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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 (18 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000076JS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CDS EMI, CDODATAS01, Card Sleeve 3 Track 1997

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By Elliot Davies on 4 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Paranoid Android is a song that manages to surpass in quality the entire back catalogue of some certain bands. It is a song of four parts. The intro brings to mind a sci-fi nightmare, with a frantic acoustic guitar, pained and wailed vocals and almost alien interludes. There is also the subliminal "I am paranoid but I am not an android". The first part alone would qualify as a classic.
Then Thom comments on how "ambition makes you look pretty ugly", followed by an almost jazzy bass line. "You don't remember my name!" he screams, and the song kicks into overdrive. Johhny Greenwood demonstrates why he should be called a guitar god, with a solo that kicks down the door to your brain and bites a large chunk out of the cortex.
Feeling quite shagged out by this explosion of energy, the song slips into the mellow section, and it's beautiful. Thom urges for it to "Rain down" accompanied by some gentle acoustic strumming and drums that do indeed sound like rain. "God loves his children, yeah" he comments before the song explodes into hyper drive once again. Everyone gives it their best, with three guitars whittling out insane riffs from the tree of rock, and then it ends. And all this in under seven minutes.
Add to this the B-sides, which are different depending on which cd you buy but all are equally inspired. My personal favourite would have to be Polyethelene, which uses the same quiet/loud dynamics as Paranoid Android but at the same time has a tune. It is a cliche to say this, but any of these songs could have made a brilliant A-side. Buying this single will give you as much pleasure as buying a full album, and at a fraction of the price!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let's not beat about the bush here, Paranoid Android is perfect. A brilliant single on it's own when it was released, and has just got better with time. It opens with a simple enough tune, with suburbly written lyrics to complement the beautiful tune. It then jettesions off into a slightly quicker yet still moving piece, with the lyrics maintaining their perfection while the guitar's get in, with a couple of crashing chords and solo's. This provides a perfect link into the more mournful end section. The lyrics and Thom's singing remain perfect thoughout and is only matched in brilliance by the actual tune. This song is truly one of Radioheads best.
The B tracks in here are also great. Radiohead have a habit for amazing B sides and this is no exception. Polythylene stands out as being a truly great song, with a slow acoustic bit misleading the listener before starting up with a good rock song. Pearly is another great song, with it's actual meaning being debated by many Radiohead fans still. Melatonin is not as good as the others, but still remains a good song.
The reason this hasn't got all 5 stars is because as a single it is now pointless. Most of the B-sides are on Radiohead EP's and the actual single is on OK Computer, and if you haven't got OK Computer, one questions why you're even looking at this now and not rushing to the shops to buy it right now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "james___g" on 4 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Radiohead released the bends, it was hard to imagine them releasing guitar tracks better than "just" or "my iron lung". However they did it in style, with PARANOID ANDROID, a masterpiece, starting with a great accoustic intro, and going through a rollercoaster ride of emotions for 6 1/2 minutes of bliss!
This is just one of the incredible tracks on "OK Computer" but I doubt a song of this style will ever be bettered.
The b-sides, are also awsome! B-sides, so often a pointless distraction, but here it is very much purchasing the single if just for the bsides. "Polyethyline" is stadium rock at its finest, and "pearly*" is gorgeus.
You must get this, some of Radiohead's finest work!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Kick off single from the OK Computer album, sets the tone well. A modern classic, angst ridden version of Bo. Rap. by queen and almost as long. Bside is not bad either
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By t.a.j.hill@herts.ac.uk on 7 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
First single to come off the much acclaimed OK Computer lp. Four years on, and still the best track on offer with two more than good B sides.
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