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A supergroup of Tulsa musicians play Radiohead’s seminal third album, OK Computer, in its entirety.



Rumors have been swirling around the Internet about the imminent release of Radiohead’s ninth studio album. The band released their last two albums, 2007’s In Rainbows and 2011’s The King of Limbs, with little advance warning, and some are saying the new release could be within days. This, combined with the recent announcement of a string of tour dates, which all sold out immediately, is causing something of a fever pitch among fans, admittedly myself included, anxiously awaiting new sounds from one of the very best bands of our time.

While the band is leaving us in the dark about what’s coming, and as anticipation grows, there couldn’t be a better time for a supergroup of local musicians to play some of Radiohead’s most beloved music. And on Friday at Fassler Hall, that’s exactly what we’ll get.

The supergroup will consist of Costa Upson, Paul Benjaman, Chris Combs, Corey Mauser, Aaron Boehler, Andrew Bones, and Nathan Price. And the music they’ll play is Radiohead’s extraordinary third album OK Computer.

Though the album was released almost 19 years ago, its lyrics, about feeling out of place among all of the buzzes and blips and banality of everyday life in the modern world, are as relatable now as they’ve ever been, maybe more so. Sonically, OK Computer was a huge leap forward for Radiohead, and it made them one of the biggest bands in the world.

As to what we can expect “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “No Surprises,” et al. to sound like in the hands of some of Tulsa’s best, I’m thrilled to have no idea. The show’s Facebook page indicates the album will be played “front to back,” so we can assume the song sequence will be familiar. Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether we’ll hear faithful reproductions of the songs or some inspired excursions from the sound of the source material.

As I have no idea how many dozens or hundreds of times I’ve listened to OK Computer since the copy I borrowed from my older sister first filled my Discman headphones on a family road trip, and though the album is just about perfect as is, I’m hoping for some new perspectives on the tunes. Given the talent and track record of the players, I’d say it’s a safe bet.

It’s gonna be a glorious day.

 

Radiohead’s OK Computer Front to Back

Friday, March 25, 9 p.m.

Fassler Hall, $10 at the door

 

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