|OK Computer is even older than Willow Smith.|
Fifteen years ago on Saturday, Radiohead released a follow-up to The Bends -- which two years earlier had essentially cemented them as the new leaders of Brit Pop. Called OK Computer, the album almost single-handedly destroyed the Brit styling as we knew it. (The Spice Girls helped too.) The Bends was a leap forward from their 1992 debut, Pablo Honey, which successfully fused Brit Pop and grunge at times, and was at turns outright boring. But there was a marathon's-worth of steps between The Bends and OK Computer. Does all of this rhetoric sound familiar?
Even if you have -- however improbably -- never listened to even one
note of their music, you know Radiohead exists. Even if you despise
them, their influence over the past nearly two decades is undeniable.
But that question remains: Have they been talked about, picked apart,
viewed under a microscope so frequently that it's hardly worth doing any
longer? If you're still reading this, the answer is likely "no."