When Radiohead released their album Child A. On October 2, 2000, only a few music fans were prepared for it. Anyone who expects the band to follow suit after the 1997s OK computer would just be a replay of that earlier album, which was probably surprised when they hit play and heard the desperate synthesizer tune on “Everything In Its Right Place”.
Child A. has been recognized by critics as Radiohead’s best album and one of the greatest albums of all time. Here are some facts about the album that pitchfork Reviewer Brent DiCrescenzo described it as “an album that completely obliterates the way albums and Radiohead itself are viewed.”
1. Radiohead shied away from the guitar Child A..
Child A. isn’t entirely without a guitar, but the instrument is heavily downplayed, especially compared to the band’s previous albums. For a group of musicians with the combined playing talents of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Ed O’Brien, minimizing the guitar in favor of electronics was bold, if not a little reckless. Speak with Q.Yorke spoke to the instrument about his writer’s blockade.
“Every time I took a guitar I got the horror,” Yorke said. In the same interview, O’Brien said he wanted them to “have really good sounding guitars and do something really snappy” for the album. It’s pretty clear who won.
2. Child A. was recorded in different cities.
Listen Child A. I don’t exactly feel like touring Europe, but Radiohead recorded parts of the album in Paris, Copenhagen and Gloucestershire, England. Greenwood described the shot as “pretty blurry” in the first two towns before reaching the mansion in Gloucestershire known as Batsford Park. They had built a private studio, but it wasn’t finished until September 1999.
3. Radiohead’s sound was “warped” Child A..
Warp Records fans will hear the label’s influence right away Child A., especially the work of revered electronic artists Aphex Twin and Autechre. Yorke devoured both works by these artists after those of the band OK computer Tour was over. Warp has further shifted the framework for experimental / electronic artists, and acclaimed acts like Flying Lotus and Oneohtrix Point Never have joined them.
4th Child A. could have ended Radiohead.
Parlophone, Radiohead’s label, gave the band no deadline for the album to be completed. While this looks like it should have been reducing her stress levels, O’Brien said Q. that it actually added tension by making it difficult to focus on one thing. The band agreed to split up if they couldn’t be satisfied with a quality album. In February 2000, disputes over the route sequence almost led to their being resolved.
5. Child A. had no singles.
Even though Child A. has a reputation for being a somewhat challenging album. There are at least a few tracks that are catchy enough to work reasonably well as singles on an alternative rock station playlist. However, songs like “Idioteque” and “The National Anthem” did not receive any advanced release or music videos. Radiohead defied many expectations, including how albums should be advertised.
6th Child A. was one of the first streamable albums.
As you read this, you are probably listening to something on a music streaming service (maybe even) Child A.). In 2000, however, the idea of being able to legally listen to an album on your computer wasn’t new. Speaking to Grantland in 2015, Robin Sloan Bechtel, former managing director of Capitol Records, said that releasing the album weeks before it was physically available could result in strong sales. So Bechtel’s conjecture was also tested Child A.– and it paid off …
7th Child A. was Radiohead’s first number 1 album in the US
Child A. is the only Radiohead album to date that surpasses the USA Billboard Chart, and it eventually reached platinum status in the states, selling more than 1 million copies. It also topped the charts in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.
8. Thom Yorke called the week that Radiohead came out Saturday night live in favor of Child A. the “best week” of his life.
On October 14, 2000, Radiohead performed for the first time (so far) as Saturday night live‘s musical guest. Their appearance happened to match Child A. To be America’s number 1 album – a moment Yorke once described as the “best week” of his life.
9. Radiohead recorded enough material for us Child A. to fill two albums.
Radiohead’s release didn’t take long Amnesiacto her follow-up album Child A.. This is because they had the songs of theirs ready Child A. Meetings. Released in 2001, Amnesiac feels like an extension of both Child A. as well as his own creation.
10. Rolling Stone called Child A. the best album of the 2000s.
It doesn’t get much more iconic. In 2011, Rolling Stone released their list of the 100 best albums of the 2000s – with Child A. at the top, just before The Strokes Is that it. In their review of the album, the magazine wrote:
“Just 10 months into the beginning of the century, Radiohead had made the best album of the decade – by rebuilding rock itself with new foundations and a bleak but strong humanity. Yorke’s disgust for fame inspired the opposite beauty of ‘How to Disappear Completely ‘with his watery orchestration and his voice flickering within earshot, his electronically squashed pleading Child A. sounded like a baby stepping on a hard drive. “