SL Rogers (evil_bat) wrote,
SL Rogers
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you can scream and you can shout...

So I'm rediscovering Radiohead (I know, I know, like 15 years after the fact) and I wanted to listen to "2+2=5" based on Rolling Stone's props towards Ed O'Brien and Jonny Greenwood (they're numbers 59 and 60, respectively, on RS's 100 greatest guitarists of all time) and so I went to youtube and found this:



I don't care if it takes nods from "The Wall", it's still pretty awesome and also, as far as I can tell, fan-created, which makes it even more awesome. Awesomer. XL Awesome. As for the guitar, it does kick some serious ass all over town but it doesn't egregiously stand out from the song and it never overpowers Yorke's vocals. Actually, now that I think about it, despite the song's hysteria, everything is awfully controlled (everything's in its right place, you might say) which is all very Radiohead, so it seems to me, but I'm still in early days yet on this whole Radiohead experience.

Before I wander off, I should mention that Pete Townshend wrote the bit for Rolling Stone's number one guitarist -- Jimi Hendrix -- and it's well-worth reading because it contains stuff like this:

"He was dusty — he had cobwebs and dust all over him. He was a very unremarkable-looking guy with an old military jacket on that was pretty dirty. It looked like he'd maybe slept in it a few nights running. When he would walk toward the stage, nobody would really take much notice of him. But when he walked off, I saw him walk up to some of the most covetable women in the world. Hendrix would snap his fingers, and they followed him. Onstage, he was very erotic as well. To a man watching, he was erotic like Mick Jagger is erotic. It wasn't "You know, I'd like to take that guy in the bathroom and fuck him." It was a high form of eroticism, almost spiritual in quality. There was a sense of wanting to possess him and wanting to be a part of him, to know how he did what he did because he was so powerfully affecting. Johnny Rotten did it, Kurt Cobain did it. As a man, you wanted to be a part of Johnny Rotten's gang, you wanted to be a part of Kurt Cobain's gang."

I always find it fascinating when men talk about other men that way, I don't know why. Maybe because ostensibly straight men don't often get so specific about their feelings towards other doods...
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