You're probably right there about the imagine. Radiohead are middle class public school boys, don't dress like pop stars, and do a very businesslike, if impressive, live show.
But yes, radiohead's sound, aprticularly on OK Computer, was cose to an experimental Morrisseyesque sound. The main difference between ok computer and southpaw grammar is the quality of the songwriting, which favours radiohead, and the musical complexity and quality of production. Vauxhall was closer to a softer ok computer in that it had the songs, and some eclectic styles with experimental moments here and there. If Morrissey just had the guts to sit down and make something daring and unusual, I believe he has the musicians to pull it off in grand style.
He's already done it with individual songs like "Teachers" "pigsty" and "lifeguard sleeping" using the musicians he has now. WHy not empower himself and make an entire album of such brave, expansive songs?
I love Morrissey's pop aesthetic and I adore the breezier stuff like IBEH and Alma Matters but I would love to see him beat raidohead at their own game and he could - easily! His musicians are excellent, all he needs is the bravery to say "let's do it" and to hire the right kind of producer - nigel goodrich or brian eno for example.
But that's in the future. Right now, he's got a fantastic album out called ringleader of the tormentors and it seems like his finest ever solo album. I love it and I'm glad he made it - I just want to hear Morrissey doing an avant garde prog rock album at some point!
> Yes, I agree, and, well, I don't mean to fawn unnecessarily, but it seems
> to me that the band is simply full of virtuosic musicians. Some people can
> play any instrument, and there's at least 3 of those people in Radiohead.
> Morrissey - yes, I suspect he probably dislikes Thom Yorke's lyrics and
> style of vocal delivery. It's not that Thom Yorke's lyrics are bad
> (usually), but quite rarely are they the best part of the song, which has
> often been the case with Morrissey. Also, I'd imagine it's significant
> that Radiohead are not much to look at. Aside from Thom looking weird
> (actually I think he's rather cute but, you know, obviously not patterned
> after Morrissey's favorite models of masculinity) and Johnny having those
> cheekbones (+ditto), there's not much to see. Usually, Radiohead seem to
> deliberately deflect that kind of attention, which Morrissey never has,
> the New York Dolls didn't, James Dean certainly didn't, etc. Radiohead
> never get terribly glammed up.
> Also, Radiohead's live shows don't sound hugely different from the album,
> and they hardly interact with the audience at all during gigs, so, that's
> quite a contrast to Morrissey's approach. Obviously nobody storms the
> stage to hug Thom Yorke.
> When he listens to the instrumentation, though, I honestly can't fathom
> why Morrissey doesn't like Radiohead. It sounds like The Smiths AND it
> sounds like Morrissey's solo work! I don't get it.
> I agree with you that The Bends and OK Computer are absolutely gorgeous
> records. I am one of those odd ones out who likes Kid A the best.
> love, math+