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Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006352
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Airbag
2. Pearly
3. Meeting In The Aisle
4. A Reminder
5. Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)
6. Melatonin
7. Palo Alto

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Back in stock! Limited edition EP from one of the most popular British bands of the decade. Features 'Airbag' pulled from the OK Computer album plus six non-album tracks: 'Pearly', 'Meeting In The Aisle', 'A Reminder', 'Polythelyne (Parts 1 & 2)', 'Melatorin' and 'Palo Alto'. Parlophone.

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Radiohead's American follow-up to OK Computer is essentially a glorified single for "Airbag," the song that also opens the album, with six new tracks appended (including an instrumental). They're mostly cut from the same cloth as the album, but briefer and flinchier--Thom Yorke's voice, gentle and clear as it is, seems like it can barely push past waves of horror into audibility. Once again, they plumb a few Pink Floydian tricks--the tapes of not-quite-clear voices that open "A Reminder," the pacing, descending riff of "Pearly"--and, though none of the new tracks is quite up to the level of OK Computer (they could well be outtakes), they fit together into a short, despairing suite. --Douglas Wolk

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Radiohead have put out an astonishing number of grade-A non-album tracks. They could be pooled together to make one incredible (double) album. This mini album contains some of their best ever in my view. Features some anguished and soaring vocals by T. Yorke.
"Airbag" is a bizarre yet stunningly gorgeous song loaded with shimmering guitar, a quirky funk beat and who-knows-what-all kinds of electronics. It portrays the rush you would feel having survived a major collision thanks to an airbag. Ostensibly a single in this format, it is also the brilliantly uplifting opening track on OK COMPUTER (widely held to be their masterpiece). *****
"Pearly" - Garage-y guitars plus some spacey ones define this sort of underground sounding tune drenched in anguish. ****1/2
"Meeting In The Aisle" - like the swimming mirage you see while looking down the dark corridor of a building towards a sunlit doorway. Totally spaced-out. *****
"A Reminder" - seems to disengage itself from the reality of a crowded room for some fleeting, deeply felt moment. One of their best. *****
"Polythylene (parts 1 &2)" - Part 1 is a melancholy intro picked on acoustic guitar and sung beautifully by Yorke. Part 2 is intensely dramatic. Seems to portray the hopeless inevitability of modern life spinning out of control. Even Yorke's vocals seem to waver out of control yet they still maintain his characteristic artistic perfection. *****
"Melatonin" - a sterile, almost sickly lullaby washed in synths as a rhythm section plugs along like a wind-up toy. ***
"Palo Alto" - Wildly brilliant Faustian (as in the band) guitar delivery plus a few crunching power chords blast away the grind from "a city of the future.
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By Blackberries on June 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if this is worth paying 77 dollars for, but it sure is good. These songs all could have ended up on O.K. Computer, possibly making it the best double album of all time, but as it happened, these songs ended up on this somewhat hard to find EP. Here's a brief summary of each track:
1. Airbag - As most readers probably know, this one's available on O.K. computer. Airbag is a fine track with all the standard Radiohead cordage. Awesome Lyrics. Crunching Guitars. Profundities.
2. Pearly - Great Song. More of the same excellence.
3. Meeting In The Aisle - Sadly none of Thom's vocals, but it's still a great song. It's something like a Techno song but it has that special Radiohead feel appended to it.
4. A Reminder - An ambling intro with lots of weird stuff going on in the backround and then the bulk of the song is slow and melancholic.
5. Polyethylene - Beautiful acoustic beginning leading up to a spectacular, swirling rock song.
6. Melatonin - Organ, drums, bass and Thom. Another really good song.
7. Palo Alto - One of Thom's discontment songs about society. Yet another spectacular track.
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By Blackberries on June 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if this is worth paying 77 dollars for, but it sure is good. These songs all could have ended up on O.K. Computer, possibly making it the best double album of all time, but as it happened, these songs ended up on this somewhat hard to find EP. Here's a brief summary of each track:
1. Airbag - As most readers probably know, this one's available on O.K. computer. Airbag is a fine track with all the standard Radiohead cordage. Awesome Lyrics. Crunching Guitars. Profundities.
2. Pearly - Great Song. More of the same excellence.
3. Meeting In The Aisle - Sadly none of Thom's vocals, but it's still a great song. It's something like a Techno song but it has that special Radiohead feel appended to it.
4. A Reminder - An ambling intro with lots of weird stuff going on in the backround and then the bulk of the song is slow and melancholic.
5. Polyethylene - Beautiful acoustic beginning leading up to a spectacular, swirling rock song.
6. Melatonin - Organ, drums, bass and Thom. Another really good song.
7. Palo Alto - One of Thom's discontment songs about society. Yet another spectacular track.
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By "kurdtkobain345" on June 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
I picked this up new at a record store last month for 8 Bucks. after nearly dying at how cheap it was i listened to it and was generally amazed. the songs are great and most of them are better then the stuff they actually did put on OK Computor. Palo Alto stands out from the rest by far proving to be one of my personal favorite Radiohead tracks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
satisfying - a worthy add-on Dec 11 1999
By michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'How Am I Driving' never pretends to be more than an EP, which is a good thing. In fact, it's pretty darn quirky, right down to the stark white packaging from the band's long-time house artist Stan Donwood. Treat it as a companion piece to 1997s 'Ok Computer' and you'll be in fine shape.
Like a companion piece should, 'How Am I Driving' adds a little more color to the already wonderful pallette drawn out by 'Ok Computer.' Though the general motifs remain, including the band's unique spin on clausterphobic modernity, the atmosphere here is lighter and more raw - even a bit gritty. 'Polythelene Parts 1 & 2,' for instance, begins with a quiet acoustic passage from frontman Thom Yorke, followed by a gruff count-off ("one, two, three four!") before erupting into a brash, guitar-driven anthem. This sort of deliberate unrefinement simply wouldn't have flown too well on the smooth, polished 'Ok Computer' - but here, slightly taken out of its forebearer's ambitious context, it's just great. Also noteworthy is 'Melatonin' - an off-beat lullaby performed over a synthesizer. "Death to all who stand in your way" Thom warbles in a hushed, sleepy-time voice. 'Pearly' also deserves mention for its unusual, grating sound and rough-hewn lyricism.
It's a nice hold-over until the next full-length album arrives.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A nice companion to "OK Computer." April 29 2007
By Zen Station - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always heard from many Radiohead fans about the quality of the B-sides being pretty good, and while I wanted to get a hold of the stuff, most of it was imports so I thought it was a sky high investment, if I were to do it. And I didn't get into Radiohead until a few years after even this compilation. And it's a great compilation, even if a little bit incomplete for some.

I really love OK Computer and was looking forward to the B-side. People who own that album already know the first track, "Airbag," which is Radiohead greatness, and with some excellent Thom Yorke lyrics, guitar effects and playing, and such. It's actually the song that inspired me to buy said album.

As for the B-sides, they aren't as good as that album, but I think it's far above average, even for B-sides. I really liked the instrumental "Meeting in the Aisle," as well as the others. The songs here are actually pretty catchy, particularly in "Palo Alto," the last track on the record. It's back in print after a long time. So no longer is it "limited edition" as Amazon.com lists. And at some places it is sold at a very good price; you can get it for roughly eight bucks at your nearest Best Buy.

Overall, a casual Radiohead fan may not want this, but if you're into the group already, I recommend it. And in comparison to the actual studio albums, I'd actually put it ahead of the last two LP's, as well as of course Pablo Honey (has moments but is scattershot).

Dear Amazon: "OK Computer" is the title of that album, and taking it out of my title makes no sense at all. Also, I apologize for price comparisons, although I'd either be a lot poorer or would own way less music if I never did such a thing.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Some tracks R even better than some OK COMPUTER cuts! April 21 2004
By Rich Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Radiohead have put out an astonishing number of grade-A non-album tracks. They could be pooled together to make one incredible (double) album. This mini album contains some of their best ever in my view, featuring some anguished and soaring vocals by T. Yorke.

"Airbag" is a bizarre yet stunningly gorgeous song loaded with shimmering guitar, a quirky funk beat and who-knows-what-all kinds of electronics. It portrays the rush you would feel having survived a major collision thanks to an airbag. Ostensibly a single in this format, it is also the brilliantly uplifting opening track on OK COMPUTER (widely held to be their masterpiece). *****+

"Pearly" - Garage-y guitars plus some spacey ones define this sort of underground sounding tune drenched in anguish. ****1/2

"Meeting In The Aisle" - like the swimming mirage you see while looking down the dark corridor of a building towards a sunlit doorway. Totally spaced out. *****

"A Reminder" - seems to disengage itself from the reality of a crowded room for some fleeting, deeply felt moment. One of their best. *****+

"Polythylene (parts 1 &2)" - Part 1 is a melancholy intro picked on acoustic guitar and sung beautifully by Yorke. Part 2 is intensely dramatic. Seems to portray the hopeless inevitability of modern life spinning out of control. Even Yorke's vocals seem to waver out of control, another example of his amazing artistic expression in service to the song. *****

"Melatonin" - a sterile, almost sickly lullaby washed in synths as a rhythm section plugs along like a wind-up toy. ***

"Palo Alto" - Wildly brilliant Faustian (as in the band) guitar delivery plus a few crunching power chords blast away the grind from "a city of the future." One of their greatest, most off the hook guitar songs. *****+

Radiohead-heads who collect their singles and EPs reap some of the greatest rewards!

An aside: The packaging is notable for its rather mocking "questionnaire" and 2 short-short stories which are like desperate little slices from an unsatisfied life. In addition, the quote from Noam Chomsky's THE CHOMSKY READER reveals a great deal about the perspective behind some of Radiohead's observations about modern life.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
really quite good Jan. 21 2000
By J. Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was just wanting something more, and this short CD provides a really good extension of OK computer: the seven songs are as symphonically complicated as the OK Computer sound, and yet there is one track, I think the last one, which really rocks out and should be listened to VERY LOUDLY...overall a great mini album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Awesome June 23 2003
By Blackberries - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if this is worth paying 77 dollars for, but it sure is good. These songs all could have ended up on O.K. Computer, possibly making it the best double album of all time, but as it happened, these songs ended up on this somewhat hard to find EP. Here's a brief summary of each track:
1. Airbag - As most readers probably know, this one's available on O.K. computer. Airbag is a fine track with all the standard Radiohead cordage. Awesome Lyrics. Crunching Guitars. Profundities.
2. Pearly - Great Song. More of the same excellence.
3. Meeting In The Aisle - Sadly none of Thom's vocals, but it's still a great song. It's something like a Techno song but it has that special Radiohead feel appended to it.
4. A Reminder - An ambling intro with lots of weird stuff going on in the backround and then the bulk of the song is slow and melancholic.
5. Polyethylene - Beautiful acoustic beginning leading up to a spectacular, swirling rock song.
6. Melatonin - Organ, drums, bass and Thom. Another really good song.
7. Palo Alto - One of Thom's discontment songs about society. Yet another spectacular track.

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