Dumbass Moments In Music Journalism History

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Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 17:18
To: Mish
Subject: [mishpucha] retro consumer guide hilarity

Looking over old clips for another artist, and I came across this gem that has to be shared...

Dud of the Month
RADIOHEAD: OK Computer (Capitol)
[review circa 1997]

My favorite Floyd album has always been Wish You Were Here, and you know why? It has soul, that's why--it's Roger Waters' lament for Syd, not my idea of a tragic hero but as long as he's Roger's that doesn't matter. Radiohead wouldn't know a tragic hero if they were cramming for their A levels, and their idea of soul is Bono, who they imitate further at the risk of looking even more ridiculous than they already do. So instead they pickle Thom E. Yorke's vocals in enough electronic marginal distinction to feed a coal town for a month. Their art-rock has much better sound effects than the Floyd snoozefest Dark Side of the Moon, but it's less sweeping and just as arid. I guarantee that it will not occupy the charts for 10 years. In fact, only because the Brits seized EMI does it have a chance to last through Christmas. B MINUS [Later]

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I guess, dear readers, all I can say is...HAHA, you TOTALLY missed that mark, whoever you are.

*Edit: Holy shit...it was Robert Christgau from the Village Voice. OMG....

Wiki: Radiohead's OK Computer

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