Winning hearts on the radio, yes, but the song also garnered them a silly plagiarism lawsuit later and generally became the bane of the band’s pigeonhole existence until OK Computer changed the game in ’97. But all par-for-the-course, really, as it set up the tension to prove to the world that they could write much, much more sophisticated jams.
The story goes Johnny Greenwood’s trademark mute-crunch bridge was an attempt to piss off his bandmates, as he didn’t dig the tune in the first place. All said, its chorus is etched into the self-deprecating bootstraps of Gen X. Look at ‘em now, all applying for political seats and such:
But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here