Radiohead the blackest white band of our times

Ask anyone who is the Blackest white rock band to emerge over the past 30 years and my hunch is that few would say Radiohead.

In sync with Black music? Immediately obvious contenders from that pop moment include funk rock veterans the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, or perhaps the late 1990s rapper metal hybrid band Limp Bizkit, who gestured toward hip-hop rhyme schemes with little pretense toward virtuosic MC fow. But these examples miss the point entirely, emphasising superficial pop style rather than thinking more deeply about art that expresses the ideals and challenges of black life.

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