Radiohead - San Francisco Radio Station Saved Radiohead
RADIOHEAD owe the producers of a San Francisco radio station for their success - they were about to be dropped by EMI when their CREEP anthem became a hit in northern California.
Promoter Jon Spira has chronicled the band's early days in his new film about the Oxford, England music scene, Anyone Can Play Guitar, and insists many fans will be interested to know how close Thom Yorke's rockers came to being dumped by record executives when their first album flopped in Europe.
He tells Mojo magazine, "Creep was a failure on its initial release, as was (album) Pablo Honey. According to their early management, it got to the stage where EMI wanted to drop them.
"A small radio station in San Francisco picked the single up on import and played it until it became the listeners' song of the year. They got a second chance."