• 15 June 2004

Band form


Radiohead (formed 1986 as 'On a Friday') Radiohead are an English rock band that rose to fame in the 1990s, with the release of their debut album Pablo Honey.

Formation: The members of Radiohead all met whilst attending Abingdon School, an all-male public school in Oxfordshire. The eldest of the group are Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway; Thom Yorke and Colin Greenwood were in the year below and Jonny Greenwood was two years younger. They formed the band On A Friday in 1986, in reference to their Friday rehearsal slot in the school's music room.

On A Friday played their first gig at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford late in 1986. Although some of the band left the area to attend university, they kept the band going by rehearsing at weekends and in school holidays. By 1991, they had regrouped, with only Greenwood left to complete his university course. They began to record a number of demo tapes and were managed by Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge, the owners of Courtyard Studios in Oxford.

The band signed a six-album record deal with EMI in 1991 when EMI's Keith Wozencroft went into the record shop in which Colin Greenwood worked. They changed the name of the band to Radiohead on EMI's request.

Radiohead's debut EP was entitled 'Drill'. Produced by Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, who had previously produced work by The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr, the EP was released in March 1992. This was followed by 'Creep', which brought much media attention to the band, although Radio One deemed the track 'too depressing' to give it substantial airplay.

Discography (Albums): Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995), OK Computer (1997), Kid A (2000), Amnesiac (2001), Hail to the Thief (2003), In Rainbows (2007), Radiohead: The Best Of (2008)

Hitting the Headlines: The success of 'Creep' and the Pablo Honey album nearly destroyed the band. Following the Pablo Honey tour, the band entered the studio with legendary producer John Leckie to record tracks for the second album.

Radiohead reached the Top 5 for the first time with the release of 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)'.

In 1996, Radiohead's 'Exit Music (For A Film)' was included in the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Rome and Juliet.

Radiohead's first number one chart debut was with OK Computer, in 1997. The album received the Grammy Award for 'Best Alternative Music Album' as well as a nomination for 'Album of the Year'.

In 1999, Radiohead released the Grant Gee-directed Meeting People Is Easy documentary, as well as a compilation of their promotional videos, entitled 7 Television Commercials.

Kid A was Radiohead's first album to debut at the top of the US charts. The album earned the band another Grammy Award for 'Best Alternative Album' and another nomination for 'Album of the Year'.

Amnesiac was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and songs from the album were featured in the live record, entitled I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings.

In 2003, Nigel Godrich and Darrell Thorp won the Grammy award for 'Best Engineered Album' for their work on Hail to the Thief. The album was also nominated for 'Best Alternative Album'.

In 2007, Radiohead broke boundaries in the music industry by offering their seventh album In Rainbows for a download system in which the buyer decides how much they want to pay for the album. The digital release was later followed by a vinyl edition, which featured a bonus CD of the recording sessions as well as a book of artwork.

In 2008, Jonny Greenwood composed the score for the soundtrack to the blockbuster film There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day Lewis.

On the 10th October 2007 Radiohead released their seventh studio album entitled In Rainbows, Thom Yorke claimed that the tracks on the album were more personal and described them as his versions of 'seducing songs'. The album reached number one in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. A year after its release the album had sold more than three million copies worldwide and the band won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album.

In 2011 Radiohead released their eighth studio album The King of Limbs which was produced by Nigel Godrich. It was described that the album was an expression of 'wildness' and 'mutation'. There were no singles released from the album but there was a music video released for Lotus Flower. The album sold an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 copies in its first two months of sales and was a bestseller on vinyl. The band went on a supporting tour for the album in 2012 after Yorke had spent more time working in the studio.

In 2016 Radiohead released a new video for their single Burn The Witch which is the first from their ninth studio album in which a title has not yet been released, however Dawn Chorus has been rumored as the title to the album. It has been announced that the album will be released in June 2016.

Radiohead Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame For The Second Time

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 09 October 2018

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They're among the fifteen nominees for 2019.

Introducing the nominees for induction into the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! This year sees a number of deserving artists in consideration, though none of them have only just become eligible this year. Radiohead is one band we're particularly rooting for - though they've remained apathetic on the subject.

Image caption Radiohead at TRNSMT festival

Radiohead lands the Hall of Fame long list for the second year in a row after missing out last year, being beaten to the punch by the likes of Nina Simone, Dire Straits and Bon Jovi. It's just as well that they expressed little enthusiasm at the prospect.

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Mumford And Sons Doing Radiohead's 'All I Need' Can't Be Missed

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 30 July 2018

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They performed the song during their surprise set at Newport Folk Festival.

Everyone loves a surprise guest appearance at a festival, and revellers at this year's Newport Folk Festival were treated to none other than Mumford & Sons over the weekend as special headliners. Even better, they performed a stellar Radiohead cover that totally blew fans away.

Image caption Philip Selway performing with Radiohead

On June 16th 2012, the roof of a temporary stage built at Toronto's Downsview Park collapsed an hour before Radiohead's final concert of their tour, tragically killing their drum technician Scott Johnson and injuring three other road crew members.

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Jonny Greenwood Side-Project To Open For Radiohead

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 27 June 2018

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Junun will be supporting the band on tour in the US this summer.

For their forthcoming North American summer tour, Radiohead will be supported by their very own Jonny Greenwood with his world music side-project Junun. The dates kick off in July, following the completion of Thom Yorke's UK and Europe solo tour earlier this month.

Image caption Jonny Greenwood performing with Radiohead in Manchester

After an already incredible year for the guitarist and keyboard player, including working on the scores for Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar winning film 'Phantom Thread' and Lynne Ramsay's mystery thriller 'You Were Never Really Here', Jonny Greenwood will be touring alongside two bands over the summer.

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Thom Yorke Performs Rejected Bond Song 'Spectre' Live For The First Time

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 01 June 2018

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It's still a wonder why it wasn't used in the final cut.

It was a historic moment for Radiohead fans in Milan this week when Thom Yorke played the alternative James Bond theme 'Spectre' live for the first time to wrap up his gig. It was a stripped back rendition using only piano, and it's making fans wonder why it was ever rejected in the first place.

Image caption Thom Yorke at TRNSMT Festival

The Radiohead frontman performed the track as his final encore number during his show at the Fabrique in Milan, Italy on Tuesday (May 29th 2018). It's an incredibly expressive piece that no doubt would have been a great addition to the 2015 'Spectre' film soundtrack, but it was rejected in favour of the slightly more uplifting 'Writing's On The Wall' by Sam Smith.

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It's Not True About The Lawsuit: Radiohead Have Not Sued Lana Del Rey For 'Get Free'

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 10 January 2018

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The band have been in contact with the singer's team, but no legal action has taken place.

The situation between Lana Del Rey and Radiohead is not quite as serious as the singer made out, as the band's music publishers have just released a statement denying that any lawsuit had taken place or that they had been asking for 100 percent of the publishing for her song 'Get Free'.

Image caption Radiohead perform at TRNSMT Festival

The 32-year-old told her Twitter followers recently that Radiohead were suing her because of claims that her new song 'Get Free' from her album 'Lust For Life' sounded too much like their 1992 debut single 'Creep'. She even went as far as to say that lawyers have been relentless in that they would only accept 100 percent of the publishing. However, it seems no legal action has yet taken place.

Continue reading: It's Not True About The Lawsuit: Radiohead Have Not Sued Lana Del Rey For 'Get Free'

Why Is Radiohead Suing Lana Del Rey?

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 08 January 2018

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Their lawyers are attacking one of her songs for alleged copyright theft.

Lana Del Rey has confirmed that she has been slammed with a lawsuit by British band Radiohead, with accusations that her new song 'Get Free' is a rip off of the group's debut single 'Creep'. The situation has divided fans, especially since 'Creep' was originally inspired by another song anyway.

Image caption Lana Del Rey at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards

The 32-year-old singer opened up to her followers on Twitter about the new litigation she's involved in regarding the song 'Get Free' from her latest studio album 'Lust For Life'. Radiohead are apparently after the full royalties for the track for its similarity to 1992's 'Creep'.

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Bon Jovi, Dire Straits And Nina Simone Will Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In 2018

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 13 December 2017

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Radiohead, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics among those who miss the cut this year, however.

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi and Dire Straits lead the school of 2018 for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year – but major names such as Radiohead and Kate Bush have missed out.

On Wednesday (December 13th), the Cleveland-based institution announced its list of five inductees for its annual ceremony next spring. It consisted of rock heroes Dire Straits and Bon Jovi, new-wave group The Cars, Sixties icons The Moody Blues and the legendary late R&B singer Nina Simone.

On top of this, the little-known but highly influential figure of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, sometimes dubbed ‘the godmother of rock’n’roll’, is also to be inducted with a special Early Influences award.

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Radiohead Star Philip Selway Plays Beatles With Ringo Starr

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 17 November 2017

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The pair united for 'With a Little Help From My Friends'.

Radiohead's Philip Selway and Ringo Starr has got to be one of the coolest live collaborations this year - and there have been quite a few. They performed a rendition of 'With a Little Help From My Friends' during Ringo's New York show earlier this week.

Image caption Ringo Starr celebrates his birthday

The drummer and the former Beatle united for a performance of the 1967 Beatles number from their 'Yellow Submarine' album on Wednesday night (November 15th 2017) at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as part of the Ringo Starr All Starr Band tour dates.

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Bon Jovi, Radiohead And Nina Simone Among 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 05 October 2017

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Who will be immortalised in the famous Hall of Fame next year?

It's that time of year again where rock fans have the difficult decision of voting on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ballot for 2018, this year picking from nineteen amazing candidates including Bon Jovi, Radiohead, LL Cool J and Nina Simone. Truly spoilt for choice.

Image caption Bon Jovi performing live

Fans can sign up and vote for up to five candidates on the induction ballot, including the newly eligible Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead. Plus, another seven of the nominees are up for induction for the very first time while the likes of J. Geils Band and LL Cool J face their fifth and fourth nominations respectively.

Continue reading: Bon Jovi, Radiohead And Nina Simone Among 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

Radiohead perform at the Inaugural TRNSMT Festival held at Glasgow Green - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Friday 7th July 2017

Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead perform at Manchester Emirates Stadium - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th July 2017

Radiohead headline the Pyramid Stage on the third day at Glastonbury Festival 2017 - Worthy Farm, Mendip, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd June 2017

Jonny Greenwood performs on the first day of the second weekend of Coachella 2017 - Indio, California, United States - Friday 21st April 2017

Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead performs on the first day of the second weekend of Coachella 2017 - Indio, California, United States - Friday 21st April 2017