Radiohead

Biography

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.

Radiohead: 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.

Radiohead: 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)

Radiohead: 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.

Read More

Radiohead Will Contribute An Unreleased Track To The "Inherent Vice" Soundtrack

5th October 2014 -

 News

Calling all Radiohead diehards – Christmas has come early. A previously unreleased track by the band features in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. The director’s adaptation of a Nicholas Pichon novel is already one of...

Thom Yorke To Release New Album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ Using BitTorrent Client

26th September 2014 -

 News

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has revealed his new album will be named Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and will be released using an experimental method. In a statement signed by Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, the pair...

Singles Chart To Include Streaming Services

8th July 2014 -

 News

After a veritable explosion in the usage of online music streaming services over the past few years it has recently been announced that the UK singles chart will incorporate streaming sites into its accumulation of...

Could Prince Still Play Glastonbury?

26th June 2014 -

 News

Festival goers could still party like its 1999 this weekend, as rumours that Prince could still appear at Glastonbury continue to surface. As we previously reported, it was revealed this week that negotiations to book...

"Unacceptable" Terms Of YouTube's Music Service Could Spell Mass Exodus For Indie Labels

18th June 2014 -

 News

Videos from independent music labels could start disappearing from YouTube in the coming weeks, as the website has reached an impasse in the negotiations with several record companies. As YouTube prepares to launch a brand...

Wu-Tang Clan and Five Other Rare Records You Won't Own

28th March 2014 -

 News

So it looks like there's no hope of us getting our hands on a copy of the Wu Tang Clan's new album‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’, since only one is being released. The rap...

David Cameron Gives Romantic Mixtape To G8 Leaders, Who's On It?

31st July 2013 -

 News

Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted young British musicians by giving all the G8 leaders a 10-track USB stick containing songs from Alt-J, Conor Maynard, Laura Mvula and Gabrielle Aplin with a very prominent theme...

Bruce Springsteen Fans Are Crazy! Roads Closed, Camping In Queues & Thousands Spent For Cardiff Show

23rd July 2013 -

 News

We reckon 1D fans or Justin Bieber fans are rabid because they're mainly hormonal young girls but Bruce Springsteen appeals to a rather different demographic who have been mirroring the obsessive antics of the tweensters....

Thom Yorke Pleads "Don't Make Us The Target" After Spotify Backlash

16th July 2013 -

 News

Thom Yorke appears to have responded to producer Stephen Street's criticism over his yanking of tracks from Spotify, claiming he gave away Radiohead's album In Rainbows as a "statement of trust."Earlier this week, Yorke and...

Hold Up, Is Thom Yorke Right to Be So High And Mighty?

15th July 2013 -

 News

Thom Yorke’s statement will have hit Spotify’s PR team like a knife to the chest. The well-respected musician pulled his music off the streaming service, condemning its practice, specifically the payment to artists, which Yorke...

Stephen Street Accuses Thom Yorke of Hypocrisy Over Spotify Blackout

15th July 2013 -

 News

The British music producer Stephen Street, best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s, has weighed into the debate over Spotify's royalties model in the wake of...

How to Disappear Completely: Thom Yorke Yanks Songs From Spotify

15th July 2013 -

 News

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has pulled both his solo songs and those made with group Atoms For Peace from music streaming service Spotify over the company's current royalties model. Yorke and his long-time producer Nigel...

Radiohead Frontman Talks About His Self-Consciousness Over His Right Eye

11th April 2013 -

 News

Thom Yorke, the frontman for the band Radiohead, used to be very self-conscious of his unusual eye. The musician was born with his right eye fused shut, and had to have corrective surgery to open...

Reg Presley Dies, The Troggs Singer Passes Away at 71

5th February 2013 -

 News

As reports state, Reg Presley dies age 71. The Troggs singer had been suffering with lung cancer for the past year.As The Independent report, last January Presley made public his lung cancer diagnosis. "As you...

Thom Yorke Will "Sue The Living Sh-t Out" David Cameron...

18th January 2013 -

 News

...If he uses any Radiohead songs in an electoral campaign, that is. Mr Yorke issued a fairly frank warning to Britain's Prime Minster in a rare interview with Drowned in Sound (via NME)."Politics is not...

Jet-Set Life Style: International Actress of the Year Marion Cotillard Lands at LAX

2nd November 2012 -

 News

Ah, the life of the jet-setter. Marion Cotillard was spotted by the Daily Mail, landing at LAX on Thursday (November 1, 2012), after winning an award at Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year Awards in...

UK Album Releases, October 22, 2012: Taylor Swift, Swedish House Mafia, Dappy, Kate Rusby

22nd October 2012 -

 News

It’s a mixed bag for UK albums, as the release schedule starts to slow in preparation for the big race for the Christmas sales market. This week, Jake Bugg toppled Mumford & Sons from what...

Michael Eavis Has His Sights On Rolling Stones To Headline Glastonbury 2013

12th October 2012 -

 News

It looks like Glastonbury 2013 may already have its first big name already sorted, with festival organiser Michael Eavis admitting that he is on the verge of signing The Rolling Stones as the closing act...

Radiohead Fan Takes Revenge On Ex-Girlfriend, Via Gumtree

9th October 2012 -

 News

Revenge is sometimes best served cold and sometimes in a river of blood a la Kill Bill, however for one Radiohead fan, revenge is best served by selling your ex's gig tickets and advertising them...

Radiohead Keep Their Fans Guessing At London Show

9th October 2012 -

 News

Radiohead finally returned to play the UK this week for the first time since they headlined Glastonbury Festival in the summer of 2011. Many things have changed for the band since that headline show at...

Radiohead - Nude

19th March 2008 -

 Video

RadioheadNudeVideoRadiohead release their next single 'Nude' through XL Recordings on March 31st 2008. The single, taken from their No 1 album 'In Rainbows', is available on 7', CD and to download. The 7' b side...

Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place

24th January 2008 -

 Video

RadioheadJigsaw Falling Into PlaceVideoRadiohead release new single ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place’ through XL on January 14, 2008, check out the video. The single’s taken from The Album ‘In Rainbows’ which was released on December 31st...

Radiohead - In Rainbows

15th October 2007 -

 Review

Radiohead In Rainbows Album Review Since the end of their ties with Parlophone, Radiohead have been following their own path, to the extent of releasing their new album only via their own website. And allowing...

Exit Music - Songs with Radio Heads - Album Audio Streams

30th March 2006 -

 Video

Exit MusicSongs with Radio HeadsAlbum StreamsPeople get confused about cover versions. They are a labour of love, not some sort of disrespectful treatment of the classics. Everyone involved in the "Exit Music" project love the...

Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong - Live Recordings

28th November 2001 -

 Review

News & Reviews...

Radiohead - Amnesiac

21st August 2001 -

 Review

News & Reviews...

Back to top

Radiohead Images

More Radiohead Pictures

Back to top

Radiohead Related Artists

Philip Selway

Philip Selway

Back to top

Radiohead Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Radiohead

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Marks The 20th Anniversary Of One Of The Greatest Ever Rap Albums [Trailer]

The 1990s marked a turning point for rap and hip hop, with plenty of artists...

'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' Marks The 20th Anniversary Of One Of The Greatest Ever Rap Albums [Trailer]

Ouch! 'Serena' Is Big Misfire for Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

It took about 400 years to make, but finally, Serena is here. Well, in the...

Ouch! 'Serena' Is Big Misfire for Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Nicole Scherzinger - Big Fat Lie - A Track by Track Interview

Nicole Scherzinger talks us through the tracks on her second solo album 'Big Fat Lie', released...

Nicole Scherzinger - Big Fat Lie - A Track By Track Interview Video

Sam Smith - Like I Can Audio

An audio for Sam Smith's super soulful love ballad 'Like I Can' has now been made available. The song is taken from his...

Sam Smith - Like I Can (Audio) Video

'Ouija' Cast Joined By Fellow TV Stars For Hollywood's Spookiest Social Seance [Video]

With the forthcoming release of supernatural horror 'Ouija', the cast were joined...

'Ouija' Cast Joined By Fellow TV Stars For Hollywood's Spookiest Social Seance [Video]
Advertisement

One Direction Announce U.S. Stadium Tour

Get ready America – One Direction have unveiled their schedule for U.S. leg of their world tour next year. The teen...

One Direction Announce U.S. Stadium Tour

With 100%, 'Big Hero 6' Is Pretty Much The Best Movie Ever

Well, we didn't see this one coming. Or did we? Disney's shadowy project...

With 100%, 'Big Hero 6' Is Pretty Much The Best Movie Ever

Pharrell Williams And T.I. Talk Song Writing

Almost every musical writer has their own way of working on a project, and now Pharrell Williams and T.I. have revealed...

Pharrell Williams And T.I. Talk Song Writing


More recommendations

Comments

Imsmally's picture

Imsmally

Hello fellow radiohead fans!A question for all you radiohead experts... How rare is a complete set of....Towering ABOVE The Rest Complete?The full 10 disc set that is....Ive heard its The holy grail of radiohead bootleg tracks consisting of a massive 186 tracks!! including B-sides, promo tracks, demos, outakes, unreleased stuff.... on and on... its 186 tracks!!Im a big radiohead but it took some researching to find out info on this set released in 2001 if im not mistaken? (experts help me out?)Anyways... any radiohead fan getting their hands on this set would surely be a massive bonus?Thinking about it.... If you check out EBAY in the next 7 days and search Radiohead Towering Above The Rest Complete RARE you might be lucky enough to get your hands on a full set of 10 discs BRAND NEW!!! Still sealed and in absolute mint condition....

8 years 9 months ago
Report
View Comments