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
3. There There
4. 15 Step
5. Kid A
7. All I Need
8. The Gloaming
9. National Anthem
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)
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