OK Computer Analysis
"Er, yes, it's pretty dreadful but it's the best we could
come up with at the time. But it's awful, I hate it, it's fucking rubbish." -Thom
on the OK Computer artwork
"Actually I love the cover, because it all came together in the same studio, and seeing it develop alongside the music, it becomes much more personal. It does have a very distinctive style, I don't think there's been a cover like that before." -Phil on the OK Computer artwork
Maybe you'll see pictures...
|Apparently, if you look carefully at the layout of the lyrics for Lucky, you can see a guy getting out of the lake. Well i strained my eyes quite hard to see anything, and i guess i can make out some bloke...But he looks like a superhero to me... Apparently, most of the lyrics are laid out for some particular reason or another. You decide what it is...|
|The Back Page
OK Computer Single Artwork Analysis:
|Karma Police (UK release)
rotate the sleeve 90 degrees counter clockwise, and you can see the cardbord
bomb shelter is covered by a red family symbol. underneath the symbol, the word
'protect' is seen.
Vota Idiota (the Polaroid on the back of the sleeve) is Portuguese for 'Vote You Idiot.' May be related to the line in the song "Bring down the government." On the front cover, under the car, the line 'SUCH A PRETTY HOUSE' has been taken from Thom's notebook.
The number on the airbag cover 1426148550 (dialed from the States as 011-44-1-426-148-550) was actually a US telephone number. People who rung up the number received an message with a voice saying "Hello?" People could leave a message, but no one knows who received it. In fact, the number was for thom's old pager and the voice was indeed thom's. Pager apparently has since been discontinued, so don't bother trying to phone anymore. Nobody knows what happened to the messages.
|----> ??||It was pointed out to me that in Microsoft paint, the 'select' tool thing (circled left) resembles the 'against demons' shape. Although all radiohead members own computers, their preferred computers are macs, so this is probably a total coincidence. but it's interesting to see the similarities.|
Fitter Happier: The sample from 'flight of the condor' was used on this track. In the background, this piece of dialogue is looped throughout the song:
This is the Panic Office,
A Reminder: The beginning of 'A Reminder' has a recording of a lady talking from a Czech subway. The lady is saying, "Please enter and exit... The doors are closing... The next stop is Jiriho z Dodebrad."
How I Made My Millions: If you listen carefully in
the background, you can hear something that sounds like someone washing the dishes... and
it is! It is Thom's girlfriend, Rachel, doing the dishes. This song was
recorded at Thom's home on his dilapidated piano using his minidisc recorder.
(OKC CD scan thanks to Merche, even tho i didn't get permission first)
(also thanks to Vanessa & Shani and Wil)