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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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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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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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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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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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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Early RADIOHEAD Cassette Under The Hammer

18 January 2021


(pic via Omega Auctions / PA Wire)

RADIOHEAD members originally met at Abingdon School in
Oxfordshire
. They formed a band called On A Friday in 1985.

A demo tape featuring 6 tracks of which 3 never heard before – ‘Promise Me’,
‘Boy In A Box’
and ‘These Chains’- has now come to the surface. Omega Auctions
will lift the hammer on January 26.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather commented: “The tracks are raw but certainly suggest
something of the fantastic potential that the band would realise in a few years’ time.”

The demo is expected to fetch £2,000.

Burnout Album ‘KID A’ By RADIOHEAD Is 20 Today

2 October 2020

Band: RADIOHEAD
Album: KID A – fourth LP
Released: 2 October 2000 – 20 years ago today

Pitchfork wrote: “The experience and emotions tied to listening to Kid A are like witnessing the stillborn birth of a child while simultaneously having the opportunity to see her play in the afterlife on Imax. It’s an album of sparking paradox. It’s cacophonous yet tranquil, experimental yet familiar, foreign yet womb-like, spacious yet visceral, textured yet vaporous, awakening yet dreamlike, infinite yet 48 minutes. It will cleanse your brain of those little crustaceans of worries and inferior albums clinging inside the fold of your gray matter. The harrowing sounds hit from unseen angles and emanate with inhuman genesis. When the headphones peel off, and it occurs that six men (Nigel Godrich included) created this, it’s clear that Radiohead must be the greatest band alive, if not the best since you know who. Breathing people made this record! And you can’t wait to dive back in and try to prove that wrong over and over.
Full review here. Score: 10/10.

Thom Yorke: “We toyed with the idea of making it a double album, but I think that would
only have confused everybody even more, so we decided to stick with the songs we picked.”

Turn Up The Volume: “‘Kid A’, and his brother ‘Amnesiac’, was the result of a burnout after the global success of ‘OK Computer’. I’m still waiting for the next burnout.”

Standout track…

Full album…

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