James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 16: Pablo Honey

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If only there were a way to get to the sixteenth letter of the alphabet without referencing the immortal Blockbusters joke, “I’ll have a ‘P’ please Bob”

But there isn’t, so I did.

Obviously the above reference may mean nothing to you, particularly if you didn’t watch the quiz show Blockbusters in the 80s and 90s, when it was presented by the late great Bob Holness.

But let us not dwell on that now, because it has no relevance to the rest of this post.

Except that it is now time for us all to have a ‘P’…


P is for Pablo Honey


It would be almost unthinkable to do any kind of 90s retrospective on music without including Radiohead. But I assumed I’d probably go with ‘OK Computer’, given that it is oft regarded as one of the greatest records of all time.

And ‘OK Computer’ was an album that saw me through some pretty dark times in my younger days and for a very long time it didn’t leave my CD player.

But actually the same could be said for Radiohead’s debut album, ‘Pablo Honey’. It is, admittedly, regarded by many critics as by far their weakest album and, from what I’ve read, it doesn’t appear to be beloved by the band themselves.

But whether it’s as good as the rest of Radiohead’s back catalogue is not really the point. When it came out there were no other Radiohead albums to compare it to, and frankly I was around fourteen years old at the time, so I liked it for what it was.

And what it was, was a pretty decent collection of rock songs.

It might lack the innovation of later Radiohead albums, but it was certainly more accessible. Lets be honest, even the most die-hard Radiohead fan would have to admit that some of their later stuff is hard work. ‘Kid A’ grew on me eventually, but it took a long time.

I loved Pablo Honey the first time I heard it, and I still love it now.

If anyone else had released it, it would be probably be considered a great album in its own right and it seems unfair that it suffers in the shadows of it’s more accomplished siblings.

And it does contain one of the stand-out tracks of the nineties in Creep.

  19 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 16: Pablo Honey

  1. Bryntin
    April 18, 2020 at 9:54 am

    What are we going to bet that Rivergirl has heard of this lot? Although possibly not this album.
    I did try it after The Bends and OK Computer and quickly decided that where they were headed was better than where they had been.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. April 18, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Damn…. I know Radiohead.
    Well, it was nice while it lasted.

    Liked by 2 people

    • April 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      I feared this would be a stumbling block


  3. April 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    I agree with everything you said. It took me a while to “get” Radiohead. And it is still often way above me, but this album is easier to listen. Nice choice again.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 19, 2020 at 8:55 am

      Thanks again 😀


  4. April 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Now you’re talking! Sadly, it lack ‘greatness’ only because, for most, it pales in the shadow of the three albums that followed it. I find it slightly ‘difficult’, but without it, no ‘The Bends’, no ‘OK Computer’… Not, in my opinion, one of their best, but you will struggle to find a greater first album and, damn it! I have to go and play it right now!

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    • April 19, 2020 at 8:57 am

      Certainly not many bands would have the luxury of being able to claim they can do better than this but fair play to Radiohead they’ve done it multiple times

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  5. Bryntin
    April 18, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I may be going mad, or maybe an earlier comment I made has been sent to your spam folder… which is an understandable situation really… but in that one I offered the opinion that this would be the post where Rivergirl finally recognised a band. It appears that was correct so you owe me £5. (I don’t think I told you about the £5 until now, but a bet’s a bet)

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      It and this did both go to the spam folder, which not a good place to be. I delved into the murky depths and retrieved both. Unfortunately my retrieval fee is £5 so while agree that you did win the bet, I’m afraid that the best I can do on this occasion is write off the debt you accrued by using my spam folder…

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      • Bryntin
        April 18, 2020 at 9:56 pm

        Tough but fair.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. April 18, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I love Radiohead–I’ll listen to pretty much anything Thom Yorke does:-)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. April 18, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Wow! An album I also own!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. April 18, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I know these guys! My roomie, back when I was a spring chicken, loved them. They were too alternative or punky for me.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 19, 2020 at 8:59 am

      They are quite alternative and frankly a lot of work but I’m with your roomie!


  9. April 18, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Love, love, love Radiohead, and this is special!

    Liked by 1 person

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