READERS POLL 2000
Radiohead win nearly everything but the mean stuff (Fred sweeps those). You can't take Britney, but you'd do her. You love and hate Eminem, and you'd like to see Florida secede from the union. And, as always, you've got beef with us.
LAST YEAR: Second most-missed artist
CAMPAIGN WAGED: Brilliant advertising strategy of non-advertising (except for print ads); Make no long-form videos; air entire record during “listening party” on MTV2; refuse to send review copies to critics but serendipitously find entire album has been leaked on Napster, which helps people get used to complicated yet astounding sound
MANIFESTO: “We operate like the U.N. I'm America.” - Thom Yorke
2ND PLACE: PEARL JAM Warhorses of grunge era expertly avoid glue factory
3RD PLACE: NINE INCH NAILS Release gleefully bitchy video with repentant protégé (note: The Fragile was '99)
BEST LIVE ACT
CAMPAIGN: Play just two midsize, industry-heavy American shows, and put tickets on sale at last minute for the New York City date; later, have renegade members play an impromptu acoustic set at a tiny club to confused patrons, news of which spreads like a miraculous vision; concentrate on hard-to-reach demographics by touring Greece and Israel
MANIFESTO: “I never wanted to be in a fucking rock group.” - Yorke
2ND PLACE: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Sammy Hagar holding on line one!
3RD PLACE: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND UVA, khaki pants, domestic beer, olé!
CAMPAIGN: This one rocks. Kind of
MANIFESTO: “I can see the dinosaurs stepping over the mountains every time I sing that song. AII-powerful, utterly invincible, wreaking destruction… Kalashnikovs... faceless, nameless...” - Yorke
2ND PLACE: U2, “Beautiful Day” Geezers drop techno crutches, get happy
3RD PLACE: (tie) Deftones, “Change (In the House of Flies)” Shoo, fly, shoo!; A Perfect Circle, “Judith” Maynard James Keenan's epic paean to Who's the Boss? star Judith light surprisingly resonant
RADIOHEAD, Kid A
CAMPAIGN: Get rid of guitars, time signatures; embrace "trust in the producer as secret member" credo; make sure at least one member is utterly confused and on the verge of quitting at all times; finish masterpiece, then almost disband over sequencing
MANIFESTO: "Thom didn't know exactly what he wanted the record to be... but he did know what he didn’t want it to be." - Ed O'Brien
2ND PLACE: PEARL JAM, Binaural Featuring a title that sounds like a painful, highly invasive medical procedure
3RD PLACE: EMINEM, The MarshaIl Mathers LP Featuring a title that sounds like artist's real name!
STUFF THE ARTISTS LIKEBEGINNING WITH A PORTAL INTO THE MINDS OF RADIOHEAD
THOM YORKE, SINGER
1. Autechre, LP5 Because nobody else in the whole world has made anything this year that sounds even close to this record. It sounds exactly like the daily chaos in my brain. It is a deeply troubling record, but comforting. It sounds like somebody rummaging through the bin and finding shiny paper and fake jewelry then going out dressed in nothing except that.
2. Clinic, Internal Wrangler Because it contains a feeling more violent than anything you can do with poxy fucking Marshall stacks. Not because the guitars are loud but because of what's going on in their heads. It sounds like your coked-up uncle shouting at you through a cheap karaoke machine with the reverb turned up full. It's the son of music I'd love to send through the speakers at one of those New York charity gala events. Or the Oscars, maybe, at permanent hearing-damage levels. Because some of the band are still music teachers and the kids in the schools hate their music.
3. Broadcast, The Noise Made by People Because they write songs without having to strum guitars and sound so worried all the time. Trish Keenan's voice is neutral but what she sings about is not. It's a girlie record, very sensual, slinky. Because they are stuck in a time warp-the sound of '70s wife-swapping parties with beanbags and unhappy children serving sausages on sticks. And it's pop.
4. Sigur Rós, Ágætis Byrjun Because I can't sing that high. They are so romantic in a year of cynical emptiness. And it sounds like fresh linen on your bed or sitting in a land Rover in frozen wastes with the heater blowing.
5. Various artists, Split series 1-8: FatCat Compilation Because this contains the best 12-inch of 1999. Definitely not soft or ambient, 'cause it's far too frightening and bitter, like lemon juice or salt water that causes the metal on your car to rust. Samplers singing more delicately and confused than any human could. And when the rhythm breaks away and leaves you hanging for sooo long then comes back – oh. That's the point when [Kid A producer] Nigel Godrich would always run in the room like an excited kid going, “Wow! What's this?" And I'd tell him, but he'd forget, so I bought him this record.
ED O'BRIEN, GUITAR
1. Roots Manuva, Brand New Second Hand Although not strictly released in the schmillennium; I think it was 1999 that it hit the shelves. A fantastic British rap record. Mr. Manuva has an awesome voice.
2. GoIdfrapp, Felt Mountain I've only just bought it and spun it a couple of times, but already it's a classic. A debut record and, unbelievably, largely recorded in a bedroom.
3. Madredeus, Antologia I'm not usually a fan of greatest-hits albums, but this is the exception. Saw them live in London in the summer – without doubt, the most emotional gig I've ever been to. Get O Paraiso if you can, which was their last studio album.
4. Clinic, lnternal Wrangler This lot played with us on tour, and, again, it's a debut album. Reminds me of the directness of the Pixies.
5. Doves, Lost Souls Frighteningly good for a first record. Definitely one to "inhale” to.
6. Roni Size/Reprazent, In the Mode Apparently they're as good live as on record. Scary. One for Friday, Saturday night, and Sunday morning.
COLIN GREENWOOD, BASS
1. SHD, Travelog
2. Magnetic Ftelcls, 69 Love Songs (technically '99)
3. Lali Puna, Tridecoder “Rapariga da Banheira!”
4. Karol Szymanowski: King Roger, Symphony No. 4-Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Hampson
5. Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul, Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul Rerelease of the year.
JONNY GREENWOOD, GUITAR
1. Various artists, OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music 1948-80 Where electronic sound began. Includes Ondes Martenot music by Messiaen and Paul Lansky (who we sampled for our song “Idioteque”).
2. Clinic, Clinic Addictive listening.
3. Olivier Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise - Kent Nagano/Halle Orchestra with Arnold Schoenberg Choir, featuring Jose van Dam and Dawn Upshaw First-ever recording of this, released this year. Because his music has colors in it.
4. Art Ensemble of Chicago, Les Stances a Sophie Perfect blend of free jazz and soul-funk.
5. Deltron 3030, Deltron 3030 Because they make music with music like no one else can.
PHIL SELWAY, DRUMS
1. Clinic, lnternal Wrangler I've not bought many new records this year, but I have heard some great music. Clinic are proof of this.
2. Asian Dub Foundatfon, Community Music One of the most powerful live acts I've seen. I usually cringe when bands take such an overtly political stance, but not in this case.
3. Laika, Good Looking Blues We had the great pleasure of touring with Laika this summer. This album has some of the most mesmerizing grooves I've heard all year.
4. Björk, Selmasongs: Music From the Motion Picture Dancer in the Dark Björk's music never ceases to fascinate me. The appearance of Thom on this record has in no way influenced my choice.
5. PJ Harvey, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea Oops - Thom again. Oh well. He has worked with some great people this past year. Bastard.