the "alternate segment" for lack of a better word. not really up with the names of genres these days.
I, too, know f*** all about genre classifications. Zooropa
won Best Alternative Album in 1993(4?) over the likes of Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, etc., so I'm not quite sure genre means anything anymore.
I guess I just can't see calling Radiohead a niche band if the same logic doesn't then apply to U2, who, for all intents and purposes, are turning into the Rolling Stones. That band will fill stadiums until they decide to stop filling stadiums. But, I couldn't tell you the names of any of their records since the early '90s, because they simply do not matter at all.
Their niche is nostalgia, and U2 is rapidly closing in on that themselves. If Radiohead has a niche, it's originality, and that's really
stretching the definition of the word.