Published Mar 25, 2015The National Recording Preservation Board has unveiled its latest list of recordings to be archived in the US Library of Congress.
Radiohead's OK Computer (1997), the Doors' self-titled album (1967) and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) are among the 25 inducted recordings. Eligible nominees must have been recorded between 1890 and 1999, and be at least 10 years old.
Also making it into the archives this year are Joan Baez's Joan Baez (1960), Sly and the Family Stone Stand! (1969), Steve Martin's A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978), radio coverage of Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral (1945) and Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favourites (1995).
According to the library, Radiohead's OK Computer stood out for its melancholy sound and themes of consumerism, alienation and isolation.
"I sort of see it as part of a certain ongoing phenomenon in rock music that maybe begins with the Velvet Underground but also the Doors, who are on the list this year," said curator Matt Barton in a statement. "Pop music is not entirely positive in its outlook, shall we say. I think we can say that OK Computer really sums a lot of that up.''
You can see the entire registry of preserved recordings over here.