Saturday, January 5, 2013

#494: Radiohead-Optimistic (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#494
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Optimistic"
Artist: Radiohead
Release Date: October, 2000
From the Album: Kid A (2000)



Quick Take: The song most closely resembles Radiohead's previous work of all the songs of Kid A, but is still vastly different, with the guitar/full band line up being the only major similarity. Ed O'Brien wrote that Thom Yorke's lyrics reminded him 'of PJ Harvey's blues stuff'. The repeated phrase 'try the best you can' was included by Yorke because it was what his girlfriend kept telling him about recording the follow up to OK Computer.

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