- Genre: alternative rock, experimental
- First listen: sometime 2007
- Released: October 2000
- Found out through: Zack
- Listen to this while you're: being awesome
OK SOOO You all already know I love Radiohead right? Well what better way to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics on my blog than by talking about my favorite UK Band?! I toyed with the idea for a while and talking about an entire radiohead album seemed like an overwhelmingly daunting task, so I'm going with one song, picked solely for the title, "The National Anthem."
Everyone, Everyone around here, Everyone is so near, It's holdin' on
That's the gist of the lyrics in the song, which were randomly picked out of a hat (all the lyrics for the songs on Kid A were done that way). So I don't think there's any meaning behind it, although there can be
especially when talking about the olympics amirite??? This is just a badass song, with the most addictive bass line I know. It's the type of song that gets me pumped. For what? No idea. The entire song is one big crescendo with a climax of several horn solos going on all at once, then brought together at the end. Of course my favorite of the horns that I can pick out is the bari sax. IT'S JUST SO GOOD. The space noises in the beginning and media clips at the end really point out the direction radiohead was going at the time; prior to Kid A was OK Computer and The Bends and I suppose I'll mention Pablo Honey--not too much of that electronic stuff on those albums.
I'll admit, this track isn't for everyone. My sister thinks it's too weird and creepy to listen to. I'm alright with that.
Happy Olympics everyone!
P.S. ~ may the odds be ever in your favor :3