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Radiohead Season 38 by Stanley Donwood

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As one of the most celebrated alternative rock groups of the past two decades, Radiohead’s musical legacy is undisputed. The band’s progressive sound and experimental structures have come to define them as masters of innovation in modern rock music, while speaking to the social and political climate of an entire generation. Their global success has resulted in numerous Grammys and a spot on Rolling Stone‘s “The Greatest Artists of All Time” list.

Throughout their long years together, Radiohead’s evolution from the ashes of 90s alternative rock has propelled them to explore more abstract and provocative techniques that set them apart from other bands. The group’s 1992 debut single “Creep,” followed by 1995′s The Bends, elevated the band to mainstream popularity among modern rock fans. However, 1997′s OK Computer brought them to greater acclaim and proved to be a landmark album for both the band and alternative music. Since then, Radiohead’s departure from conventional guitar/drum-based music has contributed to the group’s critical and chart success with the release of eight studio albums to date.

In 2011, Radiohead self-released The King Of Limbs, which relied heavily on sampling their own recordings. Singer Thom Yorke told NPR, “[The King Of Limbs] is sort of a visual thing more than anything else. The images were a very important part of the music. Lyrics were…it wasn’t conscious thematics. It was like physical movements…wildness ideas. Ideas of mutating, of creatures. Environmental worries in my head have become this weird obsession.” The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard charts and was praised as “a fans-pleasing eighth album from Britain’s most consistently brilliant band” (BBC Music) and “a record that grew all year – in your room, and onstage” (Rolling Stone).

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