. The song bursts with the youthful energy and ideas of whippersnappers still green enough to come up with song titles like “Faithless, the Wonder Boy” and “Coke Babies” — the single’s B-sides. The latter is the band’s first foray into space-rock territory.

  4. Radiohead - Creep / Anyone Can Play Guitar

    Released February 1, 1993: There are only two essential tracks on Radiohead’s debut album Pablo Honey: “Creep” and “Anyone Can Play Guitar.” This Capital Records promo 7-inch features both. And though neither song is a rarity, the 45 was pressed on green translucent vinyl, making it a prize for collectors.

  5. Radiohead - Pablo Honey

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    Released February 22, 1993: The 11 other songs on Radiohead’s first full-length will always be overshadowed by “Creep.” Equal parts Brit-pop and Grunge, it’s an album on which band gets its growing pains out of the way, wearing influences — from The Smiths and U2, to the Pixies and Nirvana — on their sleeves for the last time. While the band weren’t the master-piece makers they’d evolve into on The Bends, overlooked dream-poppy album cuts like “Lurgee” and “Blow Out” show signs of the greatness to come.

  6. Radiohead - Pop Is Dead

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    Released May 10, 1993: One of the band’s few non-album singles, “Pop Is Dead” is also one Radiohead’s rare attempts at outright humor. “Oh no, pop is dead / long live pop / it died an ugly death by back catalog,” Thom Yorke playfully croons at the start of this uncharacteristically, well, poppy piss-take on the music industry. Live versions of “Creep,” “Ripcord” and the rarity “Banana Co.,” the studio version of which would later appear as a B-side to “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” round out the release.

  7. Radiohead - Stop Whispering

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    Released October 1, 1993: Come for the third and final single from Pablo Honey, a formidable R.E.M. homage; stay for the spellbinding acoustic version of “Creep” and ripping live version of “Inside My Head.”

  8. Radiohead - Itch

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    Released June 1, 1994: More a collector’s item than an essential release, this exclusive-to-Japan EP offers a sampler platter of Pablo Honey B-sides, along with live versions of “Vegetable” and the underrated alt-rock anthem “Killer Cars,” recorded at a Chicago stop on the band’s first U.S. tour.

  9. Radiohead - My Iron Lung E.P.

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    Released September 26, 1994: Its clear the band had an abundance of ideas by the time they cut The Bends — a period of creativity that yielded one of the eras greatest winning streaks of B-sides. Months before releasing the album the band offered up this EP of outtakes most bands would have killed to write, let alone throw away. While the title track — a kaleidoscopic psych-metal freak out that remains a concert staple to this day — would end up on The Bends, an undercard of winners, like the trippy, quivering “Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong” and “Lewis (Mistreated)” — arguably the band’s best hard-charging, non-album riff-rocker — made for more than a stopgap between albums. The EP marked the beginning of the band’s long working relationship with producer Nigel Goodrich, and the end of people predicting the “Creep” band would be one-hit wonders.

  10. Radiohead - High & Dry / Planet Telex

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    Released February 27, 1995: This double-A-side represents the two types of songs that would define The Bends: stadium-sized Brit-pop balladry with “High and Dry,” and savage, space-bound Pixies-indebted guitar with “Planet Telex.” “Maquiladora,” on the B-side, is as close as Radiohead ever came to sounding like Smashing Pumpkins.

  11. Radiohead - The Bends

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    Released April 4, 1995: Is there a term for, “opposite of the sophomore slump”? It may as well be The Bends. In 12 falsetto-filled tracks, each as art-rockin’ or arrestingly anthemic as the one before, this is where the band wrote the playbook stadium rockers like Coldplay, Keane and The Killers would crib from for years to come. Radiohead probably could’ve rewritten The Bends over and over again and been the biggest band in the world, but they had better ideas.

  12. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

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    Released May 15, 1995: The band’s most conventional-sounding pop hit is a timeless torch ballad of the highest order. “Fake Plastic Trees” is the song Coldplay has spent a career trying to re-write. The single’s B-sides — “India Rubber” and “How Can You Be Sure?” — ain’t too shabby either. The ladder is offers more balladry to compliment the A-side, while the former combines chugging grunge rhythms reminiscent of Pablo Honey, with loops and guitar delays that hint at what’s to come on OK Computer.

  13. Radiohead - Just

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    Released August 21, 1995: Easily the band’s hardest-rocking single, “Just,” with its explosive guitar riffs and squalls in its blown-out chorus, tempered by its deceptively groovy verses make it a perfect jam to pair with Blur’s “Song 2” on a definitive ’90s Brit-pop playlist. A remix of “Planet Telex” and an alternate version of “Killer Cars” on the B-side make the single a collector’s item for superfans.

  14. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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    Released January 22, 1996: The single for The Bends’ ghostly closing track features what’s perhaps the band’s most well-known non-album track — “Talk Show Host” — on the B-side. A precursor to the icy aesthetics of OK Computer, the catchy, trip-hoppy gem also appears on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Romeo + Juliet.

  15. Radiohead - The Bends

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    Released TK, 1996: The single for The Bends title track features live versions of “My Iron Lung” and “Bones,” cut at a 1995 gig at the London Forum.

  16. Radiohead - Paranoid Android

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    Released May 26, 1997: Once dubbed, “a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody for the ’90s’” by guitarist Ed O’Brien, OK Computer’s six-and-a-half-minute-long lead-off single plays like a trailer for the album, amalgamating its looping beats, apocalyptic guitar explosions and Thom Yorke’s dire view of an increasingly isolating world where media and technology are making creeps of us all. B-sides “Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)” — a pretty acoustic, falsetto ditty turned ’90s psychedelic guitar rocker — and washy, hard-charging anthem “Pearly*” are on par with the many of the songs that made it onto OK Computer.

  17. Radiohead - OK Computer

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    Released June 16, 1997: The last classic rock album of the 20th century, OK Computer is Radiohead’s Sgt. Peppers. It’s the record where Radiohead leveled up from being one of the great bands of their time to being art-rock icons.

  18. Radiohead - Karma Police

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    Released August 25, 1997: The single for OK Computer’s biggest hit (and the song that most invites legit Pink Floyd comparisons) features the band’s first instrumental number, the spacey, electro-psych creeper “Meeting in the Aisle.” With its wintry, twinkling glockenspiel notes, “Lull,” the single’s other B-side, is like a lost companion piece to OK Computer’s “No Surprises.”

  19. Radiohead - Lucky

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    Released December TK, 1997: The single for OK Computer’s darkest mood-setter also features “Meeting in the Aisle,” along with the downtempo “Fila Brazillia Mix” of the album’s second-darkest song, “Climbing Up the Walls.”

  20. Radiohead - No Surprises

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    Released January, 12, 1998: One of OK Computer’s most classic tracks, and one of pop music’s greatest adult lullabies, “No Surprises” is backed up by another essential pair of B-sides. “Palo Alto” is far too straightforward a Bends-esque guitar-rocker to have fit on OK Computer, while “How I Made My Millions” — a recorded-to-mini-disc piano-vocal demo — captures Thom Yorke at his most vulnerable, perhaps more than any other Radiohead recording.

  21. Radiohead - Airbag / How Am I Driving?

    Released April 21, 1998: Compiling OK Computer’s B-sides, the single/EP for the album’s opening track, “Airbag,” features two more essentials: the moody synth dirge “Melatonin,” and the shambolic come-down lullaby “A Reminder.”

  22. Radiohead - Optimistic

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    Released September 18, 2000: Featuring perhaps the least-sonically representative song from Kid A, this advance promotional release (the album’s only single) featured no B-side.

  23. Radiohead - Kid A

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    Released October 2, 2000: By the time Radiohead entered the new Millennium, fans and critics knew to expect the unexpected in the wake of Kid A. Here the band (mostly) traded its guitars in for synthesizers and looping stations, leaving rock music behind and diving headlong into electronic music. But unlike most of its electro contemporaries, the band didn’t sacrifice its knack for deft songwriting in favor of beats and piecemeal studio composition. The result: Thanks to groundbreakers like “Everything in its Right Place,” “Idioteque” and “How to Disappear Completely,” the album sounds every bit as fresh and revelatory nearly 20 years after its release.

  24. Radiohead - Pyramid Song

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    Released May 21, 2001: Kid A closed with Thom Yorke bloodletting over a of organs and strings on “Motion Picture Soundtrack.” And that’s pretty much where the band picked up on the sparse, rhythmically disjointed piano ballad “Pyramid Song,” the lead-off single for Amnesiac. The single boats another pair of excellent B-sides in the shuffling guitar-buzz of “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” and the water-logged-sounding punk nugget “Trans-Atlantic Drawl”

  25. Radiohead - Amnesiac

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    Released June 4, 2001: A musical sequel of sorts, Amnesiac was cut during the same sessions as Kid A. But unlike similar two-sides-same-coin LPs of the rock pantheon — like Queen’s A Day at the Races, or David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane — Amnesiac is arguably Kid A’s Godfather II. Gems like “You and Whose Army?” “I Might Be Wrong” and “Knives Out” a tougher edge to their clicking, clacking Kid A counterparts.