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Radiohead's 'The Bends' and the Escape from Alternative Nation

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.

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Too Smart to Be Naive, Too Young to Be Jaded: 'The Bends' and Teen Angst

Even teenagers two decades removed from The Bends' original release can still find deep emotional connections to its depiction of isolation and dissatisfaction.

Amulya Tadimety
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"Where Do We Go from Here?" 'The Bends' of the 20th Century and Beyond

The Bends is the 20th century's identity emerging under pressure, forced to search bleakly for some form of cohesion among an increasingly artificial and commercial world.

Brian Schmitt
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The Annotated Guide to the Music Videos of Radiohead's 'The Bends'

With The Bends Radiohead left an impressive music video legacy, one that would extend to later masterpieces such as OK Computer.

Marcus Smith
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Weird Fruit: Jonny Greenwood’s Creative Contribution to 'The Bends'

Jonny Greenwoods' musical achievements on The Bends represent as far as he was ever going to get by limiting himself to channelling his ideas through his guitar.

Neil Barrett
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Sonic Bloom: The Lackluster Reception Turned Lasting Reputation of 'The Bends'

No matter how many times someone writes that Radiohead and The Bends “changed the face of music” in 1995, the retail and radio numbers tell a different story.

Will Hodge
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On Experiencing 'The Bends' As a First-Time Listener

With The Bends having such strong cultural and critical preconceptions behind it, hearing the album from the perspective of a new lister can help cut through the pre-ordained narrative.

Dan Derks
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All Things Reconsidered: Radiohead's 'The Bends' (20th Anniversary)

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.

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Between the Grooves of Radiohead's 'The Bends'

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.


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