Loungers' Monday

Radiohead’s debut album Pablo Honey has been re released this year and comes as a 2 disc set featuring acoustic and live performances of songs from the original album and therefore I would like the subject of my Loungers’ Monday to be on the album that changed the face of rock music as we know it! 

1993 was an amazing year with a small Oxford band about to influence what rock music is today. Grunge was dead and proper guitar based rock was about to make its way into the discerning music listener's life again, popularly called the "New wave of new wave." Spearheading this movement were Radiohead, and Pablo Honey set the foundations of an absolute genius in music.

No-one could imagine at the time how important this band would become in the progression of music, and amazingly this first album, which spawned one of the best songs of all time (Creep) has been neglected by the band itself. 

Sure like most debut albums by rock bands Pablo Honey is rough and naïve and easy to retrospectively criticise but then rare are debut albums which are perfect. 

The main problem of this album was the immense success of the song Creep that became more an issue than a help. In the US they became “that Creep band” and when the single finally became a hit in the UK a similar treatment followed. To this day Radiohead seem embarrassed by their beginnings, it is a rare set that features any of the tracks featured on Pablo Honey, let alone ‘Creep’ which the band refused to perform for years!

Pablo Honey certainly does not deserve such shoddy treatment. Whilst Radiohead would indeed go onto build magnificently on the foundations displayed in their debut album with their subsequent pair of peerless releases, there are some fantastic songs on it. 

Sure Pablo Honey lacks the sheer quality of The Bends or the stunning audacity and ambition of Ok Computer, but this hardly makes it worthless. There are enough excellent moments here to make it a more then worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection. 

Loungers' Monday
hats off to you sir, not only do you have impecable taste in
04/06/2009 - 23:17
watches but you sure know your music
in the same category of music, alternative rock , i like "the cure" ..
04/07/2009 - 13:21
and " coldplay".  there was a time when " the cranberries" was rave with their unique vocal and rock style that spun off a diva in asia called "faye wong" who imitated the vocal technique and subsequently developed her own style of alternative.  for a start, u may want to try this album called "random thoughts" .
04/07/2009 - 15:02
My raving/clubbing days in college and the years after were all spent in places that played The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, The Clash, etc.  This was during the second half of the 80's, beginning of the 90s.  I still love the music from those days.  Thank goodness for ipods and earphones, as my wife is from China and grew up on classical music.  While I love classical music, she most definitely doesn't feel the same way about alternative/new wave. BR, Dan
Disintegration is one of my all time favorite albums! (nt)
04/07/2009 - 19:32
I know I am late but...
04/07/2009 - 15:31
I was in Venice until yesterday evening (I have such a tough life). If by any chance you intend to pay a visit to this amazing place (and spend hours getting lost in those narrow streets ), you should pay a visit to a small exhibit taking place in the San Barnaba Church about Leonardo Da Vinci's machines. It presents machines built from Leonardo's codex drawings and instructions and  there is no doubt that this man was a true genius. Some of his work even finds itself in your beautiful watches Some of these machines are interactive ones so you can try first hand and see how they work. It's great fun and it takes place in a beautiful place. I have a soft spot for the flying machines. Here is the link to the websiteLeonardo's machines
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04/07/2009 - 17:24
Try the Musee d'Arts et Metiers in Paris.. great stuff including flying machines. Regards, JB
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04/07/2009 - 20:59
Thanks for the tip JB. It's been on my list for quite some time. Just have to kick myself in the butt and go
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04/07/2009 - 21:42
Its a great little find! Not crowded (usually just school groups), easy to get to and well organized. There are even a few watches there I was there last April after the SIHH, may go back on my next trip to Paris. Regards, Joseph
Real stuff!
04/07/2009 - 16:47
Released November 1968! Mostly recorded at Abbey Road. The White Album, each album numberd More stuff and even more pics and on the backside the lyrics  To be honest I was quite bored of them at that time and prefered CCR Hej, Doc
And Kid A
04/07/2009 - 17:08
I have Pablo Honey and Kid A here in my office, haven't gotten the new one yet but I have heard it and like it. I have been a big punk rock - grunge fan; ever since I kicked my Beatles addiction. I even owned a bar/music club back in the 80's. Radiohead took longer to break here in the states than say Nirvana. I think I agree that "freak" kinda set them back a bit. They were stereotyped as a garage rock - grunge band, which they weren't. Now it seems like the new wave is really comming from bands like Radiohead, and Portishead, and not from the states. If anyone say they like "Nickleback" they are going to be bannished to the AP forum! I still listen to some of the old stuff, Joy Division, Roxy Music, Stevie Wonder, you know, the classics. Geez, looking at this, I'm starting to feel old! I guess I'll have to put on some CCR and open a six pack tonight.
Hanoi Rocks did a great cover of CCR's Up Around the Bend in
04/07/2009 - 20:58
the 80sclick here to listen Finland doesn't only have great watchmakers but one hell of a cool rock band
My favourite kind of music is from other fairy tale...
04/07/2009 - 18:34
I like Slipknot
I got to love quite many extreme metal bands.
04/08/2009 - 07:48
Mostly from Scandinavian countries though... Ensiferum, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Wintersun, Norther, Nightwish, Epica, After Forever and  numerous other melodic black/death metal acts.  I have a confession:                  ..."My name is Rei. I wear VCs and I bang my head! Kitos"...
"My name is Dan, I love VCs, I used to slam dance" :-) (nt)
04/08/2009 - 11:02
Re: I got to love quite many extreme metal bands.
04/09/2009 - 02:14
Hi Rei. If you are a fan of death metal, I would like to recommend You two great Polish bands: Vader and Behemoth. Best regards Mariusz
I have heard of both names but only heard of Behemoth's song.
04/09/2009 - 06:27
There's so many good ones out there...I like with the twist of folk element like Ensiferum/Equilibrium/Eluveitie/Finntroll...a mixture between old & modern. Kinda like watches   Am I blabbering here?  Thanks for the info!
As far as music is concerned...
04/07/2009 - 21:06
Here is what puts a smile on my face at the moment. I have seen him live and he's just amazing : a voice, a guitare and here it is. Enjoy!!!  Meet Raul Midon
Great info here...............
04/12/2009 - 19:38
Never know what new things I will learn here with the Loungers, lol. Thanks for sharing! Matt