On the Origin of Radiohead
Today’s episode isn’t about a specific song. But it does serve as a belated preface to the theme of our first season: Radiohead and the press. This season I’m interviewing journalists, authors, and musicologists. People on the outside looking in. And Baryney Hoskyns's Present Tense: A Radiohead Compendium encapsulates this theme. It’s the story of Radiohead from the critic’s perspective—an anthology of profiles, reviews, and other journalistic pieces about the band, their work, and their various solo projects. Like the book, this episode starts with the group's early performances in Oxford, tracing their efforts through each album cycle until the present day. This is Radiohead for beginners.