I loved The Bends, it was easily my favourite mid-90s album, and seeing these guys at the Manchester Academy in 96 just blew me away. In terms of singer-songwriter driven indie bands in the 90s, you can trace a line from Jeff Buckley through to Radiohead and then Coldplay, Muse, Travis, Elbow and a whole bunch of other bands which probably aren't as good. As usual, the originals are the best. The story goes that Thom Yorke went to see Jeff Buckley in concert and was so blown away and inspired that he went away and wrote this song.
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