I bought a pair of headphones the other day. Sony HDR-V6s. I've been thinking about buying a pair for a while and when they were on offer at amazon with 50% off the offer was too good to pass on.
Anyway, the first thing I listened to was "house of cards" by radiohead. And it got me thinking. A while ago there was a programme on the BBC explaining Jackson Pollock's paintings. One thing from that programme stuck with me. Before I'd thought his paintings just looked like a bit of a mess, but it turns out several of them will have a quite ordered monochrome painting with random colours splattered over the top (or vice versa). When you know about it it's then impossible to see the underlying pattern beneath the chaos.
And so this got me thinking while listening to the song. Perhaps it's easier to see this visually, so here's radiohead playing the song live on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj8ckSAAOK0 If you watch it, there's the constant underlying pattern of Thom Yorke playing a particular riff with Phil Selway providing a constant drum pattern over the top and Colin Greenwood providing the occasional bass riff. This barely changes throughout the whole song. Then over the top there's the chaotic sounds of Ed O'Brian with some percussive sounds and the occasional riff and Jonny Greenwood doing stunt guitar and general noise.
It just struck me that this could be the musical equivalent of a Jackson Pollock.