Radiohead — Subterranean Homesick Alien
Album: OK Computer
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Released: 1997
Length: 4:20
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The breath of the morning, I keep forgetting
The smell of the warm summer air
I live in a town where you can't smell a thing
You watch your feet for cracks in the pavement

Up above, aliens hover making home movies
For the folks back home
Of all these weird creatures who lock up their spirits
Drill holes in themselves and live for their secrets

They're all uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight

I wish that they'd swoop down in a country lane
Late at night when I'm driving
Take me on board their beautiful ship
Show me the world as I'd love to see it

I'd tell all my friends but they'd never believe me
They'd think that I'd finally lost it completely
I'd show them the stars and the meaning of life
They'd shut me away
But I'd be all right, all right
I'm all right, all right

I'm just uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
Uptight, uptight
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 coloradojohn wrote:
The intensity is too much for some, but there really is electronic, sonic, & semantic magic going on in this and many Radiohead songs.

 
No. The main culprit isn't the music but his "odd" voice, to say at the very least. Simply put, when I hear him, my hand does PSD for me.
The intensity is too much for some, but there really is electronic, sonic, & semantic magic going on in this and many Radiohead songs.


Going good with my Ginger Kombucha and chocolate.
A little bit overplayed, IMO
Then I'm radio and, then I'm television.
Rumor now is new album will be released in June - fingers crossed!
 Skydog wrote:
i'm not knocking Yorke's vocals, plenty has been said about that
but wouldn't it be great to listen to this album without the lead vocals
maybe keep the background vocals 

 
I'm uncertain whether you asked a question or not. If you did, my answer is NO!
i'm not knocking Yorke's vocals, plenty has been said about that
but wouldn't it be great to listen to this album without the lead vocals
maybe keep the background vocals 
Probably my favorite Radiohead song.
2 good songs on this album..the rest is forgettable and i really did try to like it !{#Frustrated}
  YESSS !!! {#Cheers}
This was the one that hooked me, and not just because of the titular nod to Dylan.  Couldn't stand Creep, but a good friend sent me a Maxell C90 with The Bends on one side and OK Computer on the other, along with a request to give them another chance.  They've done great work since, but OKC remains their masterpiece to date (and The Bends their best 'guitar' album).
                                Neil, an alien.
                     Jackpot,Cracks in the pavement.
             My memory is short, and my fuse at he fire side.
                And I need to find what to do with the money.


 Jelani wrote:
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?

 
No, but that's a fine suggestion for next up.
dammit I just totally love this, absolutely beautiful.. {#Music}
Thanks for knocking me off my ordinary, everyday path.
Thanks a lot.
lots of radiohead the last days.
more than usually.
fits my mood...
thanks!!
 BBoyes wrote:

Worked for me.

 
One of THE best albums ever made - numerous journalists would/do agree.  Not that that means much necessarily but relevant probably!
this track is growing on me - don't know much Radiohead stuff, only those tracks played on here!
 Kaw wrote:

I don't do drugs. Drugs are bad. Baaaaaad.
But 2 beers in a quiet and lonesome place works too in my experience.

 
Yes agree, beer is a beautiful drug, sometimes.
"Hell I'd go."

-- Dan Hicks 
... was waiting for Radiohead...
{#Notworthy}
best in class
 dragon1952 wrote:
I will buy this based on this track.

 
Worked for me.
I will buy this based on this track.
 caatgrrrl wrote:
Ok computer must be listened to in full.  Preferably stoned.  The beginning of the end of the album.
 
I don't do drugs. Drugs are bad. Baaaaaad.
But 2 beers in a quiet and lonesome place works too in my experience.
Ok computer must be listened to in full.  Preferably stoned.  The beginning of the end of the album.
I love this song, love hearing Radiohead on the radio.  This album would be my favourite of theirs.
 averybadcat wrote:
if i listen to this one my whole weekend will evaporate. preemptive PSD
 
Is this a bad thing?
if i listen to this one my whole weekend will evaporate. preemptive PSD
does anybody hear some YES from the album Tormato, specifically the song Arriving UfO
The flow from PT to this was sooo smoooooth.  Thanks Bill!
 ick wrote:
I don't often listen to Radiohead, but when I do I listen to "OK Computer".  Stay weird my friends.

 
ha, you got that right..
I love songs that take me on a trip. 10.
 fedtho wrote:

I guess I'm finally starting to get your thing, Lazarus... After reading about 99 of your comments stating
"Everybody in my church loves this song... we be dancing..."
...or ANY possible combination of the first and the second half PLUS a lot of others I can't recall right now
{#Bounce},

I finally discover the very first variation on your Mantras with a dozen words used in other heavily RE-occuring combinations.

I'm guessing (just guessing, right?) that if you combine all your elemental praising formulas in one single comment,
you must REALLY be into that song (as opposed to ALL the others you just 'like (a lot?)'...?) - which is cool, because I am too {#Cool}

Now if I'm completely besides the point, anyone please explain Lazarus' heart to me, I'd be really grateful {#Daisy}

 
No, you are spot on. I think???
I don't often listen to Radiohead, but when I do I listen to "OK Computer".  Stay weird my friends.
 rdo wrote:

Singing on key is what you want?  Try Bruno Mars.   This is the big leagues, buddy.  Take that bush league crap outta here.  You are not living up to your handle "King of art"

 
Kinda mean and unnecessary.
Green ink does not flow in my veins, so I  find this just average.
The lyrics are good, and delivery quite good - but it's the music and its production. Atmospheric but structured. That great 3/4 sway to it.
 Lazarus wrote:

Speaking honestly from my heart and kidneys, all I humbly ask for from everybody on the planet is unbridled unabated unquestioning unconditional adulation and worship...  considering how humble and special I am, is that too much to ask??

Hope life is grand for you right now, fedtho...

this song is marvelous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves it...

 
all i want is (are) anchovies on my Caesar... and. apparently, that's often too much to ask
 Lazarus wrote:

Speaking honestly from my heart and kidneys, all I humbly ask for from everybody on the planet is unbridled unabated unquestioning unconditional adulation and worship...  considering how humble and special I am, is that too much to ask??

Hope life is grand for you right now, fedtho...

this song is marvelous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves it...

 
Seems reasonable. Enjoy.
 fedtho wrote:

I guess I'm finally starting to get your thing, Lazarus... After reading about 99 of your comments stating
"Everybody in my church loves this song... we be dancing..."
...or ANY possible combination of the first and the second half PLUS a lot of others I can't recall right now
{#Bounce},

I finally discover the very first variation on your Mantras with a dozen words used in other heavily RE-occuring combinations.

I'm guessing (just guessing, right?) that if you combine all your elemental praising formulas in one single comment,
you must REALLY be into that song (as opposed to ALL the others you just 'like (a lot?)'...?) - which is cool, because I am too {#Cool}

Now if I'm completely besides the point, anyone please explain Lazarus' heart to me, I'd be really grateful {#Daisy}
 
Speaking honestly from my heart and kidneys, all I humbly ask for from everybody on the planet is unbridled unabated unquestioning unconditional adulation and worship...  considering how humble and special I am, is that too much to ask??

Hope life is grand for you right now, fedtho...


this song is marvelous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves it...
 ShaunJ wrote:
Jelani wrote:
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?

 
Nope, but if you try hard enough you will probably convince yourself {#Cheesygrin}



 
Too funny.  

I don't even see any of the Beatles psychedelic era in this song.  Certainly not obvious to me.
Jelani wrote:
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?

 
Nope, but if you try hard enough you will probably convince yourself {#Cheesygrin}


 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
I guess I'm finally starting to get your thing, Lazarus... After reading about 99 of your comments stating
"Everybody in my church loves this song... we be dancing..."
...or ANY possible combination of the first and the second half PLUS a lot of others I can't recall right now
{#Bounce},

I finally discover the very first variation on your Mantras with a dozen words used in other heavily RE-occuring combinations.

I'm guessing (just guessing, right?) that if you combine all your elemental praising formulas in one single comment,
you must REALLY be into that song (as opposed to ALL the others you just 'like (a lot?)'...?) - which is cool, because I am too {#Cool}

Now if I'm completely besides the point, anyone please explain Lazarus' heart to me, I'd be really grateful {#Daisy}
 MassivRuss wrote:

The opening hook? That's it? That's all there is to this number. One 10 second hook. Then Yorke opens his mouth. And the song's ideas end.

 
You forgot to qualify that...'in your opinion'.

There. sorted.
 moodfood wrote:
the intro to this song never gets old, always puts me in the right place... {#Music}

 
The opening hook? That's it? That's all there is to this number. One 10 second hook. Then Yorke opens his mouth. And the song's ideas end.
Does anyone else hear Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in this?
 kingart wrote:
For once, I unreservedly like a RH cut. The band is rocking and not trying to stay out of a black vortex. And I don't mind that Yorke just can't sing on key.  

 
Singing on key is what you want?  Try Bruno Mars.   This is the big leagues, buddy.  Take that bush league crap outta here.  You are not living up to your handle "King of art"