In keeping with the A to Z Challenge this month, today’s earworm is “Optimistic” by Radiohead. Again, I did not want to change my regular Wednesday theme of posting the song that pops into my head the moment that I woke up, but I put a little forethought into this earworm for the sake of the challenge.
After 1997s OK Computer, I never would have believed that Radiohead could have topped themselves. However, they did. 2000s Kid A, and 2001s Amnesiac (which I still consider 1 album that got split in two), broke new ground both musically and sonically. I could write a lengthy post about it, but it has already been done several thousands of times. Let’s just enjoy the song.
“Optimistic” is one of the few guitar-driven songs from Kid A, and has a jungle rhythm and a haunting melody that borders on discordance. The lyrics are cynical (my favorite) and sort of explain that however hard you try in the world, the world will continue to evolve without you anyway, so guess what: it’s all kind of pointless.
The big fish eat the little ones, the big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some.
Oh, and hey! remember when dinosaurs were the biggest, baddest creatures in the world? Well, where are they now? The same place that humans will be in a million years or so.
If you try the best you can, the best you can is good enough
If you try the best you can, dinosaurs roaming the Earth
Anyway, here you go. Happy Wednesday!