Daniel Radcliffe Listened to Radiohead to Prepare for Harry Potter; Music Geeks Pick Their 10 Best Radiohead Songs
He also listened to a lot of Hope of the States. "There are certain songs... that I've always gone back to over the years... And I keep going back to them to find Harry," said the 21-year-old.
Speaking of Radiohead, we recently asked a bunch of music geeks what they thought the 10 best Radiohead songs were. Bassist Charles Gray of Far*Out obliges with a list of pop hits and deep cuts, after the jump. What are your favorites? Post them after the jump!
2. "Killer Cars" - It never fails to make me cry every time this song is blasting in my car during the line "I couldn't cope if you crashed today, all the things I forgot to say, I'm going out, for a little drive, and it could be the last time you see me alive." This is one of those ideas/themes for a song that makes me jealous that I didn't think of it first. Such a brilliant fast rock song with a wicked guitar solo at the end.
3. "How Can You be Sure?" - I call this the ultimate break up song. When Thom Yorke sings "I don't want you anymore" at the end of this song, I think of past girlfriends that did me dirty and wrong. This is my anthem for them, obviously.
4. "Knives Out" - It's straightforward guitar beauty. If you smoke pot and listen to this, you will be instantly transported into Thom's world, right where he wants you. Then when you get there, he sort of whispers to you in that haunting melody that yes, this is a drug song. And it's about taking drugs. We all took drugs making this. Enjoy yourself, it will be OK. "Look into my eyes, its the only way you'll know I'm telling the truth."
4. "Just" - This song just juices me up and catapults me into oblivion every time I hear it. Even to this day it's got so much tooth and snarl. Plus those guitar solos and jams within this song are just wickedly and sonically so good. Plus I still want to know what that man is whispering to the cop and everyone else while on the sidewalk.
5. "Creep" - A good ingredient for a successful pop song is always adding a curse word in its chorus, to show balls/badassness. From Mumford & Sons "Little Lion Man" to Cee Lo's "Fuck You," it's always a fun one for a drunken party acoustic guitar singalong. I think everyone could relate to this song at one point in their life. It's an anthem that goes beyond a generation. Like "Imagine" by John Lennon, "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor, and "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd. Am I right? Because I might be wrong. (Pun intended.)
6. "Motion Picture Soundtrack" - I was nuts in love with the acoustic version of this song before KID A was released and I thought it had such an amazingly sad lyrics that blew me away. To tell a girl that you think she's crazy is genius. Cee-Lo owes Thom royalties for that one. Then they really dressed the song up and took it to another level on KID A. Sometimes I feel like it took away from the sad beauty of the lyrics, but I still love to listen to both versions. Both still beautiful.
7. "Paranoid Android" - Songs within songs are always great. "Band On The Run" by Wings, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles. This is just another awesome one to add to that list. Plus that bass line is one of the first ones I learned which made me feel like a bass player and love the song even more. I think all bass players should learn it, because it's so fun to play. Just like "This Charming Man" from the Smiths.
8. "The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy" - The music happening in this song is just out of this world. So wicked. The instrumentation. All the crazy sounds happening at once. I can't believe this was a b-side. It's so innovative. Definitely a song you can escape with, however you enjoy escaping.
9. "Scatterbrain" - Such an undiscussed gem on an album that definitely grew on me. Towards the end of Hail To The Thief, this song just grabs you and pulls you in. It makes you want to park your car, stop where you are, and just sit back and let Thom and Jonny into your soul. This song is a Mani/Pedi, Massage, Spa, first bong hit, cold beer sip, after a stressful day at work all wrapped in one.
10. "Nude" - The soundtrack to heaven. Or drowning. How beautiful is this song? I was a fan of this song even before it came out when it was called "Big Ideas, Don't Get Any." But the finished/polished version on In Rainbows is just genius. It just glues that whole album together and takes that album to "classic" status.