Anyone Can Play Guitar (single)

Ce single, désormais objet de collection, est le seul support qui contient la face B tout aussi rare ’coke babies’. La chanson avait fait un petit tabac, puisque le Melody Maker du 23 janvier 1993 en avait fait le ’single de l’année’. Le single était sorti sur la lancée !

La peinture sur la couverture est intitulée ’goo goo’ et de Lisa bunny jones.


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Their second single, “Anyone Can play Guitar” was a Melody Maker “Single of the Week” and Music Week “Pick of the Week” and became Radiohead’s first Top 40 single, peaking at number 32 in the UK.
— 16 août 1993

Effectivement, le Melody Maker du 23 janvier 1993 en fait le single de la semaine :

WITH this multi-faceted gem, Radiohead’s star status will surely be assured. That’ll be a nice irony, because “Anyone Can Play Guitar” is essentially about rock stardom, and the sorry mental state of most of these who dedicate their lives to its pursuit.
The irony doesn’t end there. Thom Yorke’s ingenious lyric acknowledges the distance between rock rhetoric and reality – “…And if the worm does turn, and if London burns / I’ll be standing on a beach with my guitar” – but the sound of the song is vibrant and urgent enough to leave you feeling like music is the most vital thing in the world.
It’s well worth sticking around for the bonus tracks, too. “Faithless, The Wonder Boy” is a sweet, lilting little number spiked with chemical references and desperate anguish, while “Coke Babies” alternately drifts dreamily by and explodes into violent storms of shimmering guitar noise.
So now we know for sure that the mighty “Creep” was no fluke – and I’M left counting the weeks to the release of this priceless band’s debut album. Not long to go now, thankfully.
— Melody Maker



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