By Séamus Smyth

5. High and Dry

Don’t bail, don’t ditch, call if you can’t make it, “High and Dry” carries a universal message; There are few betrayals greater than being left out in the cold.

4. Fake Plastic Trees

A phony, platonic world where even nature appears to be lacking in authenticity is addressed in Radiohead’s classic, “Fake Plastic Trees.” Has this lack of legitimacy managed to infect even the most wholesome of women? She certainly is portrayed as a model of truths, but it is of course beneath this immaculate skin where the necessary answers will be revealed.

3. Creep

It’s a secret desire that very few dare to utter out loud – “I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul.”  It is a request suited for the prayers of a Greek God, yet one that all mortals can relate to.  It is difficult to justify our thoughts, our actions and sometimes the painful reality of our mediocrity. This was supposed to be Radiohead’s 15 minutes of fame, but they instead took their unrelenting persecution to whole new heights in the years to follow.

2. Everything in its Right Place

This is not just an introduction to an album, but a pulsating welcome mat to a completely re-engineered career. Every sound, every painful belt from Thom Yorke sounds precisely where it is supposed to be like a glow-in-the-dark Rubik’s cube somehow manipulated by Radiohead’s freakish ability to always reach musical perfection.

1. All I Need  

A beautifully desperate track that fuses the pining of not just male for female or female for male, but of how an insect cries out for light or how a dog begs to be released from a hot car. Radiohead are wizards when it comes to experiencing a traditional emotion but then rattling it of all recognition and putting their own spell on the subject. “All I Need” is their attempt at being normal – yet even a concept that the most shallow of pop stars manage to achieve, Radiohead find it impossible to fall into a puddle of predictability. They no longer strive to be unique or above the set standards, as it appears to be embedded in their musical DNA.