Radiohead – Amnesiac [Number 1 Album in the UK – 10th June 2001]

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I Might Be Wrong – wp.me/p3uHDF-gn

Radiohead

***                  Pablo Honey (Capitol, 1993)
*****              The Bends (Capitol, 1995)
*****              OK Computer (Capitol, 1997)
*****              Kid A (Capitol, 2000)
****1/2          Amnesiac (Capitol, 2001)

According to the script, Radiohead was supposed to disappear after its flukey 1993 smash, “Creep,” leaving only fond memories of Thom Yorke’s Martin-Short-after-electroshock yodel and that wukka-wukka guitar hook. Certainly nothing else on Pablo Honey hinted at things to come. But then Radiohead shocked the world with the wide-screen psychedelic glory of The Bends, the album that raised these pasty British boys to a very Seventies kind of U.K. art-rock godhead. The depressive ballad “Fake Plastic Trees” turned up in Clueless, in which Alicia Silverstone memorably tagged the band “complaint rock.” In big-bang dystopian epics like “High and Dry,” “Planet Telex,” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” Yorke’s choirboy whimper runs laps around Jonny Greenwood’s machine-head guitar heroics. U2 would have sold crack to nuns to make this record.

Radiohead officially became kings of rock with their next album, OK Computer, which zooms even further into futuristic mind games and headphone textures than The Bends, even if it’s not quite as lyrical. OK Computer kicks off with “Airbag,” the catchiest song ever written about a car crash, disintegrating into electronic chaos at the end as guitarists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien warp their instruments into a DJ Shadow–inspired glitch-core coda. Things only get bleaker from there, in darkly emotional ballads such as “Let Down,” “No Surprises,” and “Exit Music for a Film.” The seven-minute nervous breakdown “Paranoid Android” became a surprise U.K. pop hit. If Pink Floyd ever made an album this good, they kept it to themselves. Radiohead were claiming the high ground abandoned by Nirvana, Pearl Jam, U2, R.E.M., everybody; and fans around the world loved them for trying too hard at a time when nobody else was even bothering. Naturally, the band celebrated success with Meeting People Is Easy, a rockumentary about how depressed they were.

Radiohead’s response to all the acclaim was to get even weirder, laboring over the sessions that spawned Kid A and Amnesiac. Kid A is a detour into electronics riddled with anxiety and paranoia, but once again, Radiohead defied all expectations by reinventing themselves and only getting more popular. “Morning Bell,” “How to Disappear Completely,” and “Idioteque” were brutally beautiful ballads of emotional disintegration, caught between the lines “this isn’t happening” and “this is really happening.” Some fans hailed Kid A as a masterwork; others feared the band was turning into Jefferson Laptop. But Radiohead saved equally great songs for the second half, Amnesiac. “You and Whose Army?” beams in from the fifth side of the White Album; “I Might Be Wrong” rewires the Allman Brothers even as “Knives Out” rewires the Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead; and it all reaches an unlikely emotional peak in the two-minute guitar solo “Hunting Bears.” I Might Be Wrong is an ace live album featuring a new song, “True Love Waits.” Topping the charts with zero airplay, refusing to kiss a square inch of ass, too busy rewriting the rules to follow anyone else’s, Radiohead remained the kings, and the worst you could say is that they’re willing to fall on their faces.

The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Fireside, 2004).

Tracklisting:

1 Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box 4:00
2 Pyramid Song 4:48
3 Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors 4:07
4 You And Whose Army? 3:11
5 I Might Be Wrong 4:53
6 Knives Out 4:14
7 Morning Bell/Amnesiac 3:14
8 Dollars & Cents 4:51
9 Hunting Bears 2:01
10 Like Spinning Plates 3:57
11 Life In A Glasshouse 4:34

Credits

Artwork [Pictures Drawn By] – Tchocky

Artwork [Pictures Drawn By], Design – Stanley Donwood

Engineer [Assistant] – Gerard Navarro (tracks: 1 to 10), Graeme Stewart (tracks: 1 to 10)

Producer, Engineer – Nigel Godrich

Producer, Written By – Radiohead

Radiohead – Amnesiac (full album) [Number 1 Album in the UK – 10th June 2001]

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Pyramid Song – wp.me/p3uHDF-go

Knives Out – wp.me/p3uHDF-gm

I Might Be Wrong – wp.me/p3uHDF-gn

1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box – 0:00
2. Pyramid Song – 4:00
3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors – 8:49
4. You And Whose Army? – 12:57
5. I Might Be Wrong – 16:07
6. Knives Out – 21:00
7. Morning Bell/Amnesiac – 25:14
8. Dollars and Cents – 28:30
9. Hunting Bears – 33:21
10. Like Spinning Plates – 35:22
11. Life in a Glasshouse – 39:19

Radiohead – Pyramid Song (single) – Amnesiac (album) [Number 1 Album in the UK – 10th June 2001]

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Knives Out – wp.me/p3uHDF-gm

I Might Be Wrong – wp.me/p3uHDF-gn

Radiohead – I Might Be Wrong (single) – Amnesiac (album) [Number 1 Album in the UK – 10th June 2001]

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Amnesiac – Full album – wp.me/p3uHDF-gp

Pyramid Song – wp.me/p3uHDF-go

Knives Out – wp.me/p3uHDF-gm

Radiohead – Knives Out (single) – Amnesiac (album) [Number 1 Album in the UK – 10th June 2001]

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Pyramid Song – wp.me/p3uHDF-go

I Might Be Wrong – wp.me/p3uHDF-gn

Soundgarden – Down on the Upside (album) [No. 1 Album in Australia – 7th June 1996]

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Blow Up The Outside World – wp.me/p3uHDF-fg

Credits

Bass – Ben Shepherd

Drums, Percussion – Matt Cameron

Lead Guitar – Kim Thayil

Vocals, Guitar – Chris Cornell

Lyrics By – Chris Cornell (tracks: 1 to 9, 11 to 14, 16)

Music By – Ben Shepherd (tracks: 3 to 5, 13, 15),

Music By – Chris Cornell (tracks: 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 16)

Producer – Soundgarden

Co-producer, Engineer – Adam Kasper

Mixed By – Adam Kasper, Soundgarden

Recorded at Studio Litho and Bad Animals, Seattle, WA
Mixed at Bad Animals, Seattle, WA
Mastered at A&M Mastering Studios, Hollywood, CA

Tracklisting

1 Pretty Noose 4:12
2 Rhinosaur 3:14
3 Zero Chance 4:18
4 Dusty 4:34
5 Ty Cobb 3:05
6 Blow Up The Outside World 5:46
7 Burden In My Hand 4:50
8 Never Named 2:28
9 Applebite 5:10
10 Never The Machine Forever 3:36
11 Tighter & Tighter 6:06
12 No Attention 4:27
13 Switch Opens 3:53
14 Overfloater 5:09
15 An Unkind 2:08
16 Boot Camp 2:59

Soundgarden – Pretty Noose (single) – Down on the Upside (album) [No. 1 Album in Australia – 7th June 1996]

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Single released from the Soundgarden album Down on the Upside.

Released – March 1996

Produced by Adam Kasper & Soundgarden

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Burden In My Hand – wp.me/p3uHDF-fj

Blow Up The Outside World – wp.me/p3uHDF-fg

Soundgarden – Burden In My Hand (single) – Down on the Upside (album) [No. 1 Album in Australia – 7th June 1996]

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Single released from the Soundgarden album Down on the Upside.

Released – September 18, 1996

Produced by Adam Kasper & Soundgarden

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Pretty Noose – wp.me/p3uHDF-fn

Blow Up The Outside World – wp.me/p3uHDF-fg

Soundgarden – Blow Up The Outside World (single) – Down on the Upside (album) [No. 1 Album in Australia – 7th June 1996]

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Single released from the Soundgarden album Down on the Upside.

Released – November 18, 1996

Produced by Adam Kasper & Soundgarden

Soundgarden – Down on the Upside (album) [No. 1 Album in Australia – 7th June 1996] – wp.me/p3uHDF-fq

Pretty Noose – wp.me/p3uHDF-fn

Burden In My Hand – wp.me/p3uHDF-fj

Oasis – Don’t Believe the Truth (album) [Number 1 UK Album – 5th June 2005]

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English rock band Oasis had the No. 1 album in the UK on the 5th June 2005 with Don’t Believe the Truth.

Their sixth studio album saw each member of the band make a songwriting contribution for the album; it was the first Oasis record to feature the drumming of Zak Starkey, who replaced the band’s longtime drummer Alan White.

Don’t Believe the Truth was recorded between October 2004 – February 2005 in London and Los Angeles; with Noel Gallagher handling production duties with Dave Sardy, a Brooklyn musician, songwriter and record producer who has worked with acts such as Jet & Wolfmother.

The Don’t Believe the Truth Tour saw the band play to 3.2 million people across 26 countries at a total of 113 concerts.

To date the album has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.

Lyla – wp.me/p3uHDF-ev

The Importance Of Being Idle – wp.me/p3uHDF-es

Let There Be Love – wp.me/p3uHDF-en

Don’t Believe the Truth (full album) – wp.me/p3uHDF-ey

“Do you remember the first time? The leathered sneer of Liam Gallagher that only a smack in the gob from his brother could silence, and his songwriting genius, and the swagger of their band (the ‘Sex Beatles’ is how a magazine called The Face heralded them) and the early records like ‘Supersonic’ or ‘Live Forever’ – quite possibly ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ – that announced the aspirations of an era with such a rip-roaring snort that a young Prime Minister wooed them.

Shortly into the Blair presidency, Noel found himself at Number 10, asking Tony how he had managed to stay up through election night. ‘Probably not by the same means as you,’ the PM quipped, and that was 1997 all over.

Little is the same as it was back then, for all parties concerned, but this is where Oasis start to mend some broken promises. It feels like a lifetime since a new album from the Gallaghers justified the hype and rhetoric spun on its behalf, but this is so good, it makes you want to pour not one but two glasses of Jack-Daniels over your head.

Not so with the album that appeared three weeks after the Downing St party, Be Here Now, which was all bombast, or the successive disappointments of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants and Heathen Chemistry (bonus points if you can remember more than three song titles from that 2002 set); or the desultory showing at Glastonbury last summer; or the performance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here of Liam’s sister-in-law, Natalie Appleton. These could be seen as more than failures of will or of imagination – rather as acts of cultural betrayal.

So a touch of cynicism seems quite in order when it comes to Don’t Believe the Truth – a title that might disguise a message but is probably just more of Noel’s gobbledegook in the band’s own grand tradition.

(And the sleeve – surely Oasis hold the record for the worst album sleeves of all time, and in this respect, their latest is no disappointment.)

Perhaps the band have come to a realisation of why some people feel like throwing crockery – Noel strikes a contrite note when he says: ‘Someone said to me my songs sound like B-sides from 1994. I take that as a compliment.’ What’s more, where once he ran the band as an autocracy – booting out anyone who didn’t toe the party line – these days he’s started to listen, to share responsibility. So it is that he’s only written five of the 11 songs, with bassist Andy Bell contributing two tracks, second guitarist Gem one, leaving Liam chipping in with three.

Let’s not get carried away, but only two of those last are in the ‘Little James’ category (where he essayed the rhyme ‘live for your toys/ even though they make noise’). One good Liam song immediately elevates this sixth album above the status of its two immediate predecessors, and everything else reaches a new target in quality control.

Noel is right to seize on that comparison with the band’s early output, because the most helpful way of thinking about Don’t Believe the Truth is to ponder what’s not there: there aren’t any of those coked-up guitar workouts, for instance, when the songs long outstayed their welcome. In fact, this is a record that doesn’t sound at all druggy, but alive to possibilities. The bluster, the straining for effect, the attempt to live up to a grandiose reputation of their own making – all these are absent. Indeed, for the past few years, Oasis have been trying to emulate the sound of the old Oasis, rather than ripping off their peers, which is what they once did, as if they were politicians nicking rival policies. After taking their time with this record – its release was rumoured last year – that’s all changed now.

So first single ‘Lyla’ appropriates a riff from the Stones’ ‘Street Fighting Man’ before stumbling into the bar-room territory of the Faces; ‘Mucky Fingers’ is a one-chord homage to the Velvet Underground; ‘The Importance of Being Idle’ is very Kinks, which at least makes a change from the Beatles; while the way in which ‘Part of the Queue’ borrows shamelessly from the Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ completes a process akin to ‘triangulation’, which makes you believe you have the best of all possible worlds on offer.

These songs of Noel’s apart, Gem’s ‘A Bell Will Ring’ is otherwise this week’s pick, but from Andy Bell’s slow-burning opener ‘Turn up the Sun’ onwards, you’re reminded of what genuine charisma means and your heart skips a beat, as it flares into life with the line ‘I carry madness, everywhere I geeeeeeaaooo’ – no prizes for guessing it isn’t stand-in drummer Zak Starkey fronting up the microphone.

We have all made mistakes. So just as Noel would seem to have taken a long hard look at the band, we might ask ourselves some questions. Is swapping Pete Doherty and Kate Moss and crack for Liam and Patsy and the naive optimism of 1997 all that we have done?

Don’t Believe the Truth isn’t a novel – or novelty – record but it makes you care about Oasis again, and makes you believe they can matter again. So our bond with them is renewed”.

***** Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Sunday 24 April 2005, Observer Music Monthly

Credits:

Vocals – Liam Gallagher

Bass – Andy Bell

Drums – Zak Starkey (tracks: 1, 3 to 11)

Guitar [Rhythm] – Gem Archer

Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals – Noel Gallagher

Mixed By – Dave Sardy (tracks: 1, 3 to 11)

Producer – Dave Sardy (tracks: 1, 4, 6 to 11)

Engineer – Andy Brohard, Greg Gordon, Ryan Castle

Written By:

Noel Gallagher (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 8, 11)

Liam Gallagher (tracks: 4, 6, 7)

Andy Bell (tracks: 1, 9)

Gem Archer (tracks: 4, 10)

Tracklisting:

1 Turn Up The Sun 3:59
2 Mucky Fingers 3:55
3 Lyla 5:10
4 Love Like A Bomb 2:52
5 The Importance Of Being Idle 3:39
6 The Meaning Of Soul 1:42
7 Guess God Thinks I’m Abel 3:24
8 Part Of The Queue 3:48
9 Keep The Dream Alive 5:45
10 A Bell Will Ring 3:07
11 Let There Be Love 5:31