Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy
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The British rock band Radiohead are an unusually introspective and downbeat group of musicians, which would make them unlikely candidates for international pop stardom. But against all odds, that's what happened to them in the wake of a hit single, "Creep," and press notices that have made them one of the most talked about English groups of the 1990s. In Meeting People Is Easy, director Grant Gee watches the band as they record their third album, the highly acclaimed OK Computer, then head out for an international tour, playing concerts and promoting the record in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Anyone expecting high-spirited hijinks in the manner of This Is Spinal Tap will be quickly disappointed (though anyone expecting high spirits from Radiohead has probably never heard their music). Meeting People Is Easy focuses on the downside of life on the road, as the band is booked into a long series of non-descript arenas, invited to perform on award shows where they clearly feel out of place, and repeatedly answer the same questions from an endless parade of journalists, with lead singer Thom Yorke often seeming to buckle under the strain. Meeting People Is Easy received a brief theatrical release in the United States prior to its bow on home video through the band's American record label, Capitol.
A great film for anyone wanting to witness a band on the brink
When I first watched this film, I was fairly new to Radiohead and still very new to the album Ok Computer, the album this movie primarily focuses on. Until I'd seen this, I was used to the much more singable first 2 albums of the band. When I heard OK Computer the first couple of times, then saw this film shortly afterward, it was like being introduced to the REAL Radiohead. Anyone asking themselves, "Why does Radiohead never play "Creep" at their concerts?" might get an answer here. This movie takes the viewer into the dark (and much more interesting) side of the band during their production of OK Computer and the subsequent international tour that followed. Not an especially happy movie, but definitely worth watching. Thom Yorke compares the media and fame to a constant "refrigerator buzz" that never stops...this movie highlights that in many ways. Highly recommended!
They were not portrayed in best light.
I found this documentary to be pretty intense and gloomy. They wanted to show the other side to fame and success , the negative things that come along with it, but instead,to me, it felt like it portrayed radiohead being kind of diva-ish. Great band , great music.. And its just the music that saves this documentary.
Success and Radiohead = Perfect cHaOs
One of the best visual pieces of art ever made.