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The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 837: Radiohead, A History, Part 2

When you think about it, it’s quite an accomplishment to become even a one-hit-wonder. Sure, your career is essentially over after one song, but at least you made it that far. Think about all the bands who work for years and years and never manage to enjoy any sort of success.

Still, no one likes that label. It’s demoralizing, knowing that you’ve gone down in history as a band with just one good song.

It’s hard to imagine it now that they’re considered to be one of the most influential groups of a generation, but this is exactly the story of thing Radiohead face early in their career.

But with the help of a smart producer and a tour opening for Alanis Morissette (who was on her way to selling more than 30 million copies of Jagged Little Pill), Radiohead was able to overcome the pressure of following up a potential one-hit-wonder.

This is the story of Radiohead, part 2.

Songs included in this show (all songs by Radiohead)

High and Dry


Paranoid Android

Karma Police

Everything In Its Right Place

Pyramid Song

True Love Waits (Live)

2 + 2 = 5

Eric Wilhite has this playlist for us.

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One thought on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 837: Radiohead, A History, Part 2

  • Don’t forget they single-handedly saved rock in the late 90’s.


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