Pop Is Dead
|"Pop Is Dead"|
|Single by Radiohead|
|Released||10 May 1993|
|Studio||Chipping Norton Recording Studios|
|Radiohead singles chronology|
"Pop Is Dead" is a song by the British alternative rock band Radiohead. It was released as a non-album single in on 10 May 1993, only several months after their debut single "Creep" and their debut album Pablo Honey.
Background and lyrics
"Pop Is Dead" is driven by a chromatic riff played by guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Similar to the band's previous single, "Anyone Can Play Guitar", the track lyrically criticises the media, the record companies and pop music, as well as the rock press and music industry in general.
The acoustic track "Banana Co." was described as "a mildly Beatlesque tune with lyrics that hinted at a general loathing of multinational corporations. The electric version of the track was later included on the Itch EP and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" single. The live version of the "Ripcord" from the B-side was recorded at a Town and Country Club gig in London in February 1993, when the band opened for Belly. This version contains extra lyrics, added after the second chorus: "They can kiss my ass!"
Despite charting on the UK Singles Chart, the song performed below expectations. The band distanced themselves from the song following its release. Five years after its release, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien called the track "a hideous mistake". Nevertheless, following the release of Radiohead's sophomore album The Bends in 1995, Melody Maker editor Robin Bresnark wrote: "If they came out with that now, it would be a Top Five single."
The music video, which was filmed at the Neolithic Long barrow Wayland's Smithy in Oxfordshire, and directed by Dwight Clarke, features frontman Thom Yorke as "a dandified vampire in a glass coffin", accompanied by other band members. The video was compared to those of Nirvana.
- "Pop Is Dead" – 2:13
- "Banana Co." (acoustic) – 2:27
- "Creep" (live) – 4:11
- "Ripcord" (live) – 3:08
- Thom Yorke – vocals, guitar
- Jonny Greenwood – guitar, piano
- Colin Greenwood – bass guitar
- Ed O'Brien – guitar, backing vocals
- Phil Selway – drums
- Jim Warren – production
- Radiohead – production
- Barry Hammond – mixing
- Rachel Owen – artwork
- Icon – design
|UK Singles Chart||42|
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