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Radiohead’s modest 1993 debut, ‘Pablo Honey,’ gave no indication of the musical force that they would become. The raw emotion of ‘Creep’ was the first step of a grand adventure that has made the band one of modern music’s top artists. Admired by their peers, praised by critics and worshiped by their fans, Radiohead have carved out their own path amid an ongoing abundance of generic rock bands. Over the course of albums like ‘The Bends,’ Kid A,’ ‘In Rainbows’ and the landmark ‘OK Computer,’ they have upped their game at every turn. With the specter of art-school rock hanging overhead, Radiohead consistently experiment with their style and sound, refusing to be typecast. Like David Bowie, Pink Floyd, the Cure and U2 before them, their music has married the worlds of drama, intrigue and sonic exploration.

Radiohead Slows Down on ‘The Tourist’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

Radiohead were just about to finish sessions for 'OK Computer' when they decided to record one last track.

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Radiohead Started Out ‘Lucky’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

In a way, 'OK Computer' began before Radiohead even realized what was going on. 'Lucky' predated the sessions, but ended up being the perfect fit for the album.

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Louis Armstrong Suffocates the Beach Boys on ‘No Surprises’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

As opposed to 'OK Computer' tracks where ugly lyrics match ugly sounds, “No Surprises” meets Thom Yorke’s despondent words with the record’s prettiest moments.

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Radiohead Uses a String Section to Go ‘Climbing Up the Walls’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

On some 'OK Computer' tracks Radiohead were trying to emulate “The White Album." But on this song, the band wanted to be the opposite of the Beatles.

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‘Electioneering’ Puts Radiohead on the Campaign Trail: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

Radiohead has never been shy about sharing their political opinions. On "Electioneering," they saw themselves as politicians... almost.

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Writer’s Block and Unsettled Thoughts Inform Radiohead’s ‘Fitter Happier': The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

W.A.S.T.E.
W.A.S.T.E.

"Fitter Happier" serves as the manifesto of Radiohead's 'OK Computer,' even if Thom Yorke disavows the lyrics now.

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The ‘Karma Police’ Catch Up With Radiohead: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

One of Radiohead's best-known songs began as an inside joke before it turned into a spooky vision of a dystopian future.

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Radiohead Crushed by Wall of Sound on ‘Let Down’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Capitol
Capitol

Thom Yorke cries, “Don’t get sentimental / It always ends up drivel” on 'OK Computer’'s fifth track, about so many forms of alienation.

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Radiohead Give Star-Crossed Lovers Their ‘Exit Music’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

After Radiohead was asked by director Baz Luhrmann to contribute a song to 'Romeo + Juliet,' the result was 'Exit Music (For a Film).'

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‘Bitches Brew’ Goes to Mars on Radiohead’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Alien’: The Story Behind Every ‘OK Computer’ Song

Parlophone
Parlophone

Miles Davis's jazz-fusion classic influenced the spacey sounds on the 'OK Computer' track and its Martian poetry.

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