I love and listen to Radiohead a lot but god damn it whenever I come across the self proclaimed die hard fans.
I was at a festival in which Radiohead were headlining. There were a lot of good acts playing throughout the day, a few that were probably more radio friendly and upbeat, such was the nature of this festival - the V-Festival in the UK. I was in front of the main stage, for most of the day, every band that played got booed by Radiohead fans, with this one guy nearby shouting “We’re only here to see Radiohead, fuck you and this whole festival”. Too which he was cheered by neighbouring RH fans.
Beck was playing just before Radiohead, and it was a great set, Devil’s Haircut, E-Pro all the hits. He had muppet styled puppets for each member of the band and throughout the set the puppet band was playing with the real band. It was really entertaining. The camera feed switching between real Beck and puppet Beck. He teased a bit of Creep in the midst of one song, too which the RH fans around me started booing. Guy behind me who has been bored the entire set just says “Fuck you Beck!” Beck’s set ends.
As we wait for RH to come on, the guy behind me kept on saying, “as soon as that guitar solo happens in paranoid android, I’m just going to go off…” Radiohead come on, it’s a good set, they even play Creep at the very end as part of their double encore. The guy does indeed go off when the guitar solo for paranoid android comes on, but it’s a fidgety, eyes rolled in back of the head, poor man’s rendition of what Thom Yorke does on stage. During the quieter breakdown of that particular song (“rain down”), I just realise I’m standing in a field with lots of people just moaning with sorrow to the song, and I just had this moment where I was taken slightly out of it. This is what their whole festival experience, maybe music experience was leading up to. Moaning mournfully in a big field, having hated every other artist that had played.
Just such a insular, holier than thou kind of superfan. Can’t stand them.