iTunes Download of the Week
Radiohead has great things to say. They say a variety of things.
When they call people out, it’s refreshing…. Listening to their music, I get the impression that they never have anything to prove.
This 1995 record, The Bends (dedicated to Bill Hicks, another man of truth) is full of gorgeous work by Johnny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway, and singer Thom Yorke — a true example of what kind of career is possible when a person sings with intelligence and beauty. The album carries a compelling message. Discover it. If you’re a Radiohead fan, I urge you to explore it further. What does it mean to have the “bends” you ask?
“When people move from a high-pressure environment to one of low pressure, bubbles can form in their bloodstream as gases in pressurized, liquid form quickly revert to their natural state. This, as anyone familiar with intravenous injections can tell you, is a very bad thing. The bends were first recorded in 1841, when early deep-sea divers began experiencing strange symptoms when resurfacing: blotchy rashes, coughing spasms, dizziness, unconsciousness, and a bizarre inability to bend joints (hence, the phrase the bends)…Sixty percent of your nervous system is composed of fatty tissue. When the nitrogen stored there turns into bubbles, it wreaks havoc. Nitrogen is also stored in the joints and directly under the skin.” (From Ask Yahoo)
“Who are my real friends? Have they all got the bends? Are they really sinking this low?” -Thom Yorke