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N. Decompression sickness, caused when a diver moves from a high-pressure environment to one of low pressure too rapidly, causing bubbles to form in their bloodstream as gases in pressurized, liquid form quickly revert to their natural state. Symptoms include: blotchy rashes, coughing spasms, dizziness, unconsciousness, and a bizarre inability to bend joints (hence, the phrase the bends).
Hours after the inexperienced diver rocketed from 200 feet to the surface of the ocean, he felt ill and discovered he was suffering from the bends.
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1. the most badass radiohead CD ever created. its was their second and best
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i just want to say that #3 on the definition list is wrong.
Radiohead did not use 'the bends' as a metaphor for drugs - it was (quite an obvious, i thought) metaphor for their fast rise to the top and how it drove them crazy that everyone suddenly loved them for this one song and their frustration i guess at fake people who just wanted to be with them for their fame.

This is also implied in the EP My Iron Lung (Iron Lung being a metaphor for the song "Creep" incase you didn't catch that).
Where do we go from here?
The words are coming out all weird
Where are you now when I need you?

And who are my real friends?
Have they all got the bends?
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A disease of seamen, acquired by going down too far and coming up too fast.
"Have you seen Rachel recently?"

"No, I think she got the bends after hanging out with Michael on his yacht a couple days back."
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The sophomore LP from British rock band Radiohead, released in 1995. In many ways, The Bends is very similar to their debut, Pablo Honey, albeit more inventive. Rather than relying so much on rock cliches, Radiohead began to delve into more advanced songwriting. Although they had not yet entirely embraced their reliance on the studio for their sound, there is clearly more studio usage with this album as can be seen on songs like "Planet Telex," "Fake Plastic Trees," and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)."
Generally speaking, The Bends is Radiohead's most immediately accessible album. Though the songs are not as blatantly simple as those on Pablo Honey, they are still firmly within the parameters of rock. It did, however, serve as a brilliant transition between their heavily R.E.M.-influenced music and the more post-rock style of their 1997 release, OK Computer. The Bends has since earned a reputation as one of the best albums of the 1990s.
I prefer early Radiohead, such as The Bends, to their more experimental work.
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n. The state of being under the influence of drugs. The term is a metaphor created by Radiohead, comparing the effects of pressure on scuba divers to the effects of drugs on users.
"He looks kinda messed up..."
"Yeah, he's got the bends"

Who are my real friends? Have they all got the bends? -Radiohead
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As in, "That shit is the bend".
"That shit is amazing".

As in, "That party was the motherf*&^%&@ bend!"
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