Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Not Just Another One-Hit Wonder?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Not Just Another One-Hit Wonder?

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WITH Radiohead's upwardly mobile song "Creep" getting heavy-duty attention (Rolling Stone magazine recently proclaimed the tune "single of the moment"), the British band could certainly be flirting with One-Hit Wonder Land.

That prospect is not lost on guitarist Jon Greenwood, who hopes "Creep" will prompt fans to discover there's more to Radiohead than the ear-grabbing, unconventional single.

"I would agree that it's probably the best song on the album. And there's a lot of inverted snobbery that bands get into when they have a successful song. They want to play a song down. But I think we realize we're happy with it, that song.

"But, yeah, there are at least five what I consider to be really good songs on the album," Greenwood said of "Pablo Honey," the group's debut album. "And even the ones that don't work so well still sound very good live, I think. They weren't recorded perfectly, but we're happy with the whole album. We're keen for it to be treated as a whole album, not just something that happens to have `Creep' on it."

Even a quick listen to "Pablo Honey" supports Greenwood's assertion that Radiohead can play more than the mid-tempo pop of "Creep." "Ripcord" is a stormy tune, spiced by bursts of guitars, a rollicking beat and a hooky chorus. "Thinking About You," is acoustic, with its edgy chords forming a nice complement to the song's lovelorn lyrics. "Anyone Can Play Guitar" is an infinitely catchy poppy rocker. Gently strummed guitar and muted vocals begin the song "Blow Out" on a rather jazzy note before the track erupts with a careening song-ending flourish.

Ironically, the version of "Creep" that appears on "Pablo Honey" was something of a happy accident. It wasn't even supposed to be committed to tape the day it was recorded, Greenwood said.

"It was recorded while we were actually in the studio to record two other songs. We were asked to play some things to check the levels of the tape, and we just did one that we liked best from rehearsing it the day before. We'd only written it the week before and we were just kind of very keen to play it for each other, and they happened to record it," Greenwood said.

Though "Creep" has obvious melodic appeal, it's drawn more attention for its out-of-the-ordinary lyrics. Far from the usual themes of romance and self-confidence, "Creep" is a song for the misfit in anyone (witness such lines as "What the hell am I doing here/I don't belong here" and "You're so very special/But I'm a creep.")

But the members of the band - Greenwood, his brother Colin (bass), Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, lyrics), Ed O'Brien (guitar) and Phil Selway (drums) - have been reluctant to spell out their thinking behind the lyrics.

"It's good that people are talking about it. But I think it's also important not to sort of say what we think about it, how we feel about it," Greenwood said. …

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