On their second album, The Bends, Radiohead took a huge leap of faith stepping away from the grungy “Creep” sound that made them famous—and the gamble paid off. Guitar World looks back and celebrates the 20th anniversary of that pivotal album.
Okay, so you have your headphones out—what do you want to listen to? Something beautiful? Something cool? Something you’ve never heard before? How about all three? The following are six tracks by five of your favorite bands worth putting under the microscope for reasons listed below. Enjoy!
Danielia Cotton has not had it easy. But lucky for us, she channels her pain and suffering into kick ass musical creations that we can all enjoy. Case in point, her new album The Real Book, brought to you here exclusively in its entirety.
Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this OK Computer anthem.
No band has done more in moving rock forwards over the last quarter century than Radiohead. And although they are well known for their seamless incorporation of electronics into rock, what is lost on many traditionalist detractors of the band is just what an incredible guitar band they are. In that same vein, when the band turns the volume down and goes acoustic, magic ensues
These videos are bonus content related to the Holiday 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).