That’s right, Radiohead’s monumental OK Computer is turning 20 in just a couple months.
Few albums have aged as well as OK Computer: Paranoid Android is still just as bizarre and adventurous, Climbing Up the Walls just as haunting, and shit Karma Police is a unfortunately even more relevant today than in ’97.
Ah 20. That odd “I-still-can’t-drink-at-bars” birthday is a bit melancholy in a strange way. Have to start wrapping up that teen angst and deciding whether or not you’ll start being a real person. Kind of the perfect birthday for an album released in that awkward inbetween stage in our culture. A time where the internet was big, but nowhere near as ubiquitous as today, where online presence was just beginning to connect and isolate ourselves at the same time. The perfect background to lead OK Computer into its sad, angst-ridden, and tragically hip teen years.
OK Computer, you’re probably the best album of the ’90s but its time to get it together. You have to start thinking if you can actually make any money with that art history major of yours. You’re in your second year of college and you still haven’t taken your science or math credits. You can’t just hang around at the coffee shop all day talking about how technology is going to destroy the world anymore… even if you are right.