The "conspiracy" thing has a better name: Radioheadic Apophenia
Really? It makes no sense. Those songs just don't go along. Tearing those two albums apart and "meshing" them together makes as much sense as doing it to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
and Obscured by Clouds
. For one, a 10 SECOND CROSSFADE??
You gotta be kidding me. Also, the "countdown" at the end of Airbag
marks EXACTLY the tempo of Paranoid Android
, which is considerably slower than 15 Step
after Paranoid Android
simply does not compute... and Weird Fishes
in between Exit Music
and Let Down
?? Faust Arp
in between Fitter, Happier
?? Goddamn No Surprises
inbetween House of Cards
and Jigsaw Falling Into Place
?? Wow, that's about as bad as playing The Wall
with reversed order.
Hell, if you interleave it one-after-another, instead of having Karma Police + Fitter Happier be one song, the lyrics at the end of "The Tourist" (him dying) mesh perfectly with "Videotape" (him in the afterlife.)
That could make some sense, if not for two things: according to the "01 10" (wtf?!) theory, Videotape
comes BEFORE The Tourist
; also, the latter song has nothing to do with dying: Jonny Greenwood wrote it about tourists that, instead of actually walking around and feeling the environment of the city they're visiting, just rush around between the touristic points to "see it all in a day" and end up not knowing the city at all, hence "hey, man, slow down!".
Overall, it's a fact that, if you have a reasonable amount of dedicated people, they'll start drawing meaningless connections between ANYTHING. Maybe there definitely is something with the number 10 regarding In Rainbows
, but it might be something else entirely, maybe just a silly joke after all, or even a practical joke on fans. Also, if the two albums are "so connected", what do you do with the bonus disc of In Rainbows
, that one with 8 songs, hmmm?
Preface: It's not apophenia if the band themselves have referenced it. I'm not taking it as some kind of grand conspiracy; I couldn't think of a better word. There's repeated use of 10. That's factual. I dunno what you do with the bonus disc. Again, it's not some huge thing. I just find that the songs line up quite nicely.
-You gotta be listening to a different speed of Paranoid Android and a different 15 step than I. Or maybe your beep-beep-beeps are messed up. My version of Airbag matches 15 step's tempo perfectly, but that song has kind of a weird beat cause it's in 5/4.
-I dunno why you're just quoting song orders. I can do it too. Paranoid Android after Airbag? Who put Videotape at the end of In Rainbows? You gotta be shitting me.
-You cite what the band says about one song, but then don't cite that they admit there's a connection between albums. So I'll say that I look at the tourist as a guy, in a car, going way too fast, that dies in a car crash. Thus, you can put the album on repeat, and hey--airbag! Or, hey--he's at the pearly gates!
-I had no problems with no crossfade. I've also done it with a 10 second fade, and (to reinforce point 1) you never HEAR the beeps at the end of Airbag cause they line up with 15 steps. Also the reverb at the end of <i forget> segues into Nude quite nicely.
In complete disregard of point 3, I'm going to say that I think YOU think I'm saying it's some kind of concept album. I'm not. I never said that, except to say, rather offhandedly "hell, it even works..."--but note that I never said there's a logical story progression between Airbag>15 step>Paranoid Android>Bodysnatchers etc. I DID say, more than once I believe, that it's an order that sounds good.
That's all I was trinna say. It's the best radiohead album, I said, cause it takes two good albums and makes them sound really nice together. I mean, if you lined up Kid A and the Bends, it might sound a little weird cause they're two kinda completely different albums, but OK Computer and In Rainbows line up surprisingly well for albums that launched (exactly)
10 years apart.
Ultimately I suppose I'm fueling this foolish fire by arguing about this, even though my overarching point is "Chillax, bro. Ain't a big deal. Wasn't trying to preach some kind of doctrine. Definitely just saying 'This is cool, you guys--but I'm also hella high while I'm typing this so everything is pretty awesome right now' (but maybe that last bit didn't come through textually)"