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An odd twist of irony was that after the final gig, both "Experience Despite this, Skin remained inactive from , until it was announced on 16 March that Skin would be playing their first live show since at the Download Festival , UK. Warm up shows in London and Wolverhampton were announced, with Myke and Neville playing an acoustic set at Pontypridd Muni Hall to start it off, almost 11 years to the day that the band split up.
The London show quickly sold out and a second London warm up show was added. After Skin's successful appearance at the Download Festival the band decided to reform properly. A second tour followed later in the year, along with the release of Up Close and Personal an acoustic CD album featuring reworkings of classic Skin songs and two new tracks "Re-United" and "Redemption" , and Reunited , a DVD of their re-forming.
Skin were again asked to play the Download Festival and played two sets, an acoustic set on the Saturday of the festival and an electric set on the Sunday. A new studio album Breaking The Silence was released in August to critical acclaim  exclusively through the official website. The band however announced on their website that they would once again disband following a farewell tour in December , though they played their last show at the High Voltage Festival in London , on 23 July , alongside headliners Judas Priest , Dream Theater and Jethro Tull.
Skin reformed once again supporting Little Angels on their UK tour. In February , it was announced that Skin would play the Download Festival again. Myke Gray continued his career as studio musician and songwriter, including co-writing the Right Said Fred hit single You're My Mate , and later became a personal fitness trainer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the UK rock band. For other uses, see Skin disambiguation.
This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The album was mixed over the next two months at various London studios, then mastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road. I start fiddling with things and I fuck it up I generally take about half a day to do a mix. If it's any longer than that, you lose it. The hardest thing is trying to stay fresh, to stay objective. Yorke said that the starting point for the record was the "incredibly dense and terrifying sound" of Bitches Brew , the avant-garde jazz fusion album by Miles Davis.
It was at the core of what we were trying to do with OK Computer. According to Yorke, Radiohead hoped to achieve an "atmosphere that's perhaps a bit shocking when you first hear it, but only as shocking as the atmosphere on the Beach Boys ' Pet Sounds ".
Jonny Greenwood summarised the exploratory approach as "when we've got what we suspect to be an amazing song, but nobody knows what they're gonna play on it. Critics suggested a stylistic debt to s progressive rock , an influence that Radiohead have disavowed.
The album's lyrics, written by Yorke, are more abstract compared to his personal, emotional lyrics for The Bends. Critic Alex Ross said the lyrics "seemed a mixture of overheard conversations, techno-speak , and fragments of a harsh diary" with "images of riot police at political rallies, anguished lives in tidy suburbs, yuppies freaking out, sympathetic aliens gliding overhead.
I'm just taking Polaroids of things around me moving too fast. The camera's not quite me. It's neutral, emotionless. But not emotionless at all. In fact, the very opposite. The songs of OK Computer do not have a coherent narrative, and the album's lyrics are generally considered abstract or oblique. Nonetheless, many musical critics, journalists, and scholars consider the album to be a concept album or song cycle , or have analysed it as a concept album, noting its strong thematic cohesion, aesthetic unity, and the structural logic of the song sequencing.
That's a bit of a red herring. O'Brien said: "The context of each song is really important It's not a concept album but there is a continuity there. The opening track, "Airbag", is underpinned by a beat built from a seconds-long recording of Selway's drumming.
The band sampled the drum track with a sampler and edited it with a Macintosh computer, inspired by the music of DJ Shadow , but admitted to making approximations in emulating Shadow's style due to their programming inexperience. Yorke wrote "Airbag" about the illusion of safety offered by modern transit, and "the idea that whenever you go out on the road you could be killed. Ballard , especially his novel Crash on the song's lyrical content.
It's a contradiction mirrored in the culture clash of the music, with the 'real' guitars negotiating an uneasy stand-off with the hacked-up, processed drums. Split into four sections with an overall running time of , " Paranoid Android " is among the band's longest songs. The unconventional structure was inspired by the Beatles' " Happiness Is a Warm Gun " and Queen 's " Bohemian Rhapsody ", which also eschew a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure.
The use of electric keyboards in "Subterranean Homesick Alien" is an example of the band's attempts to emulate the atmosphere of Bitches Brew. The narrator speculates that, upon returning to Earth, his friends would not believe his story and he would remain a misfit. It's a song for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts.
Jonny Greenwood plays his guitar part in a different time signature to the other instruments. I was pissed in a club and I suddenly had the funniest thought I'd had for ages: what if all the people who were drinking were hanging from the bottles?
If the bottles were hung from the ceiling with string, and the floor caved in, and the only thing that kept everyone up was the bottles? It's also about an enormous fear of being trapped. We're bombarded with sentiment, people emoting. That's the Let Down. Feeling every emotion is fake. Or rather every emotion is on the same plane whether it's a car advert or a pop song. Steve Lowe called the song "penetrating surgery on pseudo-meaningful corporations' lifestyles" with "a repugnance for prevailing yuppified social values".
It is the hum of a world buzzing with words, one of the messages seeming to be that we live in such a synthetic universe we have grown unable to detect reality from artifice. Or people selling arms to African countries, employing slave labour or whatever. What can you say? You just write down ' Cattle prods and the IMF' and people who know, know. The string section, composed by Jonny Greenwood and written for 16 instruments, was inspired by modern classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki 's Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima.
Greenwood said, "I got very excited at the prospect of doing string parts that didn't sound like ' Eleanor Rigby ', which is what all string parts have sounded like for the past 30 years. This is about the unspeakable. Literally skull-crushing. I used to work in a mental hospital around the time that Care in the Community started, and we all just knew what was going to happen.
And it's one of the scariest things to happen in this country, because a lot of them weren't just harmless It was hailing violently when we recorded this. It seemed to add to the mood. All this stuff is getting buried, the debris of our lives. It doesn't rot, it just stays there. That's how we deal, that's how I deal with stuff, I bury it.
O'Brien's guitar is as soothing as balm on a red-raw psyche, the song rendered like a bittersweet child's prayer. Sam Taylor said it was "the one track on [ The Help Album ] to capture the sombre terror of the conflict", and that its serious subject matter and dark tone made the band "too 'real' to be allowed on the Britpop gravy train".
The album ends with "The Tourist", which Jonny Greenwood wrote as an unusually staid piece where something "doesn't have to happen It has become a song with space.
It was really obvious to have 'Tourist' as the last song. That song was written to me from me, saying, 'Idiot, slow down. So that was the only resolution there could be: to slow down. The title OK Computer is taken from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series , in which the character Zaphod Beeblebrox speaks the phrase "Okay, computer, I want full manual control now.
Yorke said the title "refers to embracing the future, it refers to being terrified of the future, of our future, of everyone else's. It's to do with standing in a room where all these appliances are going off and all these machines and computers and so on The OK Computer artwork is a computer-generated collage of images and text created by Yorke, credited under the pseudonym the White Chocolate Farm, and Stanley Donwood. Yorke explained, "If I'm shown some kind of visual representation of the music, only then do I feel confident.
Up until that point, I'm a bit of a whirlwind. Yorke explained the image as emblematic of exploitation: "Someone's being sold something they don't really want, and someone's being friendly because they're trying to sell something.
That's what it means to me. All the artwork and so on It was all the things that I hadn't said in the songs. Visual motifs in the artwork include motorways, aeroplanes, families with children, corporate logos and cityscapes. Uncut critic David Cavanagh said the use of non-sequiturs created an effect "akin to being lifestyle-coached by a lunatic". According to Selway, Radiohead's American label Capitol saw the album as "'commercial suicide'.
They weren't really into it. At that point, we got the fear. How is this going to be received? I don't really know why it's so important now, but I'm excited about it. There's less of the Van Halen factor. Parlophone launched an unorthodox advertising campaign, taking full-page advertisements in high-profile British newspapers and tube stations with lyrics for "Fitter Happier" in large black letters against white backgrounds.
Other unconventional merchandise included a floppy disk containing Radiohead screensavers and an FM radio in the shape of a desktop computer. That's our focus, and we won't let up until they're the biggest band in the world. Radiohead chose " Paranoid Android " as the lead single, despite its unusually long running time and lack of a catchy chorus.
Radiohead planned to produce a video for every song on the album, but the project was abandoned due to financial and time constraints. Radiohead embarked on a world tour in promotion of OK Computer, the "Against Demons" tour, commencing at the album launch in Barcelona on 22 May I was the first person to tire of it, then six months later everyone in the band was saying it.
Then six months after that, nobody was talking any more. OK Computer was almost uniformly praised on release. Critics generally described it as a landmark release of far-reaching impact and importance,   but noted that its experimentalism made it a challenging listen.
According to Tim Footman , "Not since , with the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , had so many major critics agreed immediately, not only on an album's merits, but on its long-term significance, and its ability to encapsulate a particular point in history.
The album was well received by critics in North America. In The New Yorker , Alex Ross praised its progressiveness, and contrasted Radiohead's risk-taking with the musically conservative "dadrock" of their contemporaries Oasis. Ross wrote that "Throughout the album, contrasts of mood and style are extreme This band has pulled off one of the great art-pop balancing acts in the history of rock.
Reviews for Entertainment Weekly ,  the Chicago Tribune ,  and Time  ranged from mixed to containing qualified praise. Robert Christgau from The Village Voice said Radiohead immersed Yorke's vocals in "enough electronic marginal distinction to feed a coal town for a month" and to compensate for how soulless the songs are, resulting in "arid" art rock. It is easy to be impressed by, but ultimately hard to love, an album that luxuriates so readily in its own despondency.
The album appeared in many critics' lists and listener polls for best album of the year. Q and Les Inrockuptibles both listed the album in their unranked year-end polls. Praise for the album overwhelmed the band; Greenwood felt the praise had been exaggerated because The Bends had been "under-reviewed possibly and under-received. It's a reflection of all the disparate things we were listening to when we recorded it.
OK Computer has appeared frequently in professional lists of greatest albums. Club  and Slant  received the album favourably. The album has been cited by some as undeserving of its acclaim. Green of The Daily Telegraph called the album "self-indulgent whingeing" and maintains that the positive critical consensus towards OK Computer is an indication of "a 20th-century delusion that rock is the bastion of serious commentary on popular music" to the detriment of electronic and dance music.
Having deemed it "self-regarding" and overrated, he later warmed to the record and found it indicative of Radiohead's cerebral sensibility and "rife with discrete pleasures and surprises". OK Computer was recorded in the lead up to the general election and released a month after the victory of Tony Blair 's New Labour government.
The album was perceived by critics as an expression of dissent and scepticism toward the new government and a reaction against the national mood of optimism. In an interview, Yorke doubted that Blair's policies would differ from the preceding two decades of Conservative government. He said the public reaction to the death of Princess Diana was more significant, as a moment when the British public realised "the royals had had us by the balls for the last hundred years, as had the media and the state.
Critics have compared Radiohead's statements of political dissatisfaction to those of earlier rock bands. David Stubbs said that, where punk rock had been a rebellion against a time of deficit and poverty, OK Computer protested the "mechanistic convenience" of contemporary surplus and excess.
The album's tone has been described as millennial   or futuristic ,  anticipating cultural and political trends. According to The A. Club writer Steven Hyden in the feature "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation", "Radiohead appeared to be ahead of the curve, forecasting the paranoia, media-driven insanity, and omnipresent sense of impending doom that's subsequently come to characterise everyday life in the 21st century.
I think the world would probably improve. That album is fucking brilliant. It changed my life, so why wouldn't it change his? The play, written by Joel Horwood , Chris Perkins, Al Smith and Chris Thorpe, interprets the album's 12 tracks into a story about a man who awakens in a Berlin hospital with memory loss and returns to England with doubts that the life he's returned to is his own.
The release of OK Computer coincided with the decline of Britpop. OK Computer ' s popularity influenced the next generation of British alternative rock bands, [nb 5] and established musicians in a variety of genres have praised it. Although OK Computer ' s influence on rock musicians is widely acknowledged, several critics believe that its experimental inclination was not authentically embraced on a wide scale. Footman said the "Radiohead Lite" bands that followed were "missing [ OK Computer 's ] sonic inventiveness, not to mention the lyrical substance.
OK Computer triggered a minor revival of progressive rock and ambitious concept albums , with a new wave of prog-influenced bands crediting OK Computer for enabling their scene to thrive. OK Computer was important because it reintroduced unconventional writing and song structures. Radiohead were the Trojan Horse in that respect.
Here's a band that came from the indie rock tradition that snuck in under the radar when the journalists weren't looking and started making these absurdly ambitious and pretentious—and all the better for it—records. Radiohead left EMI , parent company of Parlophone, in after failed contract negotiations. EMI retained the copyright to Radiohead's back catalogue of material recorded while signed to the label. The first disc contains the original studio album, the second disc contains B-sides collected from OK Computer singles and live recording sessions, and the DVD contains a collection of music videos and a live television performance.
Press reaction to the reissue expressed concern that EMI was exploiting Radiohead's back catalogue. Larry Fitzmaurice of Spin accused EMI of planning to "issue and reissue [Radiohead's] discography until the cash stops rolling in". The reissue was critically well received, although reception was mixed about the supplemental material. A review written by Scott Plagenhoef for Pitchfork awarded the reissue a perfect score, arguing that it was worth buying for fans who did not already own the rare material.
Plagenhoef said, "That the band had nothing to do with these is beside the point: this is the final word on these records, if for no other reason that the Beatles' September 9 remaster campaign is, arguably, the end of the CD era.
Club writer Josh Modell praised both the bonus disc and the DVD, and said of the album, "It really is the perfect synthesis of Radiohead's seemingly conflicted impulses. The "collector's editions" of Radiohead albums, issued without Radiohead's approval, were removed from streaming services.
The reissue includes a remastered version of the album, plus eight B-sides and three previously unreleased tracks: " I Promise ," " Man of War ", and " Lift ". The special edition includes books of artwork and notes and an audio cassette of demos and session recordings, including previously unreleased songs. In early June , nearly 18 hours of demos, outtakes and other material recorded during the OK Computer period leaked online.
On 11 June, Radiohead made the archive available to stream or purchase from the music sharing site Bandcamp for 18 days, with proceeds going to the environmental advocacy group Extinction Rebellion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alternative rock art rock progressive rock. Parlophone Capitol.
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