Radiohead — Optimistic
Album: Kid A
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:49
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Flies are buzzing round my head
Vultures circling the dead
Picking up every last crumb
The big fish eat the little ones
Big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some

You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

This one's optimistic
This one went to market
This one just came out of the swamp
This one drops a payload
Fodder for the animals
Living on animal farm

You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

I'd really like to help you, man
I'd really like to help you, man
Nervous messed up marionettes
Floating around on a prison ship

You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
Comments (213)add comment
Man! What an amazing track! {#Bounce}
For me it is The Bendz, OK Computer and KID A. Three sublime albums in a row, peaking with the disturbing, creative weirdness of KID A.  Nothing after that comes close.
He's still whining - I just can't get past that thin, querulous, out-of-tune noise he makes with his mouth. I get that that's his gimmick - it just doesn't work for me.
Any tune that the first time you hear it, you are obsessed with it and can't get it out of your head is a 10.
Whoehoooooooo 9 for me!
 eveliko wrote:
Have to confess I didn't like this band at all in their debut, but I find it's among the rare ones who are always getting better and mature with time, unlike the uncountable artists who made a great debut but unfortunately never confirmed. Thanks RP for helping me change my mind (and not only about Radiohead indeed).

 
This.

After really disliking them, then gradually starting to recognize the songs, then listening to OK Computer/Kid A - I really love those albums. Repeatedly, RP has turned me onto tunes I would've ignored otherwise, which is why I have them on my regular "support" list that not many things belong to.

I compare the Pablo Honey - OK - Kid - Amnesia series to Meddle - Dark Side - Wish You - Animals. 
Hey a rare Radiohead song I like that is neither from The Bends nor Pablo Honey.  Forgot about this one.
There should be In Limbo follow-up to Optimistic. It's just such a great transition it almost feels like one song to me.
This song jams well above Standard Orbit; sad some beg to whinge that it doesn't. As I suspect is the case with U2, some seem to make a conscious decision to hate x or y, (perhaps because some issues are being resonated, causing interference?); too bad. JAMIT
I understand the naysayers.  It took almost 10 years and repeated listens to 'get' RH.  Something clicked for me with IN RAINBOWS and now I just can't get enough!  My kids can tell when RP is playing RH.... the volume gets turned way up and the house starts resonating. {#Yell}
hanssachs
(Hawaii)
Posted: Jan 11, 2016 - 23:42
 

He's still whining ...

Johnny_Wave
(California, baby)
Posted: Jan 11, 2016 - 23:39
 

Annoying in the extreme.  PSD!


What they said.
Nothing against RP, it's a daily epiphany, and many of you guys like RH, have a blast. But for all the reasons anti-RH'ers cite, plus unintelligible lyrics and an aversion to optimism, they are in the pantheon of my almost-auto PSD, with Arcade Misfire, The Mehembrists, and a handful of others (which usually has more to do with having heard a particular track too many times after years of listening). 


He's still whining ...
Annoying in the extreme.  PSD!
 MassivRuss wrote:

Probably anything that PSD drops. Zeppelin, Shins, Pearl Jam, Santana, The Cure, Green Day,  Brubeck, Mingus, Patty Smith, Orbison, RP's great Mali & African collection, Air, Bach, Copland, and not a few discoveries thx to RP. See a pattern? Very wide musical taste - and RH offends all of them, except for a few riffs and hooks that quickly vanish under Yorke's dreadful voice and pointless arrangement.

Also, noticed your response addressed none of my musical complaints. It's all about the Mood, ooo. RH titling Anything "Optimism" is too pretentious to be ironic.
 
I'm right there with ya'. I love, or at least like, all that you mentioned.  However, Roy I can do without given his voice does not work for me at all (as Thom's does not for you).  Yes - I agree Roy has a much better voice technically, but too high pitch for my taste.  As far as your musical complaints....RH are brilliant musicians technically (period. I would say), and I get the "drone" of his voice is not for everyone.  Regardless, the emotional and in many cases Spiritual hook of their music (for me at least) is very powerful.  There is a reason so many other bands admire RH too.  Peace out.... 
 MassivRuss wrote:
Somebody please explain the transcendent genius of RH, cuz I'm just not getting it. Whingy vocals, droning, minimalist-for-minimalism's-sake arrangements. Bleh.

I try, I really do. It's on the RP hitlist, and Bill knows great music. But this is my automatic PSD cue. Will nobody call this crap "crap"? This emperor has no clothes.

(and ooo, bad English teeth too!)

 
Ive never understood the yanks fascination with English teeth.    is it genetic?  my old house was older than the US and so many americans are decended from here (UK) so there cannot be that much difference.    is it just bad care?  there was a time where all dental treatment was free, but most people pay something now. maybe thats it.   we dont have meth here so no meth mouth.  Or is it an american fascination with cosmetic surgery?   that is more likely.      But this is directed at Thom, so crooked teeth is just a case of not wearing braces, Ahh yes, the love of braces.   Thoms music must be so bad.   Let's not mention his lazy eye.      
 MassivRuss wrote:
Somebody please explain the transcendent genius of RH, cuz I'm just not getting it. Whingy vocals, droning, minimalist-for-minimalism's-sake arrangements. Bleh.

I try, I really do. It's on the RP hitlist, and Bill knows great music. But this is my automatic PSD cue. Will nobody call this crap "crap"? This emperor has no clothes.

(and ooo, bad English teeth too!)

 
You have bad teeth!  {#Cheesygrin}
whole album, dissonant, full of crunch and smooth, unsettling and just unlike anything before or after.  Radiohead is said to have had a hard time writing and recording it, Thom having a breakdown after.   I think it shows.  Like it or hate it, it is a fasciating recording.  8 for this track but a 10 for the cd overall.    also the last cd i bought from a record shop.   http://goo.gl/DJLSfh
Have to confess I didn't like this band at all in their debut, but I find it's among the rare ones who are always getting better and mature with time, unlike the uncountable artists who made a great debut but unfortunately never confirmed. Thanks RP for helping me change my mind (and not only about Radiohead indeed).
I love how this comes in jamming wicked guitars and drums, a bit like The Verve, and the lyrics, cryptic and tortured as usual, move me
 MassivRuss wrote:
Somebody please explain the transcendent genius of RH, cuz I'm just not getting it. Whingy vocals, droning, minimalist-for-minimalism's-sake arrangements. Bleh.

I try, I really do. It's on the RP hitlist, and Bill knows great music. But this is my automatic PSD cue. Will nobody call this crap "crap"? This emperor has no clothes.

(and ooo, bad English teeth too!)

 
Go and listen to OK Computer first, which is a more accessible album. (Do we even say "album" anymore? You know what I mean...)

Kid A makes more sense if you listen to it as a follow-up to OK Computer. From what I understand, Kid A was a deliberate departure from the more radio friendly rock sound of OK Computer. Hence more minimalistic and muddy arrangements, fewer pop hooks, more experimentation with electronic sounds. Like Radiohead or not, they are one of the few bands to achieve mainstream success that continue to push and evolve their sound rather than rehashing the same musical tropes album after album.