OK Computer by Radiohead (1997)
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
OK Computer is Radiohead’s third album. It’s ranked #162 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, #1 on Spin Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005, and #1 on Pitchfork‘s Top 100 Albums of the 1990s. It almost always appears at the top of any list that includes the words “music” and “best”.
The album is the musical bridge between the broad rock appeal of 1995’s The Bends and the more avant-garde approach of 2000’s Kid A. At times challenging, it’s also irresistibly tuneful. Released near the height of the internet revolution, the album’s themes of alienation and paranoia regarding technology and government are just as relevant today as they were in the 90’s.
Let’s drive up Laurel Canyon Boulevard, a “bridge” between Central Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and grab lunch at DarbinZ Kebab in Studio City.