Pablo Honey Album is by Radiohead, the English alternative rock band. Their debut studio album was released on the 22nd of February 1993 under the record label Parlophone in the United Kingdom and Capitol Records in the United States.
It was recorded between September and November 1992 at Courtyard Studios and Chipping Norton Recording Studios in Oxfordshire, England. Production for the Pablo Honey album was done by Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie, who had worked with the likes of the Pixies and The Lemonheads. Additional production work was done by Chris Hufford.
The name for the album comes from a routine of prank calls made by the Jerky Boys, an American comedy duo that consisted of Johnny Brennan and Kamal Ahmed, who later left the partnership. They would telephone their victim and say ” Pablo, honey? Please come to Florida! ”
Upon release, Radiohead received mixed reviews in the music press. Paul Evens, writing in 1993 for Rolling Stone magazine liked the album, noting the ” dynamism of their whisper-to-a-scream song structures. ” Billboard wrote that ” Certain tracks here may remind listeners of U2 ” but added that the ” lyrics have enough bite to make it on their own. ” In a retrospective review, published on the 11th of July 2012 on the NME website, Kevin EG Perry liked Radiohead’s debut saying ” this is a record that still sounds fresh and visceral and alive. ”
The Pablo Honey album established Radiohead, selling more copies in the United States than their US record label had anticipated. Their debut offering is generally not thought to be their best work.
In the United States, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) for sales of over 1.5 million copies. In the United Kingdom and Canada, it has been certified 2x Platinum for sales of 600,000 and 200,000 respectively, with Radiohead receiving Gold discs in Argentina, Australia and the Netherlands.
The lead single, ” Creep ” was released on the 21st of September 1992. Written by Lead singer Tom Yorke, with songwriting credit given to Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, while he was still at university.
The Lyrics were inspired by Tom Yorke’s rocky relationship with a girl from a smarter part of Oxford, it’s a song of frustration and despair. The single didn’t fare well when first released.
In the United Kingdom, the single reached number seventy-eight on the UK Singles Chart, with sales of only 6,000 copies. However the re-issue became a hit, and on the 18th of September 1993, it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. It spent three weeks in the Top Twenty and twenty-seven weeks in the Top 100.
In the United States, ” Creep ” peaked at number thirty-four on the 4th of September 1993, spending twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Other Billboard Chart positions were two on the Modern Rock Tracks, twenty on Album Rock Tracks and thirty-nine on the Mainstream Top 40.
Elsewhere, the single peaked inside the Top Twenty in Australia, Austria, Belgium ( Wallonia ), Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands.
The Pablo Honey album became a commercial success for Radiohead. In the United States, the album peaked at number thirty-two on the 7th of August 1993 and spent twenty-six weeks on the Billboard 200.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 6th of March 1993 and reached number twenty-two. It spent sixteen weeks in the Top Forty and 114 weeks in the Top 100.
Other countries album chart positions were Switzerland ninety-one, France 108, Netherlands sixty-one, Belguim (Flanders ) thirty-eight, Belgium ( Wallonia ) ten, Sweden fifty-six, Italy ninety-one and New Zealand forty-four.
Radiohead is a rock band that formed in 1985 in Abingdon, a picturesque market town in the county of Oxfordshire, England. The group consists of Thom Yorke, Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway.
The band took their name from a song called ” Radio Head ” featured on the American rock band Talking Heads 1986 seventh studio album, True Stories. Their early musical influences included Queen, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and Elvis Costello with post-punk bands such as Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division, inspiring Radiohead’s previous work.
By the middle of the 90s, they began to experiment with the use of computers for generating sounds that were to be used in compositions. Their output is a band-wide collaboration, with Thom Yorke the primary songwriter, with Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway playing a key role with the arrangement.
They released they debut four-track EP, Drill, on the 5th of May 1992. Their first commercial release and only 3,000 copies pressed on compact discs, it made its debut at number 101 in the UK.
Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey, in February of 1993, which peaked at number twenty-two in the UK. Singles released also failed to gain traction. Some critics compared the band’s output to the grunge music that had become popular during the early part of the 1990s. Their debut single, ” Creep ” began to attract airplay after being played by DJ Yoav Kutner on Israeli radio. Soon after it was being added to playlists of radio stations across America.
By the time of OK Computer, their third album release in June 1997, the band had grown in popularity and as of 2011 have sold over 30 million albums globally.
To date, Radiohead’s Album releases are nine studio, one live album, two compilations, nine video albums, one Remix, five Demos and six Extended Plays. They also released thirty singles and thirty-nine music videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Radiohead have won many awards including three Grammys, four Ivor Novello, one MTV video music, one MTV Asia, ten NME and four Q magazine awards.
Pablo Honey Album Track Listing:
3. How Do You?
4. Stop Whispering
5. Thinking About You
6. Anyone Can Play Guitar
9. Prove Yourself
10. I Can’t
12. Blow Out