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BRISTOL FASHION




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Especially when [The Jesus and Mary Chain] unleash a version of ‘Happy When It Rains’ so superbly monolithic it pulls off the tricky double-whammy of making the Mary Chain sound like both the most debauched group on earth and the most clinical. “Follow that, upstarts,” they seem to be saying…



…And the astonishing thing is, RADIOHEAD do. During ‘The Bends’, you can almost see the realisation of their brilliance sweep through the crowd. The rest, of course, is hysteria.



“Anyone can do this shit, it’s easy,” hollers Thom as he dives headlong into a furious ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’. Rarely has a more blatant lie been told on national radio, for Radiohead are more obviously on the verge of greatness than any band since Nirvana. They already have fans with stadium-sized habits (hoisting lighters aloft, crowdsurfing during the quiet songs, screaming their devotion all over the gorgeous ‘Fake Plastic Trees’) and soon they’ll have the venues to match. Up, up and away…



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