The Bends (4:06)

Cover of The Bends

From The Bends and 113 other releases

This track was intially introduced as being about “knowing who your real friends are and when they’re going to come to your gigs.” Thom soon simplified this to “knowing who your friends are.” The song reflects Radiohead sense of humor; it contains many ridiculous lines about the CIA and the Marines.

Of the opening, Thom says, “The sound at the beginning comes from this caterwauling mayhem outside this hotel in the States. There was this guy training these eight-year-old kids, who were parading up and down with all these differents instruments. The guy had this little microphone on his sweater and was going: ‘Yeah, keep it up, keep it up.’ So I ran out and taped it.”


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  • Nakkinak

    dem bono vocals

    29 Sep 5:43pm Reply
  • miedoyficcion


    6 Sep 8:40pm Reply
  • AplusR96

    3:08 - 3:27 — The Smashing Pumpkins

    2 Sep 9:12pm Reply
  • Grycho

    Can't we all just agree that all of their albums after Pablo Honey are good? Because that's certainly my opinion.

    28 Aug 7:23pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    What 4uuuis said when clearing her throat

    13 Aug 9:41pm Reply
  • Adrian347

    the words are comin out all weird

    20 May 11:46pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    That ending line is so damn beautiful.

    27 Apr 3:58am Reply
  • Oppressotron

    For the two souls below, I'm sorry but I have to disagree. It's more like choosing what kind of ice cream you feel like having on a given day. Except that all three taste of alienation. I have to also put 'In rainbows' on the best of list.

    15 Apr 7:40pm Reply
  • Pusstulio

    The Bends and OK Computer are their masterpieces. Kid A is a totally different kind of music, beaten by the other two albums by miles! (2)

    13 Apr 4:30pm Reply
  • Indierock93

    The Bends and OK Computer are their masterpieces. Kid A is a totally different kind of music, beaten by the other two albums by miles!

    9 Apr 6:16am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Kid A or OK Computer are so much better than this.

    28 Mar 5:27pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Kid A can be called as a masterpiece, this is just another (alt)rock album, good but not great.

    28 Mar 5:25pm Reply
  • alexiacmendess

    The Bends album: masterpiece.

    11 Mar 10:06pm Reply
  • shellbyrne

    first hearing this song was like a revelation

    11 Mar 2:24pm Reply
  • Doctored-Wings

    my fave radiohead album!

    4 Mar 10:30am Reply
  • DanOwens1991

    Best song from it's namesake album.

    5 Jan 8:50am Reply
  • WS9167

    I know it's a cliche to say this, but this song really instantly makes me happy, even when I'm really depressed.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    DAT grunge flow.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • livvypotts

    this is like the sound track of my life, serious love for the bends <3

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Dream-Odyssey

    "Where are you now when I need you ?"

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
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