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Given the Travis "anytime, anyplace, anywhere" gigging ethic, it seems only fitting that they should be named after Harry Dean Stanton's wanderlust-filled character in Paris, Texas. The consensus among pop's illuminati is that, even in boys-with-guitars-jaded 1997, these Glaswegian troubadours have enough callow brilliance to succeed where other next- big-things have failed. Tonight, they're the zingy, lean cuisine before Cast's increasingly indigestible meat-and-potatoes Brit-beat. With the cock-sure front of waltzer fare-collectors, they proceed to trounce our senses with a bumper box of sonic fireworks which includes Radiohead-esque ballads and "new glam-aesthetic" stompalongs. From the bombastic thrum of "All I Want To Do Is Rock" to the Ramones-like simplicity of "Happy", Travis connect and enthrall.

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riffs Alanis Morissette on Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

I'm the kind of person who has a different favourite song every week but this week it's "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead. I was looking through video reels to decide on a director for my first video and I saw their promo for that song. I remember being moved by the video but the song just left me speechless.

Self-doubting Thomas

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Tuned in

Jeez, what a chorus. It's so big... Not the swollen guitars in the singalong bits in Radiohead's songs from new album The Bends but the howling one- voice praise it has come in for. Nobody sensible is prepared to risk once again underrating the Oxford band, which no-one gave tuppence for until they shifted several hundred thousand records in America on the back of the single "Creep". Now Radiohead are comfortable, respected by critics and confident that their hybrid way with epic tunesmithery is a winner. It goes like this: take post-Smiths indie boy inadequacy lyrics, add lite- metal orchestration (see single "My Iron Lung") and you stun all-comers into blustering laudatory mantras like "Radiohead are the next U2". The fact that singer Thom Yorke still looks like an anonymous "one of us" but yodels like an angel with leather kegs and tattered wings helps no end as well. Will we swoon to their anthems along with those by Bon Jovi in five years time? Who knows. The fact that Radiohead are a self-made, bona fide phenomenon rather than a six-month hype makes their sophisticate rock smell credible enough for now.
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