"Banana Co" (1993)
Perhaps the most overtly political song that Radiohead cut prior to their Bush-era LP, Hail to the Thief, this sarcastic early B-side finds the band taking a broad swipe at the colonialist superpowers that continue to mine and mutilate certain Latin American countries (or "banana republics") for their exports. Yorke, who would go on to become one of the music world's most outspoken critics of agricultural exploitation, has never topped the bald facetiousness of an opening line like "Oh, Banana Co, we really love you, and we need you." And while the song sometimes sounds like a dry run for some of the group's more sophisticated album tracks from the same era ("Bones"), it never gets old hearing Yorke allow his vocals to sound clean enough to sell at a supermarket. D.E.