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[Ed:] "The only real difference between 'OK Computer' and 'The Bends is 'The Bends' felt completed and this album doesn't."
"Yeah," says Phil, suddenly awaking from soundbite slumber. "'The Bends' was like 'Star Wars'- a neat, separate entity with lots of explosions but not much plot And 'OK Computer' is the Empire Strikes Back, more ambitious, more complex, with more loose ends, but ultimately much better.'
He pauses to admire this analogy, until spotting its fatal flaw. 'Our next album won't be 'Return Of The Jedi' though,' he adds, hastily. 'Because that was rubbish."
"And 'Pablo Honey' was actually something like 'Battlestar Galactica'," chips in Colin. 'A low-budget, poor quality version of the real thing.'
“People have been leaping on the technology side of the album a lot, calling it futuristic, which has always baffled us, because it’s all about neon lights and airbags and plane crashes or whatever. It’s not particularly futuristic. I don’t know. Pick a song.”
OK, “Subterranean Homesick Alien” then… but oh dear, it only leads to a long-winded, three-way ramble taking in “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”, “Star Wars”, the Pixies, Philip K Dick, and the industrial revolution which nobody appears to enjoy at all. Such are the pitfalls of making meaningful rock music.