So this opinion may be colored by the fact that I've been drinking and that friends just left after listening to the entire thing, but I am of the opinion right now that The Bends is one of the best discs ever. While I admire Radiohead, love OK Computer and have most of their CD's, I can't say that I ever listen much to Kid A or Amnesiac. The Bends seems to me the perfect compromise between the accessibility of their early work and the more esoteric avenues (and to me, somewhat lacking in melody) of their later stuff. What's the point? Hmm, well I think it is, and Fake Plastic Trees is one of the best songs ever. So there.
good luck with that