Hugh Reviews Thom Yorke

Apropos of absolutely nothing, my favourite 12 Thom Yorke songs:

12. White Flash:

There was a block of time where it seemed that Yorke’s collaborations with electronic artists were his best work.

11. Everything In Its Right Place:

Was this, perhaps, the song that really made Radiohead the remix darlings they’ve been since?

10. Reckoner:

I haven’t given Radiohead a lot of ear-time for many years, but this track stood out for me when I heard it.

9. Black Swan:

When this album dropped, I was well past the peak of my Radiohead fandom, and, on the whole, the album reinforced that feeling; this track was an exception.

8. Talk Show Host:

This is one of those songs that grew on me very slowly. I liked it in the film, was blase about it later, and finally came to really dig it. It contains echoes of later Radiohead, while retaining some of the soul that they lost after the ’90s.

7. Electioneering:

I loved this album. I love this album still; it is Radiohead at their absolute peak and every song on it is engaging on its own terms. Over-produced guitar band rock out.

6. Exit Music (For A Film):

For the first 150 or so listens through OK Computer, this was my favourite song. It slowly lost ground to others, but I love it still.

5. Fake Plastic Trees:

In (I think) the 5th season of Entourage, this song is used at the end of an episode and it is one of the most perfect pairings of music to film I have ever witnessed.

4. The Trickster:

When I first heard this, it was on the other side of the Radiohead spectrum to where my tastes lay, but it quickly came to sound like a perfect synopsis of the band.

3. Ego:

For me, as for a lot of people, this collaboration was a meeting destined for greatness. Four Tet and Burial’s other collabs are also well worth a look.

2. Lucky:

Just wow.

1. Let Down:

I almost think I like the Easy Star All Stars’ cover of this more, but the original continues to give me the goosebumps it gave me on first listening 15 years or so ago.


Hugh Reviews the Otherworldly Terror of Warehouse Retail

The Face of FearI have seen the other side and it is immense. Everything about it is on a scale that just doesn’t work. Not big like city buildings, tickling the belly of the sky but big like a dream of a place that looks like it should be on a more human scale. I had a dream once in which what was obviously a plastic bag was a cave that could have contained Niagara Falls.

I’d like to say I lived there, briefly: the other side, but that would hardly be accurate. I did visit though, in a borrowed car, feet not being an appropriate mode of transport when travelling such soul-stretching distances. I drove for 7 minutes to get there. I felt I should have had to board a plane and be shot to edge of the atmosphere, a distance more congruent with the staggering translation of concept.

I left with a rake and a handful of other items that would survive the crossing back into my more familiar habitat. I sincerely hope I do not have to return for a long time, though within me lurks the feat that I might one day end up living there.