So you’re sitting in your room, headphones on, listening to “Bodysnatchers” and marveling at how amazing it is when that crazy space noise kicks in and it actually sounds like an alien abduction. And you know The Smashing Pumpkins never came up with something so wicked.
That’s pretty much “well, DUH,” but Radiohead are far from the masters of layering. That designation goes to all those unsung artists toiling in the back kitchens of sports bars, local pubs and faux Mexican restaurants who lovingly craft Well-Layered Nachos.
Really, Colin Greenwood can come up with all the kooky sounds he wants, but the feeling you get from hearing those sounds is never going match that feeling where just when you thought you’ve decimated all the cheese, jalapenos and salsa that got gooped on top of your nachos, there it is — BAM — a whole other layer of cheese, beans, onion and whathaveyou carefully inserted deep in your tortilla chip mount. That’s not about managing sound effects, that’s about true master craftsmanship and care for humanity.
Without such well-crafted foodstuffs the world would be a far poorer place. There can be no doubt that Well-Layered Nachos are better than Radiohead.