To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer we've asked some of our favorite musicians to participate in a song-by-song covers compilation. Indicative of the album's continued importance, each invitee jumped at the chance; the results are personal, intense, tellingly various. Slow down, dig in, enjoy. But note: we did this all legal and everything, so we can't keep these up forever...get 'em before someone else does. Ambition makes you look pretty.
10 years? Are you cereal? Man, I feel old. It seems like just yesterday that I... I'm not going there. Finishing that sentence would justify that feeling for being old.
I've been working my way through these tracks and I find them interesting (the commentary by the covering artists is pretty cool as well). Do I like all of the covers? No. Do I think any of them top the originals? Not even close. Does that surprise me? Absolutely not. But I'll give all of the covering artists credit for taking on the challenge. If I was musically inclined, I wouldn't do it. I always find covers interesting just to hear their take on the original. Once in a while, a cover will top the original but those times are few and far between.
I love OK Computer for so many reasons. First and foremost, it's a fantastic album from top to bottom. It's filled with so many ground-breaking, complex sounds - yet, at the same time, it's so easy to listen to. After countless listenings, I still find myself discovering nuances that I've never noticed before. It's almost like the album continues to evolve for me. It also came out at a great time in my life - college. If we listened to it once, we listened to it a thousand times. What a great f-ing time - makes me want to sleep in until noon and cut class.