The Bends

~ Release group by Radiohead

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The BendsCD14
  • JP1995-03-08
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-84894988006704794
The Bends (repress)12" Vinyl12
  • GB1995-03-13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)PCS 7372724382962618
The BendsCD12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 8 29626 2 5, CDPCS 7372724382962625
The Bends (Pinkpop Edition)2×CD12 + 5
  • GB1995-03-13
  • NL1996-05
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)724385213526, 7243 8 52135 2 6, 7243 8 52136 2 5724385213625
The BendsCD12
  • CA1995-04-04
EMI Music Canada, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 8 29626 2 57247382962625
The BendsCD12
  • US1995-04-04
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7243 8 29626 2 5724382962625
The BendsCD12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7423 8 29626 2 5724382962625
The BendsCD12
EMI Music Canada, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 52962677749921148302
The Bends (1st press)12" Vinyl12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 8 29626 1 8, PCS 7372724382962618
The Bends (made in Holland)CD12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7243 8 29626 2 5724382962625
The BendsCD12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)7243 8 29626 2 5724382962625
The Bends(unknown)13
The BendsCD12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.CDP 7243 9 29626 2 5, D-108299[none]
The BendsCassette12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TCPCS 7372724382962649
The BendsCD12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 529626
The BendsCD14
  • JP2008-06-11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-538334988006846326
The Bends12" Vinyl12
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)7243 8 29626 1 8
The Bends2×CD + DVD-Video12 + 21 + 22
  • XE2009-03-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Abbey Road Interactive, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)RHEADCDX 25099969361722
The Bends (special collector’s edition)2×CD12 + 21
  • GB2009-03-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)RHEADCD 25099969361425
The Bends (Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition)2×CD12 + 21
  • US2009-03-24
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)50999 6 93614 2 55099969361425
The Bends2×CD12 + 21
  • JP2009-04-01
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-707144988006871465
The Bends2×CD + DVD-Video12 + 21 + 22
  • JP2009-04-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-70725~264988006871496
The Bends2×CD12 + 21
  • JP2009-04-01
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-707264988006871496
The BendsDigital Media12
  • XW2016-04-01
634904078065
The Bends12" Vinyl12
  • XE2016-06-03
XL RecordingsXLLP780634904078010

Relationships

artist & repertoire support:Keith Wozencroft
dedicated to:Bill Hicks (US comedian)
associated singles/EPs:Bones
Fake Plastic Trees
High & Dry
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
Radiohead Box
part of:The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 15) (order: 15)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 85) (order: 85)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 111) (order: 111)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 276) (order: 275)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/17008 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Radiohead:The_Bends_(1995) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/f8p2 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/radiohead/the_bends/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000628195 [info]
Wikidata:Q221246 [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.