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2000 - KID_A
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PARIS, Le Grand Rex, 30-06-00
Paris - Saint Dennis 19-09-00
28&29. 9. 2000, Glasgow Green
Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin, 7 - 8.10.2000
Radiohead au Victoria Park, London
THOM YORKE INTERVIEW-
Radiohead à Nulle Part Ailleurs -
le 18 septembre 2000
RADIOHEAD PARIS 30-06-00
Sat 1st: UK, London,
Royal Festival Hall
As heard during the W.A.S.T.E. play
back session in London
(17th of August 2000)
by Ricci Coughlan
The hearing was in Camden, on the top floor of what looked
like an old flower mill. W.A.S.T.E send you a map when they
tell you that you got lucky. When you walk to the top of the
ramp (3rd floor) you get to a door with security waiting
there with a clipboard and names, they then ask for your
name and ID and hopefully let you in.
KID-A CD promo-cover
Inside it was just all one room with drapes as partitions.
The loft space was big with wooden beams overhead and all
the windows covered with white sheets. The floor was made up
of lots of little tiles from the albums artwork (I guess),
the first one you see as you walk in is the cover to KID A i
guess. That one was a little bigger than the rest, it was a
dark cover showing two volcanoes and Radiohead written
centrally at the top in red (in the new lettering) and kid a
written just under it in bigger white letters (same
lettering). The tiles on the floor were very strange, they
had lots of little bears on, the pictures we've seen before
tho, no new ones. The background was almost like they had
their own little world.
The room was dark-ish and there were big tables with red
covers and on top were little candles (lit). all very
wondeful and atmospheric. [...] You couldn't see right down
to the end of the room because there were drapes
partitioning the spaces, we were told to wait before going
through.... Tho, you could see a lighting rig in the beams
above the main floor space. [...] The main listening room
was again made up of artwork floors and tables with candles
on, fresh fruit and more fridge's of refreshment... but down
the centre was a row of old dark wood tables [...] On the
were big cushions for everyone to sit/lay on [...] We were
each given a set of cordless headphones that were playing
jazz while everyone got all refreshed and comfy. Then Sam
walked behind the other drape at the far end of the room and
said that he was about to put Kid A on.
-EVERYTHING IN IT'S RIGHT PLACE-
Astonishingly powerful for me personally, I dont know if it
was because it was the first track, i dont think that thats
it. I just think that it is a powerful track to listen to, i
still have it running through my head now, it stood out so
much for some reason. The perfect opener for the album, it
sets the tone perfectly... It takes you to where you need to
be. sounds just as it does live.... Only with Thom's vocals
more personal and close i think. Very hypnotic, not only
because of Thoms cut-up vocals but also the music, the organ
melody is wonderful. Hmmm, the music made me think of a
robot being assembled if i remember. The track starts with
thom chanting (quietly) "KID A KID A B A A". I think i
remember there being a 'b' im not sure. I loved this track.
Its very much in the vein of the rest of the album.
Musically complex, abstract... another world.
Lovely intro, like a childs music box..... baby's toy. I
think that this is the hardest track to listen to, maybe
because of Thom's vocals, they are distorted, sounds like a
robot? Echo is used too i think. The lyrics are hard to work
out, slow. "we got heads on sticks"
-THE NATIONAL ANTHEM-
Nice bass line. Whaling trumpets? Very much as it is live i
think. Thom, the sound of someone who is scared? Confusion,
not knowing what the hell is happening!!!? This song would
go well with the video for "afrika shox" by Leftfield I
think - driven my the bass. The song closes with what sounds
like a real national anthem (?) A great track though
-HOW TO DISAPPEAR-
Just as great as it is live, played identically. Soothing
music.... the first and only sign of conventional guitar.
One of the only conventional 'songs' on the album. Tho
conventional ain't quite right. It sounds like someone
quietly thinking to himself? (well i thought so)...maybe.
"im not here, this isnt happening"
A slow instrumental. It will take you far far far far away.
The sound of a birth maybe? I remember thinking that (i
(and in limbo? one track..... It sounds like two when played
to me) Back to business... up the tempo, wake up, sharp
Reminds me of tribal chanting around a campfire, the melody
i think. A little slower than it is live, did i hear a heart
beat here? "you try the best you can, the best you can is
Optimistic and in limbo are one track i think
More abstract sound, overlapping and loops. "im lost at sea,
dont bother me", "you're living in a fantasy, in this
beautiful world " Simply wonderful.
Synthetic bass and drums, nothing like anything you could
imagine hearing on the record at the start, it was a real
shock. Like a dance record? "ice age coming, let me hear
both sides". Thom chants "ice age is coming" over and over
as though he is trying not to forget, he's reminding
himself. Thom also (almost) shouts "this 'is' really
happening happening". As tho he is trying to wake himself
up. They must have kept this quiet purposely, this must have
been a great track to work on. An important track.... It
must have taken time and i would imagine that many nights
would be spent worrying about the bass and drums. But good
call i say.... Fantastic to listen to. It really stands out,
I remember thinking at the time that this could be a single?
Thinking back I may be wrong? but I did think it at the
Just as great as it is live, more distorted music, cuts and
fades. The most memorable part is Thom mumbling "walking
walking walking-walking ... walking walking
walking-walking". I can still hear it now. Like a deranged
person mumbling to themselves. "where did ya park the car"
... "cut the kids in half"
-MOTION PICTURE SOUND TRACK-
Very soft (as you would expect). Astonishing! no guitar,
vocals are the same as they have always been. White noise?
the sound of water? *cant quite remember* You see white and
light blue in your head for this. A harp? Should be
interesting to see live. A real shock to hear, totally
unexpected if youve heard the older versions with guitar. We
like surprises. Ends as you would expect with the fitting
line "i'll see you in the next life"
Very short instrumental. The sound of the end? Simply
beautiful..... it will take you far far far away........ It
ends and you think "NO!!!!.. PLEASE KEEP GOING"... and you
wait.... ten seconds later the album stops. Someone swimming
upwards? But you don't see if they make it to the surface or
The story ends where it ends I guess
It is hard to remember exact details about each track, a
general feel to the album is easier. KID A is nothing like
anything that most people will have heard before,
conventional song writing seems to have been turned away
from , KID A is one big soundscape. Lyrics and vocals seem
to be used as another instrument at times.... Musically the
album is very complex and (as always) it's quite hard to
work out what could have made certain sounds. The tracks on
the album are very close to the live versions, it just
highlights how good Radiohead are.
ABSTRACT, its a good word for the album. It seems that KID A
is more of a soundtrack, that's what it sounds like....like
a soundtrack rather than an album. A sound track to what, i
am not sure. The sound track to an abstract dream, an
abstract version of reality maybe? Ok Computer was looking
at the real world from a certain angle.... You can't see
this here (not with one listen), you cant tell if it's this
world that we are looking at. (maybe the artwork on the
floor is confusing me) The complex and layered abstract
music (and vocals) reminds me of a fever, you know when you
are very ill and you cant think straight, you have a million
and one thoughts just rushing around your head and you cant
pick one out.
The album is designed to take you somewhere, to show you
something... its almost as though the album was built around
something else.... a story???? I could be very wrong, its
hard to work out.... i need to listen more. Experimental?
ohh yes. Gee, Jonny had a field day i think, and Nigel must
have had fun (worked hard). I remember reading a Massive
Attack interview about the recording of Mezzanine, they were
talking about how they constructed musical tracks by using
cut/paste and loop on computers instead of actually writing
...... This is what KID A sounds like. As though Radiohead
have sampled themselves in the studio. Sparse lyrics
too..... lots of repeating here.........
Radiohead will lose fans with KID A, i think... maybe. This
isn't guitar rock, far from it. It seems as tho the band are
closer to their modern day idols, Alphex Twin in the main i
think. They are taking risks, experimenting, trying, pushing
the boundaries..... KID A is an amazing experience..... its
impossible to listen to any of these tracks and feel like
you've heard anything like it before.
A fantastic album. Amazing. And to think that we still have
great tracks to come... Where are "you and whos army" ?
"Egyptian song" ? "Dollars and Cents" ????
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