The Bends

Label
EMI UK
Release date
30 Apr 2001
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
47:51

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Planet Telex 4:19 595,655
2 The Bends 4:06 638,622
3 High and Dry 4:17 926,246
4 Fake Plastic Trees 4:10 914,346
5 Bones 3:09 539,217
6 (Nice Dream) 3:53 405,986
7 Just 3:52 712,775
8 My Iron Lung 4:35 666,813
9 Bullet Proof ... I Wish I Was 3:28 60,680
10 Black Star 4:07 525,056
11 Sulk 3:43 468,037
12 Street Spirit (Fade Out) 4:12 694,413

About this album

The Bends, released on 13 March in the United Kingdom and on 4 April 1995 in the United States, is the second studio album released by the English band Radiohead. The album was dedicated to the late comedian Bill Hicks. The album contains singles “High and Dry”, “Fake Plastic Trees”, “Just”, “My Iron Lung”, and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”.

The Bends was ranked number 110 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and number 2 on Q’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever.

The album was subject to much greater critical acclaim than their debut Pablo Honey (1993), and it reached number four in the UK Albums Chart. However, it failed to build on the commercial success of their single “Creep” outside the United Kingdom, and it peaked on the American charts at number 88. Although it lacked the instant success of later Radiohead albums, The Bends achieved triple platinum sales certifications in the UK and Canada and platinum sales in the US and the EU.

According to the band, The Bends marked the start of a gradual turn in Yorke’s songwriting from personal angst to the more cryptic lyrics and social and global themes that would come to dominate the band’s later work. Most of the album was seen to continue the lyrical concerns of Pablo Honey, although in more mature fashion. The songs “Fake Plastic Trees” and, in particular, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” and its b-side “Talk Show Host”, are often seen as a precursor to their next album OK Computer (1997). “Fake Plastic Trees” was partly inspired by the commercial development of Canary Wharf, while “Sulk” was written as a response to the Hungerford massacre.

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  • LouisXIVsunking

    My favorite album.

    28 Jul 2:31am Reply
  • xDx3xPx

    The Bends is without a doubt one of the greatest albums ever to be released into the universe. Thank you Radiohead. [4]

    16 Jul 4:45pm Reply
  • I_Am_Kid_A

    I've started a series of 3 articles on Radiohead's career on my blog. The first takes us from 1993-1997 and covers Pablo Honey, The Bends and OK Computer (along with the odd other bit of music they released in between. Have a read of the article here: http://amusicaltimetravellingdiamond.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/radiohead-1993-1997-a-career-analysis/

    7 Jul 12:21am Reply
  • PerlaMartinezA

    Radiohead's greatest album.

    30 Apr 12:38am Reply
  • Red_Pain

    The Bends is without a doubt one of the greatest albums ever to be released into the universe. Thank you Radiohead. [3]

    25 Mar 4:56pm Reply
  • Indierock93

    You listen to High and Dry and you think by yourself 'Can there be greater music on this planet...? ' , and then follows Fake Plastic Trees... What an UNBELIEVABLE album!

    11 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • Najlaa_23

    pure gold record never gets old !!!

    25 Feb 2:39am Reply
  • Harry_01

    The Bends is without a doubt one of the greatest albums ever to be released into the universe. Thank you Radiohead. [2] I'm so in love with this album again.

    11 Feb 12:03pm Reply
  • PheonixInFlight

    The Bends is without a doubt one of the greatest albums ever to be released into the universe. Thank you Radiohead.

    20 Jan 3:42am Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    The album that Nirvana had wanted to record.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    post-humous Nirvana albums [2]

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    idk the post-humous Nirvana albums just aren't that great imo but this one is flawless

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • navilora

    Which B-Side, if I may know ?

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JustBreathe94

    Jeff Buckley at his best

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • trvrplk

    I always get weird looks when people see the cover art for this while I'm listening to it.

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sohamsali1

    Favorite Radiohead album. Gives me the chills.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Kafuffle

    Call me a pleb, but this is my favorite Radiohead album. Just raw energy, no pretense. [5]

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • robinofdarkness

    I love The Bends but the B-sides connected to this album are so much better.

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    "no pretense." Uh, guys? You're listening to Radiohead. Not the fucking Replacements.

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
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