Friday, April 17 2015
Three unique takes on tracks from The Bends, spanning the stripped-down acoustic to the full-fledged orchestral, represent how these songs still have the power to stun two decades later.
Tuesday, April 14 2015
In the eyes of critics, can David Lynch ever make a bad film? Or Kanye West a bad album?
Monday, April 13 2015
While OK Computer is important in its own right, The Bends transformed Radiohead from being a potentially indistinguishable Alternative Nation contributor to a band who has redefined the term "rock" for the past two decades.
Wednesday, April 8 2015
In jumping forward from the lackluster Pablo Honey, Radiohead finally started becoming the Radiohead that is idolized today.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
The Bends was the genesis of Radiohead’s perceptive, forward-thinking tendencies, which would go on to inspire countless musicians in myriad ways.
Thursday, March 26 2015
Even teenagers two decades removed from The Bends' original release can still find deep emotional connections to its depiction of isolation and dissatisfaction.
Monday, March 23 2015
With one album Radiohead left an impressive music video legacy, one that would extend to later masterpieces such as OK Computer.
Monday, March 16 2015
The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.
Monday, March 9 2015
The Bends is 12 songs, perfectly arranged, each running three to five minutes. Together they form the blueprint on which so many rock bands owe their entire careers, particularly those in the alternative rock fold.
PopMatters begins its look back at Radiohead's The Bends today. Here we examine The Bends track by track, examining it from angles spanning the cultural to the theoretical.