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My Iron Lung [EP]

Radiohead Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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1. My Iron Lung
2. The Trickster
3. Lewis (Mistreated)
4. Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong
5. Permanent Daylight
6. Lozenge Of Love
7. You Never Wash Up After Yourself
8. Creep (Acoustic)

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When exactly Radiohead transformed themselves from an average alterna-rock band into an avant-garde juggernaut is difficult to pinpoint, but in terms of recording, they took the great leap forward somewhere around the time of their second album, The Bends. While their debut, Pablo Honey, had a few sharp hooks, there was nothing to predict the avalanche of ideas that made The Bends one of the important albums of the 1990s. This EP (which is actually longer than some bands' full albums) doesn't clarify things a bit. The acoustic version of "Creep" that ends My Iron Lung is a sensitive read, but it doesn't explain the structural leap of the title track, which sounds as if the band had relearned how to play their instruments. Most of the remaining tunes are short, quirky numbers that point up Thom Yorke's penchant for melancholy melodies. Those who treasure the art rock of OK Computer or Kid A may find these plaintive pleas for love and understanding almost too simple. --Rob O'Connor

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RADIOHEAD My Iron Lung (Deleted 1993 Dutch 8-track CD EP includes Creep [Acoustic] The Trickster and You Never Wash Up After Yourself sealed picture sleeve)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A redundant collector's item March 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I gave this item 4-stars, not because there was a lacking in the quality of the songs presented on the EP, but because it is not a worthwhile purchase considering that there is another similar EP out there with 4 more tracks on it. The Australian release of the 'My Iron Lung EP' includes all of the same tracks of this one, and more, including:
The Trickster (Track 2)
Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong (Track 4)
Lozenge of Love (Track 6)
Creep (Acoustic - Track 8)
Notice how it says 'CD 2' on the cover. This is obviously not the full-length version, but only the second half of a 2-part series. The full-length version (the Australian release) is basically a combination of CD 1 and CD 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Nov. 30 2002
Format:Audio CD
I absolutly love Radiohead, though I do admit that their sloppy grunge-rock from pablo honey and some of the "lesser" tracks on "The Bends" irritate me. That said, this is an amazing single, but it remains: a single. If you keep that in mind, you'll be amazed how good this is. If you were to look at it like a normal Radiohead release, you'll probably be a bit disappointed. The songs are good, but not very memorable. It's a fun little romp if you can find it for 7 bucks, but your wasting your money if you pay full price. The version of "creep" is really interesting, though it is rather spoiled with an almost comedic radio-edit at the beginning of the track. If you can get passed that, it's the best version of this out there. The songs in the middle between "creep" and "my iron lung" all tend to blend together into a distorted free-for-all. They're not bad tracks, certainly, but I fail to understand the high admiration most people have for some of the songs. Its good to note that their usual producer Nigel Goodrich only produced 2 of the songs on the single. This CD shows just what an important asset he is to the band. Finally, the "middle section" of this single, which borders or album status, have a very "b-sides" feel to me. They're good, yes, but they're still b-sides, and there is a good reason they were not put on any real albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another quality work from Radiohead April 27 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Arguably, Radiohead has had the greatest evolution of any band in music history. They went from Alternative Ordinaries to something much more. It is hard to pinpoint when this change began, but many think there is evidence in this album. Indeed, this collection of B-sides from The Bends and possibly OK Computer represents something greater than the average alternative rock album. From the opening track, you are mesmerised by Radiohead's unique style and performance. "My Iron Lung" is the CD's opener (for obvious reasons) and features a great melody, interesting vocals, and an amazing guitar riff. You haven't heard a rock song until you've heard this one. "The Trickster" is a moderately paced interesting little tune with a great build up to the chorus especially. "Lewis [mistreated]" is a great story about a bad day with some quick guitar/drum work and a simple but elegant melody. "Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong" is perhaps Radiohead's best attempt at a true love song. Though it doesn't necessarily serve the purpose of a mainstream love song well (sounds too "spacey"), it is beautiful in its own unique sense. "Permanent Daylight" is a hauntingly intense, short little song. It features some simple chord progressions, but it sounds so amazing when heard in that classic Radiohead style with electric guitars special sound mixing effects that you will not care it's only two minutes long. Two minutes of music nirvana. "Lozenge of Love" and "You Never Wash Up After Yourself" are short, beautiful songs with especially good accompaniment and vocals. Finally, the CD closes with a great acoustic version of "Creep". Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT just B-sides; a key purchase. Feb. 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
By all means, if you find this in the racks, even at import prices, pick it up. (It's not out of print, but it's still somewhat difficult to find in the good ol' U.S. of A.) Eight tracks here, seven of them exclusive to this CD, and not a single one of them a duffer. In fact, although it was ignored at the time, this is really the pivotal moment where Radiohead began to turn into something more than just a alternative band with a fluke hit single. It's funny how people don't point this out-most refer to The Bends as the turning point, but this little EP, released in 1994 as an interim product, is a signpost not only to that album, but beyond it to OK Computer. I can't give this any higher than 4 stars because, after all, it's only 30 minutes, but hey, it sure is a better 30 minutes than Nashville Skyline!
First up is the ostensible single, "My Iron Lung," which would later turn up on The Bends. Sandwiched among all the greatness on that album it's easy to miss, but here it get the attention it deserves: a wry and bitter comment on the success of "Creep" and how it hamstrung them ("This is out new song/just like the last one/A total waste of time, my iron lung"), it also doubles as a perceptive comment on a relationship that is both suffocating and life-sustaining. Featuring one hell of a guitar solo and a clever melody line, it's the first evidence of the suite-like construction that Radiohead's more ambitious songs would soon begin to feature. Most impressively, this complex, layered song was recorded-live! Totally, unoverdubbedly live (with the exception of the vocal, which was redone. but I'm not holding it against them since it's the rhythm section I'm most impressed with).
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where Radiohead first proves they're a fantastic band., April...
Although Radiohead's monster single, Creep, was tearing up the charts in the early 1990s, the album from which it was taken, PABLO HONEY, was an average album from what appeared to... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead's revolution began here......not with The Bends
Released between 'Pablo Honey' and 'The Bends' and never released in the US, 'My Iron Lung' marks the transition from mediocre to outstanding. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars for ALL the audiences
For some people, Radiohead tends to be either too poppy with songs like "Creep" or "Anyone Can Play Guitar," or they are too electronica and *weird* with the... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars My Iron Lung and then some!!
This is the first single from the bends. That said lets get to the goods. First off, this is a great single but it has a sibling. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by KBIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Radiohead 'album'
I was well shocked when i first listended to this cd, as i was formally a total avid punk fan, i found radiohead boring, slow and depressing, but slowly i listend to it, and it... Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by WyN
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent EP from an excellent band
If you're just getting into the only great rock band to emerge in the last couple of decades (and I don't mean good - there's been plenty of good... Read more
Published on June 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Pablo Honey
The songs here show a definate improvement from Radiohead's debut album. Some, like "Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong" and "Permanent Daylight," almost feel like they could have come... Read more
Published on May 17 2003 by Shadowgraphs
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead at their best
This is fantastic. The "Trickster" is one of favorite songs. This is a great mix of fast, slow, simple and intricate. Beautiful melodies. Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by T.T. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely divine
I get shivers whenever I listen to this amazing disc. if you melt when you hear 'street spirit(fade out)' or 'thinking about you' this ep will put you over the edge. Read more
Published on June 21 2002 by veloatro
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Period
This is just pure Radiohead at their best. If you long for the period when the boys were still writing powerful and well crafted tunes then this one is a must. Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by Arevee
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