Radiohead wrote her own songs

Radiohead documentary at ArteNot a slave to this one song

"It all started at Abbington School, the private school they all went to."

Abbington, which is near Oxford, knows Radiohead biographer Mac Randall, at the beginning of the documentary "The world as Radiohead sees it". And a conventional band biography could get going: They met in this schoolyard, called each other "On A Friday" because they always rehearsed on Fridays. Well, these are trivia about the band that I also find out on Wikipedia.

And to anticipate that: Radiohead, the band with the iconic singer Thom Yorke, who always looks so careless to me, remains - personally - almost abstract during the 53 minutes of Benjamin Clavel's film. Yorke or guitarist Jonny Greenwood are only installed in it every now and then; Archival material or television appearances on talk shows.

George A. Reisch: "I think Thom Yorke was very afraid, after the success of 'Creep', that he would be the slave of this one song from now on."

Conjectures the philosopher George A. Reisch, while Mac Randall decides:

Mac Randall: "The meaning that 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' had for Nirvana a few years earlier is similar to what 'Creep' meant for Radiohead."

You can rub yourself

Six or seven guys in their fifties talk about the importance Radiohead had and still has to them. They dissect song texts, diligently in literary studies, or as if they wanted to write another seminar paper about their favorite band. Or they think about how much success a rock band can have without being considered adapted. Radiohead are a very good projection surface for this, because the band changed their identity several times over the decades, between stadium rock and electronic experiments. Always something on the run from the ghosts on the album before? The interpretations of the "experts" are: Quite entertaining! Because you can rub yourself against it so nicely. About Thom Yorke it says:

"This archetype goes back to Hamlet. He's the big, existentially depressed figure, the moody teenager, the grumpy student who doesn't want to dance at parties. And I think that has some philosophical validity."

What can you say about Thom Yorke, who may have turned down an interview for this documentary? - he rarely gives interviews - about his voice, which breaks off several times in each line and at the same time aims at something like lyrical infinity. It's a shame that the documentary delivers little in terms of music journalism. In between, composer Steve Reich is called in, who vaguely expresses himself about the connection between man and machine in his own music, which he sees - just as vaguely - reflected on Radiohead. But often there are platitudes like:

"Colin Greenwood is a prime example of a bassist. He doesn't get a lot of attention, but he always grooves with Phil Selway."

A little overinterpreted

The drummer. Yet. "The world as Radiohead sees it" has strong moments. When it comes to proving the influence of the Canadian author Naomi Klein on Thom Yorke's texts - again entirely from a literary point of view. Your book "No Logo" is regarded as the bible of globalization critics. And Radiohead, for example, drew the conclusion from this that they no longer work with the establishment of the music industry, i.e. the EMI label, but rather only stream their album "In Rainbows" at first. You could even pay as much as you wanted for it. The success was resounding. "In Rainbows" made more money in 2007 than any previous album.

"Like hardly any other band I know, at least for the last twenty or thirty years, Radiohead represents this time. When they say, 'The ice is melting forever' or: 'The president is a liar', you listen to them. You are fully on the subject. "

Our time, argues the documentary at the end. Radiohead is itself a media of digitization and globalization. Some things seem a bit over-interpreted. But "The world as Radiohead sees it" offers added value and is recommended. For fans or viewers who knew everything better: There is a lot to be heard from this voice.