TITLE: Pablo Honey
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #32 US, #22 UK
SINGLES: Creep (#34 US, #2 US Alternative, #7 UK), Anyone Can Play Guitar (#32 UK), Stop Whispering (#23 US Alternative)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably, but who knows? “You” perhaps? “Blow Out”?
LINEUP: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First Radiohead album remembered for the smash single and not much else, but there’s some good stuff lurking about.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I can see why Radiohead didn’t want to play “Creep” for a long time. It’s of a time and place for the band and for music where anything that sounded the remotest like grunge became “The New Nirvana”, and people wanted that sound from Radiohead. (Well, people who didn’t get The Bends or anything else.)
It is a highlight of the record. But it’s laughable that you can listen to the whole album and think they were the next grunge stars. Even then, Radiohead had a lot of things going on in their songs that weren’t straight forward. Of course they would move forward by leaps and bounds, leaving this far behind them.
You can take this album as it is – and not really connect it to the entire oeuvre of Radiohead. That’s fine. It’s an OK album with one big hit and a few other nice tracks. You may like some of the other tracks – I may like different ones. Non-fans may just want the single, but the album is OK for 1993 nostalgia.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The title comes from a Jerky Boys prank, which if you ask me is quite odd to say the least.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Deluxe editions abound.
GRADE: B: This is so 1993. Good 1993, but still of that time and place.