“I don’t care to belong to any club that will have Bon Jovi as a member.”
– Groucho Marx
On April 14, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct several worthwhile acts and Bon Jovi. Over the next month, Tunes du Jour will spotlight artists that are eligible for induction (i.e. they commercially released their debut recording at least 25 years ago), but have not been inducted as they are not as talented, innovative or influential as Bon Jovi.
First up – Radiohead. Though on the short list of acts being considered for induction this year, the group was passed over by the nominating committee, the same committee that approved for inclusion Bon Jovi.
A listen to the Radiohead’s catalogue, a sample of which is presented below, reveals a group that often changed its sound, not wishing to repeat past successes. They surprise their fans with the appearance of new releases and what those new releases sound like. Songs of theirs often morph into something unexpected midway through. Their release strategies since leaving Capitol/Parlophone Records have been as surprising as the music contained thereon.
Still, they never sang “Sometimes you tell the day by the bottle that you drink / And times when you’re all alone, all you do is think.” Do you know who did? Bon Jovi.
Here are twenty of Radiohead’s finest tunes.