I hate Radiohead. There I said it. They have got to be the most overrated group to ever grace the planet, and frankly I find the elitism of their fans to be absolutely annoying. That band could sit around in their living room, fart into a mic, and people call it genius then say to the people who hate it, “you just don’t get it.” In fact, didn’t they do that on one of their albums? Kid A perhaps? Anyway, the point is, I can’t stand this band.
Except for “The Bends”. Don’t ask me why. I’m not quite sure. Maye it’s the association I make with the album. You see, I was 15 when that CD came out. A friend was driving me to a show, and he put the disc in. He said I had to hear this one song called “Just”. The song started playing, and I was floored. Then it got to the part where the guitarist does that solo thing, and climbs and climbs up the neck to like, the last fret and hits that note, and it just rings out for it seems forever. Damn that was so smooth. I immediately went out and bought the album, on tape mind you.
I must have played that tape 5 times a day when I was 15 or 16. Constantly in my walkman on the bus going to school, in my tape player at home while doing homework, I ate, drank, and shat that album. Then, for some odd reason, I misplaced the tape, forgot about it, and didn’t listen to it for a good 6 years.
The other week I was at Circuit City with a friend helping him find an affordable Foghat CD when I came across the album for around $12. Oh how the memories started coming back! I had to buy it, if not for sentimental reasons alone. I spent my last bit of spending money for the week on the CD, and I don’t regret it one bit. Since then (this was Monday of 2 weeks ago), I’ve played the entire album probably around 15 times. I just can’t explain why I love it so much. It’s not as if the music blows me away the way it did in 1995, but those feelings of excitement seem to come rushing back to me every time I hear that album. It’s almost like being 15 again.
I’m sure if I think about it, there are a few albums that have the same effect on me. However in most cases, it’s not an album from a band who I can’t stand. Kinda funny I reckon.