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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
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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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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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 be an average band. Like so many other bands with a couple of hits under their belt, Radiohead could have released a couple more mediocre records in the span of a few years and generally fade from public consciousness. Hootie and the Blowfish and Seven Mary 3 are good examples of this phenomena. I actually wrote Radiohead off and never bothered to listen to any of the followups until about 2001, when I realised there was so much more to Radiohead than just "Creep" (one of my least favorite songs by them, incidentally).

Radiohead, however, had a different career destiny in mind, and pulled it off wonderfully. Rather than continue in the PABLO HONEY vein, Radiohead managed to record a series of phenomenal records not only noted for their musical instinct, but just wonderful, amazing music. Judging from PABLO HONEY, you would have no possible inkling they would go on to record an album of such high calibre like THE BENDS, let alone OK COMPUTER. OK COMPUTER is in a whole other universe in terms of quality, critical acclaim, and rabid fan adulation compared to PABLO HONEY. Radiohead wonderfully reinvented themselves, and have become one of the most consistently interesting, thought provoking bands around these days.

So how do they do it? My personal belief is it all starts right here with this EP released in 1994, MY IRON LUNG.
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Released between 'Pablo Honey' and 'The Bends' and never released in the US, 'My Iron Lung' marks the transition from mediocre to outstanding.
I know that 22 bucks is kind of a rip-off for only eight songs, but every song presented on this unique import makes it worthwhile for any Radiohead fan....especially those partial to 'The Bends'.
'Trickster', in my opinion, is the best track here. I would have loved to have seen this song make it over to 'The Bends' along with 'My Iron Lung'. Here it is only enjoyed by Radiohead completist which isn't neccessarily a bad thing.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars for ALL the audiences Nov. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 classic album, OK Computer. But, the My Iron Lung album successfully mixes the voices of The Bends with the instrumentals of OK Computer. Any college student can relate to "You Never Wash Up After Yourself" or "Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong," and any musician, whether you like this band or not, should be able to detect the creativity and boldness in the music of this album. The power of this band, like the powers of other classic artists, is that they vary their music from album to album, and succeed in not only appealing to a different audience each time, but also retaining their old followings. The My Iron Lung album is a recording for all of these audiences, and won't stop with the OK Computer fans or The Bends fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Iron Lung and then some!! Aug. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. I could honestly say that something is missing without its brother. One unique note about this single: it was originally released as a slim line digipack (paper cover). Since then it was re-released in the normal plastic slim line. There are also 2 versions of CD1 and CD2 together with a variation. You get Creep live and one of the b-sides is live instead of recorded in the studio. I prefer the studio releases personally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Radiohead 'album' July 17 2003
By WyN
Format:Audio CD
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 really does grow on you! If you listen really carefully, you can hear the 3rd guitar slowly building up etc. If you hate radiohead, i seriously recomed cheching this out first as it totally changed my opinion on the band, and my music taste on the whole. All the songs are 10 out of 10, and i could not give any bad points about this album if i had to! Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent EP from an excellent band June 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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...), then this might sound odd to you. Nevertheless, this is classic Radiohead that is required for anyone looking to obtain the essentials.
Also, if you can find it, if you dig this record, try to find "Guy Trapped In A Situation" by a Boston indie rock band from the 90s called Slept. It's incredibly rare, but worth looking for - why these guys never took off I'll never know!!!
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