Friday, January 16, 2009

Radiohead - Subterranean Homesick Alien

In 1997, Radiohead released one of the best albums of the nineties (and maybe "ever"), OK Computer. The album undoubtedly is one of THE milestones of rock music. Songs like Paranoid Android, Exit Music and Karma Police set examples for many artists that would follow.
The third song on the album is a clear wink to Bob Dylan. The song is called "Subterranean Homesick Alien". The lyrics are about us human beings and show a negative side of the lonelyness and uptighteness of people who live in the cities and lock themselves away in their homes at night. The singer dreams about aliens flying over our heads who are investigating these "weird creatures". He gets swooped away on their beautiful ship and can see the world like they aliens see it.
The song itself has absolutely nothing to do with Dylan as far as I can tell but the title most certainly is a reference to Bob Dylans' song "Subterranean Homesick Blues".

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