Radiohead
Airbag/How Am I Driving?


4.0
excellent

Review

by Morvit USER (3 Reviews)
October 21st, 2005 | 52 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


This EP contains the A-side track "Airbag" from OK Computer along with six other B-sides. This can be thought of an extension to Ok computer. The quality is almost as good.

**1** Airbag 5/5
If you've heard OK Computer already, you should probably recognize this song (yes itz the 1st track in it...). This track, according to Thom, is suppose to reflect how you've just missed having a car accident and realize how close it was to feel the incredible emotion of still being alive. Radiohead made this song with a drum loop based on a three second sample of Phil's drumming getting the influence from DJ shadow. Awesome beginning track.

**2** Pearly* 4/5
This is one of the favourite among fans. Pearly* has a great riff, and strange lyrics which meanings is still unknown. The guitar playing from Jonny Greenwood here is interesting, and an entrancing rhythm that seems typical of the OK Computer era. The near monotonous chorus, along with Thom doubling his own voice, sets up beautifully for the songs ending.

**3** Meeting in the Aisle 3.5/5
This instructmental track was used as as entrance song instead of "Fitter Happier"for the band's 1998 shows. This song has that weird ,alien-like, in space-like feeling to it. Totally weird, totally radiohead-ish song. The electronic sound along wit the pitch bendings surely makes this song more weird. Great song, gets me to sleep easily =)....in a good way.

**4** A Reminder 3/5
It starts with a slow intro with lots of weird stuff going on in the backround. The intro kinda sounds like a crowded room. Then it continues in a slow way with Thoms monotonous voice. Not bad, but i dont really like it that much. There are better radiohead b-sides out there.

**5** Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2) 5/5
This song almost made it into Ok computer. Best song in the EP hands down. The song is separated into 2 parts. Part 1 is bascally a sad-sounding intro played with an acoustic guitar and sung beautifully by Yorke. Then the link to Part 2 starts to get intensely dramatic. The lyrics are great.

**6** Melatonin 2.5/5
Melatonin is a song that is driven heavily on synth. This has a yearning sound to it reminiscent of the end of "Street Spirit" I dont really get what the songs about though. Not that great IMO.

**7** Palo Alto 5/5
The standout track of the EP IMO. Palo Alto is a city home to many of America's large corporations. This song, from the start, sounds futuristic. The song starts of lesurely. Then suddenly, the guitars crash in, and after some very abrasive playing, the guitars pull back, leaving almost as quickly as they came, the bass then enters with a pleasant melody, and the song once again floats smoothly until the guitars come back again. "Palo Alto" is probably Radiohead's heaviest song.

In my opinion, if you have all 6 of Radioheads LP albums, then you should buy this EP. It features 7 songs and is not as expensive as COM LAG: 2+2=5. Then you would probably look into Iron Lung EP, Itch EP or com lag EP.

P.S : I just realized no one haf done a review on pulp's album yet OMG


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LongDistanceRabbit
October 21st 2005


11 Comments


Great review, i would really like to get Airbag, but i've never seen it for sale Anywhere. where did you get it??

Morvit
October 21st 2005


71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazon

The Flabbit Rides High
October 21st 2005


73 Comments


[quote=LongDistanceRabbit]Great review, i would really like to get Airbag, but i've never seen it for sale Anywhere. where did you get it??[/quote]

Hey, Good review.

Im actaually besy sending out a mailing list with all Radioheads B-Sides and Rarities. This single (or ep) is included in the list.

If you sign up now, you will receive it.

Go here------->http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402977

Neoteric
October 21st 2005


3243 Comments


I saw that! Well done d00d.

Zebra
Moderator
October 21st 2005


2647 Comments


Very good review. I must look into getting this.

Kid A
October 21st 2005


261 Comments


Kick ass review. I want this. Bad.


innerdark
October 21st 2005


749 Comments


if it's like ok computer i'm not sure coz i think the bends is much better

Kid A
October 21st 2005


261 Comments


[quote=Iamhoppus]if it's like ok computer i'm not sure coz i think the bends is much better[/quote]

I've got all the songs already, and most of them sound more Ok Computerish than The Bends. But they're all still really good.

innerdark
October 21st 2005


749 Comments


i've only heard paranoid android and karma police and a liked them

Fabrizzio
October 21st 2005


2 Comments


then how do u know you liked the bends more?

innerdark
October 21st 2005


749 Comments


cause i thought the sungles from that owned them and i prefer the more....sad ide of radiohead

and now that i listen to it, i can see how muse were compared to radiohead originally

pulseczar
October 21st 2005


2385 Comments


if you've only heard those two songs from OK Computer, how can you judge the bends? and how do you know about the sad side of radiohead from those two songs?

innerdark
October 21st 2005


749 Comments


sad side of radiohead= high and dry

i'm gonna get ok computer at christmas cos i spent all my my money on a guitar and an amp

Kid A
October 25th 2005


261 Comments


Ok Computer is more depressing than the bends.

To me at least.

Tsuruka
November 6th 2005


55 Comments


Yes, OK Computer is one of the most depressing sounding albums of all time.

MUCH more so than The Bends.

The Jungler
January 29th 2006


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm definitly going to get this EP



Ive only heard Polyethylene and it was awesome

The Jungler
March 25th 2006


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just got this from my older friend.



Gonna listen to it soon.

Electric City
Emeritus
June 10th 2007


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good, but I think Polyethylene is overrated. Pearly is my favorite.

Mambuto_O'Mally
July 20th 2007


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What, 3/5? Are you mad?!?



A Reminder is the best B-Side from these guys. Just pure fucking energy it is.

Electric City
Emeritus
July 20th 2007


15762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I gave it a 3.5.



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