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Why The Karma Police are better than Radiohead

By: Bobby Finstock on 08/14/08 @ 9:24 am

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Radiohead in concert for the first time in my entire life. This concert has been over 12 years in the making and was the first time I had a real opportunity to see them live. Last Fall I had the pleasure of seeing The Karma Police, a Radiohead tribute band. Now I know logically this isn’t going to make any sense but the Karma Police were better. Even though Radiohead conceived, wrote, recorded, and sold their albums and the Karma Police were covering their music, the Karma Police were still better.   Here are my reasons why.

(Please note: My judgment may be slanted because I drank half a bottle of Captain Morgan’s before going to the Karma police show.)

-I worked with the leader singer of the Karma Police; I have never worked with Thom Yorke in any sort of professional capacity.

-I can was able to make jokes to the leader singer of the Karma Police like:
“So is watching the movie ˜Rock Star’ like watching porn for you?”
“Have you ever made a girl shit in a kitty litter box in order to get backstage?”
And numerous others I can remember.

-I can’t make requests to Thom Yorke, although he did play the one song I wanted the other night. Maybe we have a telepathic connection. I might need to potentially explore this.

-I was able to see the Karma Police in a small bar with maybe a hundred people. I saw Radiohead at the Comcast Center with like 18,000. Parking is much easier with just a hundred people.

-Thom Yorke has never high fived he from stage nor sent me a shout out.

-Nobody from Radiohead drank with me between sets.

-I did not black out at Radiohead and wondered how I got home. Wait that might be a strike against the Karma Police, now that I think about it, yeah it is a strike against them.

By the way if you live in Buffalo you can see the Karma Police at Broadway Joe’s on August 22nd. Virginities will be lost that night… Or so I have heard.

I am going back to laying on the couch now.

What is the best cover/tribute band you have ever seen?

Setlist from last night

1. Reckoner
2. Optimistic
3. There There
4. 15 Step
5. Kid A
6. Nude
7. All I Need
8. The Gloaming
9. National Anthem
10. Videotape
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
12. The Bends
13. Faust Arp
14. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Exit Music (for a film)
17. Bodysnatchers
18. House of Cards
19. I Might Be Wrong
20. Paranoid Android
21. Wolf at the Door
22. How To Disappear Completely

23. Cymbal Rush
24. Karma Police
25. Idioteque

About the author

Bobby Finstock

Finstock is founder of Pointlessbanter.net. He is known for his encyclopedia like knowledge on the life and times of Scott Baio. In the future he hopes to write again under his own name in order to impress the ladies and build his celebrity to the levels of other failed internet writers.

18 Responses to “Why The Karma Police are better than Radiohead”

  1. Carolyn says:

    Happy hangover!

  2. Vince says:

    I’m not much for cover bands but I did see the Silver Beats (an all japanese Beatles tribute band) last week and they were pretty good.

  3. Jeremy says:

    BC/DC is one of the best tribute bands.

  4. Marcie says:

    cover bands are almost…(almost) always great because they arent as full of themselves and there is always a smaller crowed around

  5. E says:

    I opened for Hell’s Belles once – an all-girl AC/DC tribute band. They were pretty awesome.

    I’ve never seen “Tragedy” but the husband was kind enough to get me a CD for my birthday. Tragedy is an 80’s heavy metal Bee Gees tribute band, and even if you don’t like the Bee Gees, which I don’t, Tragedy is awesome.

  6. Sophie says:

    I don’t know if they were big, or even heard of stateside, bu The Complete Stone Roses are the closest thing to getting to see the real Stone Roses; simply amazing.

    I’m not funny enough to make a satirical comment, go on, rip into me, just make sure you go see The Complete Stone Roses.

  7. Jeff says:

    I absolutely loathe Radiohead.

  8. Karl Rove says:

    I haven’t seen them, but ever heard of Lez Zeppelin? Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

  9. shawn says:

    I’ve Seen The Karma Police before. Great tribute to one of the best bands in the world! You can check them out at http://www.myspace.com/tkpmusic

  10. PitChiK says:

    You may not of heard of any of these but these are some of the best cover/tribute bands I’ve seen, all from the Dallas, TX area:

    Crabtree (no longer together)
    Profesor D (I think they’re still together, they’re funk and awesome. They chik in the group is way hot!)
    I can’t remember the name exactly but it had the word monkey in the name and they covered Beatles stuff and were sweet!

    Yeah seen all these guys wasted off my arse so I my judgement might be off, but they was good 5-7 years ago!

  11. This was a waste of time says:

    You’re a dueche.

    • You mean douche idiot.

      • LightGrenade says:

        Lol, fuck that guy. That’s a bad ass set list man. It takes balls to cover Radiohead, and it’s cool they were already doing their new stuff in August.

        I love Radiohead, and In Rainbows is simply an amazing album. Nude, All I Need, Jigsaw….fucking awesome.

        They even do Idioteque?! Do they use all the effects and shit? I think there’s a theremin on that song, lol.

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