5 Classic Crackers Turning 30

Top singles from the past

30 candles for 5 classic crackers in 2022

Artist: PJ HARVEY
Single: SHEELA-NA- GIG
Score: #69 in the UK,
#9 alt Billboard charts (US)
Album: Dry – debut LP

Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

PJ HARVEY: Facebook

Band: RADIOHEAD
Single: CREEP – debut single
Score: #7 in the UK,
#2 alt Billboard Charts
Album: Pablo Honey

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

RADIOHEAD: Facebook

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Single: MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS
Score: #17 in the UK
Album: Generation Terrorists – their debut

Under neon loneliness
Motorcycle emptiness

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Facebook

Band: R.E.M.
Single: DRIVE
Score: #1 alt Billboard Charts (US),
#11 in the UK
Album: Automatic For The People

What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?
Tick-tock, tick-tock

R.E.M.: Facebook

 

Band: SUEDE
Single: METAL MICKEY – 2nd single
Score: #17 in the UK,
#7 alt Billboard Charts (US)
Album: Self-titled debut LP

She sells heart, she sells meat
Oh dad, she’s driving me mad, come see

Picked By TURN UP THE VOLUME – 10 Ace Albums Turning 25 in 2022

13 December 2021

Back to 1997…

Band: RADIOHEAD (UK)
Album: OK COMPUTER

Released: 21 May 1997 – their 3rd LP
Score: No 1 in the UK, Scotland
and Belgium, #21 in the USA

Pitchfork said: “The record is brimming with genuine emotion,
beautiful and complex imagery and music, and lyrics that are
at once passive and fire-breathing. OK Computer is like tossing
David Bowie, old U2, Spacehog and lots of Pink Floyd into a
blender and pushing the ‘kill’ button.”
Score: 5/5.

Stream here…

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RADIOHEAD: Facebook
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Band: THE VERVE (UK)
Album: URBAN HYMNS

Released: 29 September 1997 – 3rd LP
Score: #1 in the UK, Ireland, New-Zealand
and Ireland, #23 in the USA

NME wrote: “Its sheer magnificence and spirit is such that
the danger of it overwhelming anything that follows it is obvious.
This, after all, is the musical signature of the year.”
Score: 4/5.

Stream here…

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THE VERVE: Facebook

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Band: SPIRITUALIZED (UK)
Album: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE

Released: 16 June 1997 – 3rd LP
Score: #4 in the UK

Pitchfork: “Masterpiece. The music is timeless.” Score: 5/5.

Stream here…

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SPIRITUALIZED: Facebook

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Band: PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland/UK)
Album: VANISHING POINT

Released: 7 July 1997
Score: No 2 in the UK and Scotland

AllMusic said: “The group is still capable of creating exotic,
thoroughly entrancing sounds, which is what makes Vanishing
Point a remarkable comeback.”
Score: 4.5/5.

Stream here…

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PRIMAL SCREAM: Facebook

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Band: GRANDADDY (US)
Album: UNDER THE WESTERN FREEWAY – debut LP

AllMusic said: “A fairly brilliant album, combining a warm, earnest,
and rustic feel with sometimes goofy experimentation.”
Score: 4/5.

Stream here…

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GRANDADDY: Facebook
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6. The Boatman’s Call by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
7. Evergreen by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
8. Time Out Of Mind by BOB DYLAN
9. ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ by BLACK GRAPE
10. ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ by THE CHEMICAL BRORTHERS

RADIOHEAD – Two In One Reissue ‘KID A MNESIA’

10 November 2021

Lats week RADIOHEAD reissued their two experimental electro LPs – Kid A
and Amnesiac (originally released respectively on 2 October 2000 and 30 May
2001). They decided two put the twin records together in a Deluxe Edition,
titled KID A MNESIA.

Content: A 3LP vinyl set or a triple-CD package, both of which offer a third disc titled
Kid A Mnesia, containing unearthed material from the Kid A/Amnesiac sessions along with alternate versions and elements of album tracks and B-sides. This bonus disc features the never-before-heard If You Say The Word and a previously unreleased studio version of Follow Me Around.

Order info (all formats) here.

You can stream the full reissue below on Spotify

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RADIOHEAD: Website

Amazing Artwork! RADIOHEAD With Lots Of Stuff For Anniversaries Of ‘KID A’ And ‘AMNESIAC’

23 September 2021

Record labels love anniversaries of albums. Then they can offer the fans of the artists special stuff, mostly for expensive prices as the number of copies/pressings are – in
most cases – limited. I rather look at the format/artwork that’s presented.

This time RADIOHEAD has a lot to offer. Their two experimental electro LPs – Kid A
and Amnesiac – were released, respectively on 2 October 2000 and 30 May 2001. The
label decided two put the twin records together in an 20th-anniversary special titled
KID A MNESIA. All stuff (save for the third item, has already sold out) is available on
5 November 2021.

Here’s what’s in store…

1. KID A MNESIA HARDBACK ART CATALOGUE

More info here

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2/ KID AMNESIETTE SPECIAL EDITION CASSETTE BOOK

More info here

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3. THE “SCARRY” BOOK (ART BOOK AND 3 X CREAM VINYL)

Oops SOLD OUT
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Stream links to the original albums

– KID A –

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– AMNESIAC –

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RADIOHEAD: Facebook

Really Creepy – THOM YORKE Shares 2021 Remix Of RADIOHEAD’s Anthemic 1992 Debut Single

13 July 2021

A few months ago, Thom Yorke worked with Japanese fashion designer
Jun Takahashi on the soundtrack of the designer’s Undercover Fall 2021
show, titled Creep Very.

Yorke remixed Radiohead‘s 1992 debut single
for the occasion, calling it the Very 2021 remix
and shared the new version with the world now.

The creep really sounds creepy now. Have a listen…

The original version…

RADIOHEAD: Facebook

RADIOHEAD Released Experimental Electro Album ‘AMNESIAC’ 20 Years Ago

5 June 2021

Band: RADIOHEAD
Active since 1985 – so far 9 studio albums

Album: AMNESIAC – 5th LP
Released: 4 June 2001 – 20 years ago

Rolling Stone: “Between arena tours and Number One albums, Radiohead want to get away from it all. Not a week in Goa or a summer in Provence but a more complete escape: oblivion. The songs on Amnesiac contemplate suicide, divorce, paranoia and mysterious disappearances, and the music follows them into the ether.” Score: 3.5/5.

AllMusic: “Where ‘Kid A’ had shock on its side, along with an admirably dogged desire to not be conventional, ‘Amnesiac’ often plays as a hodgepodge. True, it’s a hodgepodge with amazing moments… Radiohead are one of the best bands of their time.” Score: 3.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Many thought that Thom Yorke and co would commit commercial suicide with this album and its twin brother Kid A (released a year before). I have no idea how many copies it sold. What I do know is that 20 years after it troubled many Radiohead fans, Amnesiac still sounds nothing less than amazing.

Stream here…

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