Radiohead – Electioneering

You’re not really “into” music if you don’t dig Radiohead. Or so hipsters will tell you. The comedian Adam Carolla is fond of saying how people try to make claims that they appreciated Radiohead first. So early, in fact, that they were fans when the band members were zygotes.

Which is all curious given that progressive rock is often criticized for being bombastic noodling.

Electioneering is from the band’s revered OK Computer album (1997). It is a cynical satire from the perspective of a politician that will do most anything for a vote. ¬†Slandering elected representatives for lacking principle is probably an easy target and the blame for such wishy-washiness could also be directed at the voting public that have high expectations, and even contradictory ones of their governments.

The song also references the IMF. This is the International Monetary Fund. It is a member organization of nearly 200 countries which tries to oversee and promote the financial health of its members and others. Going back to 1945, the IMF is criticized for not having a fair understanding of local needs and situations in countries where it is working to reduce poverty. As well, that this nongovernmental organization (NGO) is correspondingly insensitive to developing countries and a puppet tool for the richer ones. IMF loan conditions are cited as unforgiving and invasive, in this regard. Likewise, the lyrics of the song bleat that politicians move us backward.

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