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Radiohead's Hail To The Thief: damning Bush and the system

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 1856

Radiohead's new album has caused a stir in the music press. Radiohead are immensely popular. Hail To The Thief sold over 60,000 copies in Britain in the first two days of its release. They are also highly political. Lead singer Thom Yorke denounced the war on Iraq. The band support campaigns against Third World debt and in defence of asylum seekers.

The title of the new album is a reference to George W Bush's stolen election victory in 2000. The opening track '2 tube 2 station 5' satirises Bush's crazy logic. The album is about much more than George Bush though. Its ominous, bleak music and lyrics reflect a world gone mad affecting everyone and everything. The song 'Myxomatosis' bitterly attacks the corruption and inhumanity of politicians.

Radiohead have moved on from the indie rock of their early days. The music is much more experimental now. Their last two albums have been heavily influenced by electronic music. Hail To The Thief is a return to a more guitar-based music. Radiohead strike a chord because millions of people are dissatisfied with their own lives and the priorities of the system. If you want to listen to some thought-provoking music, get this album.


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Sat 21 Jun 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1856
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