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!