Radiohead

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.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Radiohead And Suede To Headline Primavera Sound 2016


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The 2016 line-up for Primavera Sound in Barcelona has finally been announced, with the likes of Radiohead, Suede and Brian Wilson heading up the event this summer. It's the sixteenth edition of the festival, and is bringing a broader range of musical talent than ever before.

Primavera Sound

Radiohead will be bringing a taste of their yet to be released upcoming album to not only Primavera, but also a string of shows later in the year in their first tour since 2012. They'll be joined by LCD Soundsystem making their big comeback with James Murphy, Brian Wilson performing the whole of 'Pet Sounds' and, of course, Suede who will be performing not one but two shows no doubt showcasing their latest album 'Night Thoughts', which is due to be released tomorrow (January 22nd 2016).

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Radiohead Drop Hint At New Album With Company Formation


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Radiohead fans searching the stars, scanning the horoscopes and reading tea leaves in the hope of discovering when the band might finally release its next album might have some heartening news. The five band members have set up a new company - something they did a few months before releasing their last two albums.

Fans on the Radiohead forum At Ease have ascertained that the band founded a company called Dawn Chorus LLP in October 2015, with the five officers named as the five members of the group (Thom Yorke, Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway).

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Kanye West, Rihanna, And 4 Other Albums We're Looking Forward To Hearing In 2016


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RiRi’s been holding back her eighth album Anti, despite revealing the high concept artwork with a full-on unveiling ceremony at a small gallery in Los Angeles a few months back and having already released a host of hit singles from it. Possibly waiting for the tremors from Adele’s 25 to wear off before dropping it, the Barbadian singer’s new effort has no official release date as yet but will definitely be arriving in 2016.

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Thom Yorke Compares YouTube And Google To "Nazis" For Stealing Art


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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has blasted YouTube and Google for having “seized control” of art like Nazi Germany did during the Second World War, in a new interview with an Italian magazine.

Yorke, who once described Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”, has been consistently outspoken on musicians’ relationships to the music industry. Speaking to La Repubblica at the weekend, he lambasted the ethical stances of YouTube and its parent company Google.

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Thom Yorke Claims That Tony Blair's Advisers Tried To "Blackmail" Him Into Photo Op


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Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has claimed that advisers for former British prime minister Tony Blair tried to force him to have his photograph taken with the politician, but that he had refused on the grounds that it was “morally unacceptable” because of Blair’s role in the Iraq war.

Yorke, 47, said that advisers to Blair “tried to blackmail” him into a photo shoot with the PM in 2003, shortly after the second war in Iraq had started and when the singer was the spokesperson for environmental campaign The Big Ask, run by Friends of the Earth.

He was presented with an “ultimatum” that unless he participated, lobbyists for Friends of the Earth would be denied access to Blair.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Composes Score For Pinter Play On Broadway


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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has written what’s been described as an ‘epic and heartbreaking’ score for an new Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, starring Clive Owen and Eve Best at New York’s Roundabout theatre.

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In a statement about the project Yorke said he'd "enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns.”

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Albums By Radiohead, The Doors And Lauryn Hill Picked For U.S. Congress National Recording Registry


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Classic albums by the likes of The Doors, Radiohead and Lauryn Hill have been immortalised by being selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress.

Variety reported the Library’s selections for 2014 (selections are always for the year before), and they included a diverse range of albums, singles, spoken word and speeches.

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Radiohead rendered as Lego figures!

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Jonny Greenwood Talks New Radiohead Album: "We've Changed Our Method"


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There’s always a tingle of anticipation when it comes to a new Radiohead album, and it seems that fans are going to be in for something a bit unexpected next time. Jonny Greenwood, the band’s guitarist, has indicated that the band has “changed our method” again.

In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, conversation turned to the group’s planned follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, the recording process for which has been under way for “a couple of months”.

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead

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


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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 the most anticipated films of the year, and the song, Spooks, along with the soundtrack by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, is just another reason to be excited.

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Fans (and everyone else, for that matter) won’t get to hear the song until Inherent Vice hits US theaters on December 12, but the title might ring a bell. Spooks was one of the tracks the band was experimenting with ahead of the release of their 2006 EP In Rainbows and the subsequent tour. The track only saw 20 live performances, after which the band retired it, and it was not included in the In Rainbows.  

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


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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 outlined how they intend to release the record, using a new BitTorrent client.

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“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record,” began the statement. "The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files.. The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'".

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Singles Chart To Include Streaming Services


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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 data. Previously, the chart was completed by both physical and online sales but the new-fangled incorporation of streaming services looks set to alter the makeup of the singles chart forever. What’s more, the fact that streaming services are being incorporated highlights a distinct shift in the way consumers are choosing to listen to music- eschewing physical and even digital purchases in favour of instant access to vast archives of music from a myriad of eras and styles.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead has been a vocal critic of streaming services due to royalty issues.

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Could Prince Still Play Glastonbury?


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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 the funk legend for a Worthy Park headline slot broke down after the star got cold feet following ‘social media rumours’ about his appearance.

PrinceCould Prince still play Glastonbury? [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ethan Miller]

However, tabloid reports suggest that the ‘Purple Rain’ singer could still appear at this weekend’s event.

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


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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 new music service, which would dispense with ads and allow users to download full-length albums, contracts have been negotiated with the three major labels – Sony, Universal and Warner. The indies, as represented by WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) have not been offered the same deal, according to Forbes. This could mean that soon, indie artists like Adele and Radiohead could start disappearing from the site. The wipe would exclude videos under the VEVO umbrella, but live performances and particularly rare recordings are under threat.

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Artists like Adele tend to pride themselves on their indie status, but it could now do them a huge disservice.

Independent labels have instead been offered template contracts with unacceptable, but non-negotiable terms which undercut the rates of services like Spotify and Rdio.

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


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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 group are trying to bring back the idea that music is a form of art, by making something incredibly rare and very unatainable. Whilst an interesting idea, it got us wondering what other extremley rare records are out there? Well we found these five, but understandably they weren't in our personal collection. 

Are you lucky enough to have a copy of Foo Fighter's 'The One'?Are you lucky enough to have a copy of Foo Fighter's 'The One'?

Foo Fighters 'The One' (2002)

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Rock Bands As LEGO

Radiohead - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014

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