Tributehead: The Boredom Sessions

Uh oh, prepare for my cynicism! Radiohead, arguably the biggest band in the world. Every man and their dog has heard of them, and at least half the people that have heard of them, have actually heard their songs. So on one hand it is pretty cool that people would cover their stuff, approach it from a different angle. But on the other hand, it’s getting a bit silly now.

Don’t get me wrong, my memory isn’t that short I’ve forgotten I recently mentioned the new Radiodread album that is essentially reggae covers of Radiohead, but now I’ve learnt of a further two more; Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead and Skeet Spirit, A Crunk Tribute to Radiohead. The former is covers of Radiohead as played on instruments such as the glockenspiel, designed to get young children into Radiohead, and the latter is quite obviously a crunk tribute.

Last year as part of the SA NEScover album we got an 8-bit cover of Karma Police, which I guess was… interesting, and there was also the Me & this Army: Radiohead Remixed album, featuring real left-field Radiohead covers.

hoses – Radiohead – Karma Police
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Radiohead – Everything in Its Wrong Place (Remixed)
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As much as shit music is shit music, regardless of situ; good music is good music too. So it’s hard to knock some of these tributes and covers in that respect. However, my gripe mainly spawns from the fact that it’s getting tiresome. Man, make some totally original stuff, or at least find someone else to cover! Radiohead are like a consumable brand now! Coke and Diet Coke = Radiohead and Radiohead Jnr with glockenspiels. Is it all really necessary? Like I said though, it’s a confusing complaint, cos if the music is good, then fair enough to a certain extent – just seems a bit old hat now.

Anyway, if anyone is interested you can download the crunk stuff for free here… http://zoomzip.kil.la/skeetspirit/ – and the Radiohead for babies album is out on 29th August through Baby Rock records.

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  • Ell

    Happy birthday!

  • Ell

    Happy birthday!

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com/ Rusty Sheriff

    Hooooraaaay!

    ‘Appy Birfffday Geezer!

    Did you get any money for your birthday? Yeah? Give it to Ell to buy some fizikz webspace! Arf arf… *ahem*

    Going back to the topic though, Radiohead, well love em, hate em, they are very popular. Couple that with musicians that love Radiohead and don’t have much originality you’ve got a hahahajoke Radiohead covers band. My hometown is full of these shitty cover/tribute acts. Its just a reflection of whats popular really, if not a bit sad.

  • http://www.rustysheriff.com Rusty Sheriff

    Hooooraaaay!

    ‘Appy Birfffday Geezer!

    Did you get any money for your birthday? Yeah? Give it to Ell to buy some fizikz webspace! Arf arf… *ahem*

    Going back to the topic though, Radiohead, well love em, hate em, they are very popular. Couple that with musicians that love Radiohead and don’t have much originality you’ve got a hahahajoke Radiohead covers band. My hometown is full of these shitty cover/tribute acts. Its just a reflection of whats popular really, if not a bit sad.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Thanks guys!

    I almost find it more acceptable when tribute acts are shit, that way you can just appreciate they are clinging on to something. But when they’re really good it just leaves me thinking they’d do better to make their own stuff.

  • http://jeej.wordpress.com/ jeej

    Thanks guys!

    I almost find it more acceptable when tribute acts are shit, that way you can just appreciate they are clinging on to something. But when they’re really good it just leaves me thinking they’d do better to make their own stuff.