Celebrate 17 Years of Radiohead's 'Kid A'


Believe it not, but it's been 17 years since the world first heard songs which became what we can now call original Radiohead, including 'Everything In Its Right Place,' 'Idioteque,' and eponymous 'Kid A.' Although late 90's and early 00's were great times for music and experiments with sound, 'Kid A' became a benchmark of well-thought sound for everybody in the music industry as well as for music lovers. What challenged and confounded Radiohead's audience was a sudden 'yes' to synthesizers and drum-machines and 'no' to rough guitar riffs or noises. As Thom Yorke told The Guardian:

Every time I picked up a guitar I just got the horrors. I would start writing a song, stop after 16 bars, hide it away in a drawer, look at it again, tear it up, destroy it

Having been influenced by the electronics of Aphex Twin and Autechre, Yorke tried and succeeded in using his vocals as an instrument rather than a leading role, as it used to be ever since Pablo Honey.
Although the album was leaked on Napster three weeks before the official release, dropping 'Kid A' on the masses Radiohead's made it clear that the LP isn't what Thom York and the band used to be. Having received critical acclaim, it remains one of the most influential albums being included to all tops and charts as 'the bravest album by Radiohead.'