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The Greatest Songs Ever: Radiohead's 'Fake Plastic Trees'

Johnny Black, Blender, Summer 2003

MOST BANDS SPEND years trying to score a hit single, but Radiohead have spent years trying to live one down. 'Creep' took America by storm in 1993, establishing the Oxford, England, quintet as a transatlantic grunge standard-bearer. Consequently, they found themselves faced with enormous pressure to repeat the success of 'Creep' by replicating its style. But although its success was welcome, the song was decidedly atypical of Radiohead's music.

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