Dog Walk Review | Radiohead, ‘Pablo Honey’

Hello, Loyal Mockers! I like to listen to music and I like to walk my beagle, Shea. These blog postings will detail our adventures while also reviewing a record. 

ALBUM: Radiohead's debut album, 'Pablo Honey'...I'll be heading to Boston later in the month to see this seminal group live so why not brush up on their back catalogue?

STATS: 12 Songs | 42 minutes | 1.5 mile walk (I know it seems like I should cover more ground in that time but my beagle likes to sniff...everything)

WIKIPEDIA KNOWLEDGE BOMBS: Album peaked at #22 on the British Music Charts...In America, they were called the British Nirvana based on the success of hit single, 'Creep'-it's very weird to think of those two bands as contemporaries...Pitchfork only gave this record a 5.4 out of 10--wait, there wasn't Pitchfork back in 1993!

SONG BY SONG:

1) You...Beautiful day in Shopping Cart City as Shea and I head out with jangly guitars and Thom Yorke angsty lyrics setting the tone (yes, even on the very first Radiohead song he sings about drowning and being caught in the fire)

2) Creep...I watched the video to this song a lot as it was a staple in MTV's rotation...I often thought to myself at the time that I should update their Wikipedia page and call them the 'British Nirvana'

3) How Do You?...I kind of forgot about this short song where it seems like they are trying to sound like the Sex Pistols which was not a good idea

4) Stop Whispering...I'll stop whispering and start shouting that this song fucking rules, an underrated gem in their catalogue

5) Thinking About You...Acoustic tune where Thom Yorke mumbles about playing with himself

6) Anyone Can Play Guitar...Except me, as the multiple times I have tried always end up with my fingers hurting and utter failure...another contender for best song on the album

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Our beagle nearly tangled with a kitten who was impressively hidden behind a bush...the drama quickly fizzled as the cat proved to be scaredy

7) Ripcord...Album starts to sag like a parachute with this one

8) Vegetable...Wikipedia fact or fiction? As a child, guitarist Jonny Greenwood's family was known for having the best vegetable garden in their Oxford neighborhood

9) Prove Yourself...You have to wonder what could have been with Radiohead if they decided to just keep playing their guitars thought everyone who ever re-listend to this album while walking a beagle...

10) I Can't...I really can't differentiate the last three to four songs as they all kinda sound the same

11) Lurgee...Wikipedia Fact or Fiction? Q Magazine named this song as one of the twenty most essential lesser known Radiohead songs...

12) Blow Out...I like how the last minute of this song is the most dissonant the guitars get, it is definitely the weirdest they sound on this straight-forward rock'n'roll record and it foreshadows what is to come! They opened their tour last night in Chicago and played this for the first time in years (only song they played from this album if you are curious)

FINAL VERDICT: A few standouts but doubt anyone could have predicted that Radiohead would be selling out arenas 25 years after this album was released...Thanks for reading and please leave any feedback you might have to @mockerspodcast

WIKIPEDIA ANSWERS: Fiction and Fact

 

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