Radiohead
Street Spirit (Fade Out)


3.5
great

Review

by aok USER (32 Reviews)
December 31st, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great way for Radiohead fans everywhere to get more Radiohead

1996 was a different time for Radiohead. Though they had garnered international attention with the hit single ‘Creep’, those paying careful attention acknowledged that The Bends, the beginning of producer Nigel Godrich’s tenure with the band, was more carefully constructed and mature than their debut LP Pablo Honey. But still, this is before Ok Computer, meaning this was before Radiohead had been lauded with accolades from fans and critics, and before they had made a pair of albums that were each more shocking and innovative than the next. In short, the Street Spirit (Fade Out) EP is largely ignored because of all that Radiohead was about to accomplish.

Yet this little EP was as profound a step forward for the band as The Bends. Standout track “Talk Show Host” first sees the light of day here and all the motions it manages to bottle up and contain come along with it. Irking us, moving us and giving us that ever-present longing for harmony amongst discord, it is unsurprisingly regarded as one of the band’s finest releases ever.

However the title track manages to take an even greater effect on the band and the rest of us. “All these things into position, all these things will one day swallow whole” bellows Thom, who has claimed the emotional toll taken whenever he plays this song is so great that even today he has to disconnect entirely from it just to sing it. But that doesn’t manage to make the band stop sounding beautiful and pure throughout.

The EP is rounded out by a trio of solid though much more straightforward releases, any of which could have taken the place of any of the lesser tracks off their previous LP. If anything, the tension built up and surrendered during the progression of ‘Molasses’ makes it particularly notable. But at just over 17 minutes, and with the EP’s marquee tracks being released on other records, this is not an essential listen. Still, it’s a great way for Radiohead fans everywhere to get more Radiohead.




’Street Spirit' is about staring the fucking devil right in the eyes... and knowing, no matter what the hell you do, he'll get the last laugh...and it's real...and true”

( http://www.last.fm/user/j2thezee26/journal/2010/03/09/3h2fqe_thom_yorke_interview-_%22street_spirit%22 )



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pizzamachine
December 31st 2011


14169 Comments


Good review man! You might wanna fix that last part though.

aok
December 31st 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Bishop's Robe ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK3JLbm1rTw )

Talk Show Host ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcYu5Vg_YH8 )

Molasses ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QHlj1IRWa8 )

Street Spirit ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrTB-iiecqk )



This one has mostly been in the bank for a while. I just found a hand written draft on my floor the other day

aok
December 31st 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks pizza, and yea i think i nabbed it. i was trying to employ too many tricks at once

Axel
December 31st 2011


189 Comments


one of their best

jefflebowski
December 31st 2011


8573 Comments


nice to see a good EP review for once.

title track is just immense

aok
December 31st 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks guys. i find ep's a lot easier to write about than lp's so i can do them more often =)

pizzamachine
December 31st 2011


14169 Comments


Totally. Less songs so less to think about it.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2011


56615 Comments


talk show host rules so hard

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aok
December 31st 2011


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i'm not going back. i'm not going back

Tyrannic
January 1st 2012


3296 Comments


"Though they had garnered international attention with the hit single ‘Creep’, and those paying careful attention
acknowledged that The Bends, the beginning of producer Nigel Godrich’s tenure with the band, was more carefully
constructed and mature than their debut LP Pablo Honey."

edit: nah it's just awkward reading.

aok
January 1st 2012


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yea, i got rid of an and so it reads better i guess

TheMushuPork
January 1st 2012


462 Comments


Tis a good smell.

aok
January 1st 2012


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i feel stupid and contagious

luschlotz
January 1st 2012


993 Comments


Talk SHow Host rules, but it looks like im getting more radiohead. thanks andy

aok
January 2nd 2012


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

go here first lucas ;) : http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=436113&listid=72378 . and once that finishes, shoot me a note

oltnabrick
January 18th 2013


36771 Comments


least favorite radiohead ep. still pretty good

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aok
January 19th 2013


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

'talk show host' is the shit fool

Chortles
January 19th 2013


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yup



this ep rules hard

Uranium
January 19th 2013


7549 Comments


talk show host rules. pretty much forgot the rest of the songs though.

Chortles
January 19th 2013


21384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the rest is pretty solid too



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