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Pablo Honey [Explicit Lyrics]

Radiohead Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Radiohead created a rock grunge sound influenced by Nirvana and the Pixies in the nineties, with albums like Pablo Honey and The Bends. In the 2000s, they Merged electronica with abrasive guitar with Kid A and Amnesiac. They inspire the listener to be uplifted and reflective in equal measure. Their most critically acclaimed album, 1997's OK Computer, has been nominated as one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Radiohead Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UR7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. You 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Creep 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. How Do You? 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stop Whispering 5:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Thinking About You 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Anyone Can Play Guitar 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ripcord 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vegetable 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prove Yourself 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Can't 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lurgee 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Blow Out 4:400.99  Buy MP3 

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It's that old story: unknown British band gets an American hit single, gets huge off the back of that one song, and the success ends up destroying them. Fortunately, Oxford quintet Radiohead were the exception that proves the rule. Radiohead's albatross was "Creep"--a titanic anthem to paranoia, self-hatred and self-obsession, utterly huge in every way. Pablo Honey, though, is much more than filler. "Anyone Can Play Guitar" is certainly as good as "Creep"; swathed in walls of feedback, it races blindly into a apocalyptic chorus, frontman Thom Yorke singing "As the world turns and as London burns, I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar." Certainly, indie-rock seldom got better than this, and elsewhere "Vegetable" and "Prove Yourself" pulled similar pyrotechnical tricks. Pablo Honey was later superseded by first The Bends, and later OK Computer, but it's certainly much more than a curious debut. --Louis Pattison

BBC Review

Oxfordshire's best-known musical export have been voicing the angst of an inarticulate generation for the last fifteen years, kicking off with Pablo Honey, their exploration of suburban, adolescent self-awareness. Released when the boys still glistened with the sheen of an expensive private education and set against the more mature redneck, white bread, blue-collar roar of Nirvana, Radiohead's intelligent, delicate take on the loud/soft, quick/slow language of grunge appeared spineless and effete until Creep was released and set the record straight.

Massively backed by UK 'indie' radio, the single became a hit in the slacker student community, and simultaneously established the band as serious musicians, with interesting points to make and hefty musical skills with which to drive them home.

The band's apparent overnight success came after years of dedication (even keeping in touch while away at various universities) and endless free time spent in rehearsal. They'd toughened up and tightened their sound on the road before setting out to make the album, and had grown the confidence to expand ideas across lengthy instrumental breaks that other new kids in the studio might fear to try.

It all resulted in a stunning blend that combined the best aspects of prog rock (challenging lyrics, deft chord changes, novelty time signatures and so forth) with the plaintiveness of bedsit singer song-writing and the sound of expensive equipment thrashed at by experts. Though later albums were better received, this remains one of rock's most impressive debuts. --Al Spicer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduce Yourself to the Band of Genius 29 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to Radiohead through their album "The Bends" which I initially thought was a load of noise interspersed with a male vocal that I found myself unable to switch off from. I was not even a rock fan at the time - a load of noise, lots of shouting, so what on earth was all the fuss about?
I then bought a second-hand copy of Pablo Honey - unable to justify spending the full album price on something I was so unsure of. Well, all I can say is, who on earth was stupid enough to let this album go out of their collection? From the first time I listened to the opening track "You" I was hooked. Thom's voice is magnificent and this album has to be owned by anyone who has a collection that includes Radiohead. It's wrong and a sin to own their other work without adding Pablo Honey. The track "Vegetable" sums up my feelings every day. "Leave me alone world" at least Thom of Radiohead understands the pressures I'm under. Thank God someone takes the time to think about life and put their thoughts into a format to which people can relate. I subsequently own all the Radiohead albums and will own the 2000 album on the day it is released.
I was fortunate to see them play live in a relatively small venue just before OK Computer became cult listening. They were absolutely superb. I adore Radiohead, their limited edition stuff, all their b tracks and every word they care to utter. Buy Pablo Honey - but please don't stop there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radioheads Debut need i say more 12 Jan 2002
By A Customer
the first album from one of the uks biggest bands. Fueled by the success of the third track Creep Pablo Honey sold really well.
Relative to the other Radiohead albums this is a weak album, but there are actually some quite strong songs on the album. My favourites are Stop Whispering and Thinking about you, which are much similar in style to Radioheads latter albums, The Bends, and Ok Computer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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surprisingly, I never even knew this album existed until I was shown it by one of my Radiohead-obsessed friends. But now, I have truly grown to love this,and has become my favourite radiohead album.Classics such as 'Creep' and 'Ripcord' are teamed with equally great and inspiring songs like 'Vegetable' and 'Anyone can play guitar'. This is a slightly more rocky album than 'The Bends', but with the same ingeniuity we have come to know from this band. An album most certainly not to be missed. Go and buy it! Now!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start of a legend!! 4 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
There is no greater band than radiohead, they are the most brilliant british band since Led Zeppelin and their music is emotional, powerful, and often breath aking and this is where it all began. Pablo Honey sold well on the back of hits single 'Creep' which broke them in the USA also. Personally 'Creep' is a fine song but is overated compared to the genius that they would come up with later. Pablo Honey itself has contains better songs than 'Creep'. 'Anyone Can Play Guitar' and 'Stop Whispering' which were both singles are a much more challenging and enjoyable listen.
Compared to the might of 'The Bends' and the astounding 'OK Computer' this album sounds primative and dated but its a nice album overall, and enjoyable laidback listen and a must for all radiohead fans.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice debut 12 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Radiohead's debut is sub-par in comparison with their other works. But then again Pablo Honey would have to be a mountain to level up to masterpieces such as The Bends, and Ok Computer.
Pablo Honey is always down, despite cheery introductions from from tracks I Can't, Prove Yourself, Lurgee, Blow Out etc... This album with help from Creep also gave Radiohead the "depressing" label which ignorants use who fail to listen to the true noise of this wonderful band.
For any Radiohead fan, I don't need to tell you to go buy this as you'll already have it. As for any new fan I would suggest OK Computer as a good introduction, and then work backwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started... 12 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For anyone who's first taste of Radiohead has been via OK Computer, Kid A and the like, they could be forgiven for thinking the debut album Pablo Honey is a rather turgid affair, and indeed some fans would rather this one be brushed under the carpet and never spoken of again.

However, having been there from the start, I can appreciate it for what was, and is. It holds many a fond memory for me, my life during the superb early to mid 90s of British music, and played all these years later it is still a cracking good album. Creep obviously, is the one song everyone agrees is the best of the bunch, but there is so much more to it than that. Ripcord, Thinking about You, Lurgee, Stop Whispering - they're all great.

Staring up at the shelves in my local Our Price store in 1993 (yikes, where have those 20 years gone!) I bought three CDs that day. Everybody else is doing it... by The Cranberries, Duran Duran's Wedding album, and Pablo Honey. All decent in their own right, but it is Pablo Honey that has been with me through thick and thin, and the one which started my life-long love of their music.

It is very different to the Radiohead of today, but is it any worse? I'd say not - it's still Radiohead at the end of the day. If you're a fan of Radiohead but have been put off buying this due to the poor reviews, you are missing out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead - Pablo Honey Review
I enjoyed this album as I very much like the band Radiohead. The album songs are not as good as some of Radioheads other albums such as The Bends but it contained the hit single... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut album
Radiohead are undoubtedly one of the most interesting and progressively-minded bands of the last 2 decades and 'Pablo Honey' certainly deserves to find its way into your collection... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
only turned on to this band recently people think they are depressing but they are wrong they are a brilliant band and this is a superb cd ,buy it !
Published 12 months ago by colin haughey
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom et al do not disappoint
Great album - as you'd expect from Radiohead - while not their absolute best offering, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Published 16 months ago by Ripsmum
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I think there are 2 distinct camps when it comes to Radiohead, you either prefer their newer music or their older music.

I am unashamedly in the 2nd camp! Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Glover
1.0 out of 5 stars Not come yet.
My product still has not come and that is twice now.I will upgrade the rwview when i actually get my product.
Published 20 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars Honey - we've blew up an album!
I think i am in agreement with a few other commentators and have often wondered why Pablo Honey gets such a hard time from Radiohead critics and indeed, Radiohead. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Mr. Gareth Lord
4.0 out of 5 stars nascent genius
'The Bends' is brilliant, 'OK Computer' is the masterpiece, and this 'Pablo Honey' - Radiohead's first - is pretty good, and well worth having in the collection. Read more
Published on 27 April 2010 by S. FREEMAN
1.0 out of 5 stars A seriously bad album with one great song
It's very much of its time, as it's very post-Nirvana, post-Pixies generic alternative rock. If they had more than one actual song they might even have been a bland but competent... Read more
Published on 2 April 2010 by BS on parade
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great album. Very loud screaming-guitar-based rock, which to me is more uplifting than the miserable electronica they degenerated to later on. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by R. B. Jones
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