21 mai 1997 - Japon
13 juin 1997 - France, Nouvelle Zélande et Australie
16 juin 1997 - Angleterre
17 juin 1997 - Canada
1er juillet 1997 - États-Unis
Ed : It would've made more sense had we brought another record out between this one and the last one. If you paid close attention, the b-sides, like Lucky and Talk Show Host have documented that passage.
Colin : If you thought there were no singles on The Bends, you should hear this one!
Thom : Personally, I had the sound in my head, the sound of big glass shipping metals. The sound of all that is metal, chrome and white. (Meeting People Is Easy)
Phil : When we first delivered the album to Capitol, their first reaction was, more or less, 'Commercial suicide'. They weren't really into it. At that point, we got The Fear. How is this going to be received?
Thom : I spent a lot of time trying not to do voices like mine. The voices on Karma Police, Paranoid Android and Climbing up the Walls are all different personas. I think Lucky, the lyric and the way it's sung, is really positive, really exciting. No Surprises is someone who's trying hard to keep it together but can't. Electioneering is a preacher ranting in front of a bank of microphones.
Il fallait renvoyer à la maison de disque 3 stickers trouvable sur les éditions hollandaises des singles de Paranoid Android, Karma Police et No Surprises... grr.
Le CD1 est OK Computer, le CD2 est le single de Karma Police avec :
done by stanley donwood and the white chocolate farm.
additional complicated artwork skills supplied by matt bale @ hubdesign and mr. barry @ the whole hog.
Jonny: It's a mess really. One of the things we did was
trying to make Thom's voice sound different in every song, because he was getting
sick of the fact that he could sing about garden furniture and it would still
sound very passionate. But to me the album's more about speed and transport
rather than the future and technology. The title's not meant to summarise anything
and the songs are very transparent, it's very clear what they're about to me.
Jonny: I don't think it's that good an album, really, There are good songs on it but there are songs that just sound like dead ends, that sound like it's the last time we can do like that. I don't think we've finished yet.
Phil: People actually wanted this album from us, whereas people couldn't have cared less when we made The Bends.
Thom: I was really amazed of how people described the sound. Like the sound of Ed's guitar at the start of No Surprises or the way Airbag starts. One sounds like child's toy, the other sounds like a car accident. And for people to pick up on those things was a real fucking kick.
Thom : Paranoid Android is full of images of people that I saw in a pub the night before we went to the studio. Most lyrics on OK Computer are actually polaroids inside my head.
Thom: Most of the songs on this record are one performance, with virtually nothing changed but with months of analysis. Because of the instruments we used and because it was the same five people doing it, it has a cohesive sound.
Thom: When it started out it was great. Because we were convinced that the critics would pan it. But they did the exact opposite, which was really weird.
Ed: It was only last year that people got The Bends; it took a while for it to sink in, whereas this has been almost instant.
Colin: It's like a rollercoaster. You feel when you listen to the album you should have a safety belt.
Thom: Colin and I got into cooking during the recording of OKC. But all the things we cooked had to have pesto in. Colin always referred to it as the 'pesto slop'. It would taste great, though.. you know, idiot food. But a month after I moved out I ate some pesto and started feeling really sick. I haven't eaten it since.
Thom: After a few days, i think it was the fourth, actually, we began to really feel like we had a license this time around. We were getting back to that spontaneous, four track mentality that we had in the beginning. It was funny, we'd say to Nigel, 'can we go record in the garden?' and he'd say 'no!' and then i would say 'can i do vocals in the chimney?' and he would look at me and say, 'no!' he was really like a vague parental figure steering us in the right direction.
L'album devait être remixé en entier par Massive Attack, mais
le projet a été abandonné par manque de temps (le groupe
travaillait sur Mezzanine en même temps). Les deux groupes espèrent
toujours travailler ensemble dans le futur.
Thom : I think their manager gave them a kick up the ass and said can you finish your new album please?
Stanley, why Kid A?
Stanley Donwood : mmm. why OK Computer?
theyre all mad. (message board, 6 juillet 2000)
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