Radiohead for Throw Back Thursday. From a concert recorded in Haarlem in the Netherlands on May 5, 1993 by the Netherlands Radio network VPRO, Radiohead in the middle of promoting their debut album, Pablo Honey. The debut album that put the band on the map and was a pivotal moment for a band slowly inching its way up since 1985. With the release of Pablo Honey the landscape changed – with the release of Creep as the initial single from the album – not only did the album reach 22 on the charts and go Platinum in the UK and U.S., Creep was one of their most popular and biggest selling records. It marked the beginning of what has become one of the most successful and innovative bands of the 90s and beyond.
Each successive album after the debut went higher in the charts; going from Platinum to double Platinum to quadruple Platinum – and each successive album has gained a bigger and bigger audience worldwide. And for a band with no signs of letting up, in 2017 – it’s an astonishing track record.
This concert, coinciding with the promotion for Pablo Honey conveys, even at a little over 30 minutes, just how remarkable Radiohead are – and have been.
Remember, this is the early 90s – we’re in the midst of Grunge, Britpop, Alternative, Experiment, Indie, Madchester and a host of other new genres and movements springing up all over the world. Many people have said the 90s were a pivotal time in music, and certainly one of the most energized since the 60s. Although many people would beg to differ, saying the 70s were just as pivotal and the 80s were just as innovative – the 90s have become one of the most varied decades for music.
And listening to this concert may remind you just how remarkable it all was.
Maybe it’s time to explore the 90s next week . . . . .
In the meantime . . . .