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My Top 10 Radiohead Videos

Hello everyone,

It has been a buys month. So my time for blogging has been very limited. Instead of writing something for my blog I decided to “make up” my top 10 favorite Radiohead videos and for what ever is worth share them with you. The list is very subjective and I only considered those videos that realize the spirit of the song the best.

What would be your top 10?

Cheers,

Caleb

Here are my top 10 Radiohead videos

10. Just from The Bends

What is he saying! Anyone?

9. Knives Out from Amnesiac

8. Fake Plastic Trees from The Bends

7. Daydreaming from A Moon Shaped Pool

A heartfelt plea for the environment…

6. House of Cards from In Rainbows

Amazing!

5. Karma Police from OK Computer

Moody and enigmatic classic Radiohead!

4. Burn the Witch A Moon Shaped Pool

A love letter to all the Trumpkins? Probably not…

3. No Surprises from OK Computer

The panic in his eyes was real.

2. Paranoid Android from OK Computer

Simply epic…

1. Street Spirit (Fading out) from The Bends

Haunting melodies against the background stunningly visual imagery.

Black Rebels Motorcycle Club

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In the 1953 movie The Wild Ones Marlon Brandon plays the leader of a group of riders out for trouble in California. The movie is a landmark of 1950’s genre of youth disaffection and rebellion. In an iconic scene the main character Johnny Strabler is asked:

What are you rebelling against?

To which Johnny replied:

What’ve you got?

Generations later three friends from California picked up that spirit and channeled it into one of my favorite rock bands of all time: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Taste in music can be very subjective, but there is something about them that has captivated me since the first time I listened to them. Their sound is quintessential Rock & Roll with its roots firmly planted in the American landscape of open roads, rugged individualism, sin and redemption.

“Fault Line” by BRMC

I’ve been waiting on the fault line
Living evil take me on
I’ll be standing with my dying bed
If you care to come along

Racing with the rising tide
To my father’s door

I been lying in the bright light
See my shadow from below
Never wanted from another man
Never wanted for my own

Drowning in the rising tide
At my father’s door

Through a window to the last mile
My living picture on a wall
From the banks of the far side
I see the lights come ashore

Racing from the rising tide
To my father’s door
Racing from the rising tide
To my father’s door
Racing with the rising tide
To my father’s door

They remind me of good old country music. In that their songs often captures the struggle between the desire of the soul and the pull of the world. The great masters of Country music like Roy Acuff, Hank William and Johnny Cash did this brilliantly. They walked the fine line between human frailty and redemption. They acknowledge human weakness, but never glorify it, instead they tried to redeem it. It is the struggle between the good and the bad of human existence that fueled all those great songs.  BRMC follows in that tradtion in their own post modern oblique way…

Atlas: A Masterpiece

From time to time I get into a band so intently that I hardly listen to anything else. Has that ever happen to you? The fact that I keep coming back to listen to it over and over tells me that it is not just disposable melodies, whose enjoyment and novelty burst open just after a few listens, but a real musical effort that has substance, whose full beauty demands time to unpack and discover all its subtleties.

Atlas by Sleeping at Last is one of such albums. Ever since my best friend introduced me to it, I have been captivated by this amazing musical marvel. Atlas is a yearlong project by Ryan O’Neal, a singer and songwriter behind the band Sleeping at Last.

O’Neal describes, Atlas, as an “overarching story of how our universe came to be, and how we were woven together inside it*. It is a storybook about us looking at the heavens and marveling at the wonders of creation while navigating the vast oceans of human existence. The lyrics give witness to such epic task when he sings:

 You say it one more time,
That the universe was made
Just to be seen by my eyes.

 With shortness of breath, I’ll explain the infinite
How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.

Atlas might be the best Christian album that I have ever listened to. The lyrics are grounded on a firm admiration of creation and the uniqueness and preciousness of life while its melodies constantly remind you of the beauty and elegance of creation. It is like O’Neal songwriting agrees with the psalmist in every song:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands”.

Psalm 19:1

I am not even sure if Sleeping at Last considered themselves as a Christian band or even if they agree with such category, but they sing about hope, forgiveness, frailty, desire, love, hope and wonder, all essential ingredients of the great drama that is life.

God Bless.

If I have peaked your interest go and visit their at website: http://sleepingatlast.com