Thanks, Cracked – I never realised that Radiohead’s In Rainbows and OK Computer secretly form one giant double album:
Radiohead’s In Rainbows came out on 10/10/2007, 10 years after OK Computer … As Puddlegum explains, “To create the 01 and 10 playlist, begin with OK Computer’s track one, “Airbag,” and follow this with In Rainbow’s track one, “15 Step.” Alternate the albums, track by track, until you reach “Karma Police” on OK Computer, making “All I Need” the tenth track on the 01 and 10 playlist.” It’s not that they sound nice together; it’s that these songs were definitely meant to make us s*** our pants when played like this.
Let’s try it, shall we?
1. Airbag (OK Computer)
2. 15 Step (In Rainbows)
3. Paranoid Android (OK Computer)
7. Exit Music (For A Film) (OK Computer)
8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
9. Let Down (OK Computer)
10. All I Need (In Rainbows)
11. Karma Police (OK Computer)
12. Fitter Happier (OK Computer)
13. Faust Arp (In Rainbows)
14. Electioneering (OK Computer)
15. Reckoner (In Rainbows)
16. Climbing Up The Walls (OK Computer)
17. House Of Cards (In Rainbows)
18. No Surprises (OK Computer)
Whether there was some secret decade-long plan to make the tracks off each album flow seamlessly into one another, or whether it’s just coincidence that the result is ear-pleasing, the albums seem to work better combined than individually. Surprisingly so. The combination seems to play to the strengths of both albums and dilute their weaknesses, bringing out the eye-watering beauty of the strings on Faust Arp and the energy of the guitars on Electioneering. While I passionately loved OK Computer and was deeply impressed with In Rainbows, I felt that there were sluggish moments, particularly on the latter. The stronger tracks seemed to be weighed down by the dreamy meanderings of the quieter songs. This reordering somehow adds a vibrancy even to what felt like fillers on In Rainbows, making them feel like music you’d play while driving down a country road at 3am. Contrasted with the fuzzy guitars-and-electronics sound of OK Computer, the lush violins on In Rainbows feel luxurious and moving.
I now have happy ears.