The eternal discovery
The reason why Radiohead are - for me, that is - the best band in the world is quite simple. I can spend weeks, months even, without listening to them. However, when I do pick up one of their songs again, it doesn't feel like a return - but like a beginning. As if I was listening to them for the first time, even when I already know the lyrics (happens a lot). Now this doesn't happen with any other band. Other personal favourites, such as The Arcade Fire, Joy Division, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Muse, just to name a few examples, always feel like a return. A good one, mind you, one that I always do with great pleasure. But a return nonetheless, a trip to a place where I was once happy, so to speak. It doesn't feel like that with Radiohead. Everytime I listen to them, it does feel like a discovery.
And to illustrate the point: