No Surprises - Radiohead (1997)
It had to have been because we were distracted. While we were reveling in Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and a covers album from G'n'R in 1993, Radiohead was simply overlooked. Sure, "Creep" was a great single, but you could just tell that they were going to be another flash in the pan that the record companies were constantly shipping out during those heady days when Kurt was still alive and alternative reigned supreme. Then, about two years later, you hear "Fake Plastic Trees", and you wonder how it's possible you didn't hear it coming. How could a band show such growth after one album? Now, flash forward to 1997, and watch your mind melt as you listen to the best concept album since The Wall. In an album stocked to the brim with classics, OK Computer's third single has always been the toppermost of the poppermost for me. The vulnerability in Thom Yorke's vocals, the simple guitar motif, and the groundbreaking music video captured a moment of greatness that Radiohead has refused to let go of for the last 13 years. The fact that they are so far removed from the styles formed on OK Computer yet still maintain the same level of artistic integrity always keeps me guessing at what treasures these gents will unearth next.
If Yanni had played this Live At The Acropolis, I would have been the biggest new age fan you ever did see :)