The Bends

~ Release group by Radiohead

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Bends CD 14 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-8489 4988006704794
The Bends CD 12 Parlophone 7243 8 29626 2 5 724382962625
The Bends 12" Vinyl 12 Parlophone PCS 7372 724382962618
The Bends CD 12 Parlophone CDPCS 7372 724382962625
The Bends (Pinkpop Edition) 2×CD 12 + 5 Parlophone 724385213526, 7243 8 52135 2 6, 7243 8 52136 2 5 724385213625
The Bends CD 12 EMI Music Canada, Parlophone 7243 8 29626 2 5 7247382962625
The Bends CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 8 29626 2 5 724382962625
The Bends CD 12 Parlophone 7423 8 29626 2 5 724382962625
The Bends CD 12 EMI Music Canada, Parlophone CDP 529626 77749921148302
The Bends CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 7243 8 29626 2 5 724382962625
The Bends (unknown) 13
The Bends CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. CDP 7243 9 29626 2 5, D-108299 [none]
The Bends CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 529626
The Bends CD 12 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-70472 4988006860612
The Bends CD 14 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-53833 4988006846326
The Bends 12" Vinyl 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7243 8 29626 1 8
The Bends 2×CD + DVD-Video 12 + 21 + 22 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Abbey Road Interactive, Parlophone RHEADCDX 2 5099969361722
The Bends (Special collector’s edition) 2×CD 12 + 21 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) RHEADCD 2 5099969361425
The Bends (Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition) 2×CD 12 + 21 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 50999 6 93614 2 5 5099969361425
The Bends 2×CD 12 + 21 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-70713, TOCP-70714 4988006871465
The Bends 2×CD + DVD-Video 12 + 21 + 22 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-70725~26 4988006871496
The Bends 2×CD 12 + 21 EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint) TOCP-70725, TOCP-70726 4988006871496
The Bends Digital Media 12 634904078065
The Bends 12" Vinyl 12 XL Recordings XLLP780 634904078010

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Keith Wozencroft
dedicated to: Bill Hicks (US comedian)
associated singles/EPs: Bones
Fake Plastic Trees
High & Dry
High & Dry / Planet Telex
Just
My Iron Lung
My Iron Lung
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
The Bends
included in: 5 Album Set (Pablo Honey / The Bends / OK Computer / Kid A / Amnesiac)
Album Box Set
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 111)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000628195 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/17008 [info]
Wikidata: Q221246 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Radiohead:The_Bends_(1995) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/radiohead/the_bends/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/f8p2 [info]

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Thom Yorke and his band of merry men have taken the musical landscape and toyed, spliced and even at times mollycoddled it. Where most bands pick a path and stick to it, the Oxford five-piece have danced over and beyond various musical landscapes, carving out a unique hollow for others to marvel at. But before they achieved such a status, Radiohead had some establishing to do.

At a time when the main argument in the music industry was Blur vs. Oasis, Radiohead were following up their debut Pablo Honey with a more progressive move towards the largely unpopular art rock movement. The Bends sounded different. Why? It had subtle creativity at its core. Producer John Leckie, who also produced Pink Floyd, gave the band an unprecedented freedom of expression and the band had more than enough ability to take the ball and run...

The first track Planet Telex feels genuinely refreshing even thirteen years later. Further on, High and Dry and Fake Plastic Trees are simply acoustic treats – stirring and poignant. Bones swiftly picks up the mood before Just blows most of the previous tracks out of the water, with the gain whacked up to ten and '90s guitar solos aplenty. Street Spirit (Fade Out), although notoriously downbeat contains one of the most recognizable guitar riffs in musical history. Accompany that with haunting harmonies and a string section and it all amounts to a stunning finish to the album.

Popular opinion places OK Computer as Radiohead's finest release to date, yet the The Bends was where they really put themselves firmly into the public consciousness. On the title track, Yorke sings, ''where do we go from here?'' like he didn't have a plan...Luckily for us, he had a pretty good one.