The Bends (4:06)

Cover of The Bends

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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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  • Cure1980

    another brit pop band brings back some glamour of the siextis,.,.-

    14 Jul 2:28am Reply
  • emehacheele

    I want to live and breathe I want to be part of the human race...

    12 Mar 1:41am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    dem bono vocals

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • miedoyficcion


    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AplusR96

    3:08 - 3:27 — The Smashing Pumpkins

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    What 4uuuis said when clearing her throat

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Adrian347

    the words are comin out all weird

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    That ending line is so damn beautiful.

    27 Apr 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

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

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

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

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • alexiacmendess

    The Bends album: masterpiece.

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • shellbyrne

    first hearing this song was like a revelation

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Doctored-Wings

    my fave radiohead album!

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DanOwens1991

    Best song from it's namesake album.

    5 Jan 2014 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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