About a month ago I went on my usual music run to the local hot spots. When I make these runs I never touch the CD section as I have no need to collect CDs, vinyl is my game now. That means that I usually have to crouch down and sift through piles and piles of useless albums before I find anything I like. This trip held a little more promise than previous trips I just didn’t realize it until my last stop of the day at F.Y.E. I did not exactly have high hopes, but I flew through the milk crates they use to hold the albums and eventually found that Radiohead had released a set of EPs of many of their singles.
Each EP was on a 45 with one song on the side A and one on Side B. Side B was usually a obscure song that only hardcore fans would recognize. The set included all the usual suspects like Creep, Fake Plastic Trees, and even Kid A. It took me awhile to settle on which one to purchase. Hell, I needed to convince myself it was even worth buying one much less which one. After I ran through the lineup one more time the selection was made for me when I read these words, “Karma Police”.
Some may argue it isn’t their greatest song, and they might be correct, but it is my favorite for one simple reason, nostalgia. The song reminded me of my time as an undergrad at Montana State and how my roommate would blast this after a night of drinking. He would yell, “This song is us dude, we are this song”. Even now I am not sure I agree that the song was a direct representation of who we were but I know this, every time I hear this song I hear his voice in the background and for a minute… I will lose myself.