Radiohead is one of my favourite bands which I believe some of you might have already known that. I firstly thought their 1st and 2nd album were alright, but I couldn’t comprehend with their 4th and 5th albums which were ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’. I didn’t count myself to be a fan of this band. Nevertheless, there was a time that changed my status forever.
It was a date of 14th April 2004. I got a chance to see Radiohead’s concert in Japan with my younger brother who has already been an avid fan of the band. The concert was held at Intex Osaka and it started at 7:00 PM.
Radiohead started the concert with a song from their latest album (at that time) which were There There following with 2+2=5 , lucky, myxomatosis, where i end and you begin, backdrifts (Thom began to sing this song for a while and then he said that he didn’t know what were they f–king up doing now. So they stopped playing and started the next song). Fake Plastic Trees was the next song which was my favourite song. It did gave me goose bump listening its live like that.
They continued playing paranoid android, sail to the moon, talk show host (Soundtrack of Baz Lurrman’s Romeo+Juliet), airbag, karma police (A lot of audiences sang along with this hit song), sit down. stand up, and scatterbrain. There were sound from Japanese radio show before national anthem was played. Then it was followed by exit music which individually showed each person in the band on the stage by lighting. Then they seemed to close the show with idioteque.
But I didn’t think that song would be the last song as I believed it should have had more songs than these and it seemed that everyone inside the hall thought the same way as mine. So the hand-clap sound started and the band appeared again with the gloaming, no surprised, a wolf at the door, street spirit and then they tended to finish the concert. However, no one wanted to go home so another Encore round has been initialised. They performed the last two songs which were i might be wrong and everything in its right place (Yes!!!).
All the time that I was standing there, listening to their music. I was drawn into their world totally. I thought they were so awesome and I just loved every minute I spent seeing their brilliant performance. And my life was changed forever as I’ve turned myself to be Radiohead’s band. Their albums must be in my iPod/iPhone all the time. I also created a Thai website which the first goal was to tell the story of this band in Thai language.
The name of this blog is also derived from ‘How to disappear completely‘, a song by Radiohead as well as the tag line (How can you be sure?). Even though I might not like their new stuff more than the first 5 albums. However, they are always my favourite band.
Remarks#1: I used to write about that concert in my Thai blog, that’s why I could re-write my experience in this post.
Remarks#2: The set list is based on information form ateasweb.
Remarks#3: This post is an entry for RRR-Challenge by Frizztext.