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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.
Grime artist Skepta, who enjoyed a breakthrough smash hit with 'Shutdown' earlier this year, won the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album 'Konnichiwa'.
The crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo erupted when Skepta’s name was announced as the eventual winner of the prestigious prize by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on Thursday night (September 16th).
The bookies had tipped David Bowie to win posthumously for his final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, but the 33 year North London rapper was not very far behind in their estimations either.
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Bowie's final album 'Blackstar', along with 11 other British albums released in the last year, made the shortlist announced on Thursday.
Radiohead, Skepta, The 1975 and the late David Bowie are the big names to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize, with Adele and previous winner James Blake the notable absences.
The 12-strong shortlist, picked by a panel of music critics, industry figures and artists, was announced on Thursday morning (August 4th) on BBC Radio 6 Music. David Bowie’s 25th and final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, is already being touted as one of the favourites to win the overall prize when the winner is announced on September 15th.
Radiohead’s recent album A Moon Shaped Pool makes the Oxford five-piece the most nominated act in Mercury Prize history. Their albums OK Computer, Amnesiac, Hail To the Thief and In Rainbows all made shortlists in previous years, and this doesn’t even count lead singer Thom Yorke’s nomination for his 2006 solo album The Eraser. However, they have not yet won the award.
Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.
Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.
We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits.
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No deaths have been reported from the attack.
A group of Radiohead fans miraculously survived a vicious attack in Istanbul this weekend after their album listening party was stormed by Islamic radicals who violently assaulted them with pipes and beer bottles. The band has since reached out to express their support for the victims.
Radiohead reach out to Istanbul attack victims
Radiohead supporters took to the Velvet Indieground record shop in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday (June 17th 2016) for an official album listening party of the band's latest release 'A Moon Shaped Pool'. They were not able to enjoy much of the event though as they were soon stormed by a bunch of armed Islamist radicals who were allegedly angered by the fans drinking alcohol during the month of Ramadan. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported.
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Yorke played a half-hour set of Radiohead songs at his neighbour's garden party on Sunday - see pictures and a video!
A Reddit user posted the news on Sunday afternoon (June 12th), after apparently receiving a text from his father reading: “in Oxford at [a] garden party with Suzie's neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Tom York of Radiohead!”
Later on, a video shot by another attendee at the party surfaced, showing the frontman sat with just an acoustic guitar. It’s said that Yorke performed for around 30 minutes, playing ‘Desert Island Disk’, ‘No Surprises’, ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’, ‘Reckoner’ and ‘I Might Be Wrong’.
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As summer edges itself into our periphery, as does the annual build-up of festival season. Entering its 16th year, Primavera Sound has grown vastly from its humble origins in 2001.
Situated in Barcelona at Parc del Forum by the seaside, it's garnered international acclaim for obtaining some of the most diverse line-ups in the circuit, accommodating for some of the most iconic and internationally known artists as well as celebrating independent and underground music. It provides an inter-generational space for music lovers and festival-goers the world over.
The main festival this year is spread out over four days, beginning on the 1st of June and ending on the 5th. Throughout that time-frame well over 200 artists will perform at one of the most sought after festivals of the summer, which has now completely sold out. Spread out over nine stages (including a Hidden Stage), Primavera Sound will be bringing once again an eclectic line-up to the sunny shores of Barcelona.
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The family of Gordon Murray are not happy with the video.
We can't say we didn't see it coming; Radiohead now have what looks like the beginnings of a lawsuit on their hands after releasing their 'Burn The Witch' video featuring cute puppets, as the creators of 'Trumpton' have lashed out over the non-consented use of imagery similar to their own puppet world.
Radiohead in trouble with Trumpton creator
If Radiohead were a little more flattering in their use of the stop-motion imagery, it may have been forgiveable, but this is a song about witchhunts and the video is a little too sadistic to be approved for children. It follows a story similar to 'The Wicker Man' and alludes to execution and witchhunts throughout. It's a stark contrast to the idyllic original children's animation, that's for sure.
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The longevity of Radiohead comes from their willingness to experiment throughout their career, and with that earnest dedication to creativity both through their music, their distribution methods (which have become revolutionary) and how they promote themselves, they are still recognisable and distinguished from anyone else. Whether it's from rock defining albums like The Bends and OK Computer, to the rich and alienating electronic soundscape that is Kid A and the incorporation of both these aspects on the politically outraged Hail to the Thief, or even to the fidgety electronic and ambient undertow of The King of Limbs, it is always Radiohead.
'A Moon Shaped Pool' is unarguably experimental, but feels like an exception to the rule. It's strange yet familiar, like recalling a dream from a week ago while doing something mundane in your day. This album is an exercise in the uncanny, in part because several of the songs on here are previously heard but unreleased favourites by fans. It's emotional in a similar vein to 'In Rainbows', and there's still some hints of cryptic notions about paranoia and anxiety, but with that Thom Yorke has never sounded so clear and vivid in his vocal delivery. It seems to be an album of tenderness and acceptance of those insecurities. Perhaps this is their most personal release to date, as a lot of discussion has arisen concerning Yorke's separation from his partner of 23 years, and Nigel Godrich has mentioned the death of his father while making the album and the impact that's had on 'A Moon Shaped Pool'. It's melodically one of their most accessible albums to date, yet with enough meticulous detail to make one always feel some pang of anxiety and uneasiness. Patience is the virtue of 'A Moon Shaped Pool', and it benefits entirely from it.
The musical arrangements and touches of ambience-bordering-psychedelia swirl 'A Moon Shaped Pool' together to feel thematically consistent which is an impressive feat. Credit must be given to long time collaborator, producer, and unofficial sixth member of the band Nigel Godrich with some of his best work since Beck's 'Sea Change'. To consider the knife-sharp strings of the first track 'Burn The Witch' with its wry lyrical listing of groupthink in comparison to the following track 'Daydreaming'. A subdued, sighing ballad with a distorted piano melody with such delicate simplicity metamorphosing into vivid detail before drifting back to its skeleton clauses, the effect is hypnotic. The melody for 'Dark Decks' is the quintessential Radiohead melody. It could have comfortably belonged on OK Computer with its science-fiction led lyrics, its sense of scale, gravitas and impending doom. 'Ful Stop' and 'Identikit' breathe in some energy and brooding synths within the album. Identikit particularly is a standout, its driving bass at the beginning by Colin Greenwood, it's shingling guitars at the break, and a moment of pure bliss with an ethereal choir chanting "Broken hearts, make it rain" while synth chords build, ending with a wonderful guitar solo will leave you short of breath. The startlingly blunt 'Glass Eyes' depicts a man experiencing a panic attack on a commute, which is borderline melodrama so rarely personalised by Yorke's lyrics. All this is accompanied by Jonny Greenwood's string arrangements swaying above, which although beautiful throughout 'A Moon Shaped Pool', stands out particularly here and on 'Tinker Tailor Solider Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Begger Man Thief'.
Continue reading: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Album Review
Their ninth album, as yet untitled, will be released digitally on May 8th, with a physical release coming on June 17th.
Radiohead have announced that their long-awaited new album will be with us in just two days’ time, as well as releasing a music video for another new track, ‘Daydreaming’.
The Oxford five-piece’s ninth studio album - as yet untitled - will be released digitally this Sunday, May 8th, at 2pm with a physical release across all other formats coming on June 17th.
On Friday afternoon (May 6th), the band also released a haunting video directed by film-maker Paul Thomas Anderson that is, musically and visually, pretty much the total opposite of previously released track ‘Burn The Witch’ that they dropped earlier this week.
They're still just as good as they were two decades ago.
Radiohead may have just today launched a creepy new song entitled 'Burn The Witch', but we're having a bit of a nostalgic moment reflecting on the fact that it's been over 20 years since they released their amazing second album 'The Bends'. They've come a long way.
Radiohead released The Bends in 1995
The artist... Radiohead formed in 1985 in Oxfordshire, with Thom Yorke on lead vocals. They didn't release their first album until 1993, when 'Pablo Honey' came out led by their stellar debut single 'Creep'. They've sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have won three Grammy Awards.
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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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Finally the winner of the vignette competition, thankyou to everyone who took part. Our favourite is from @Affinitia https://t.co/KqLZaqXsJV
Today, the runner up in our vignette competition courtesy of @Monkstagg https://t.co/Pwyf2RZN7z
Today's vignette from the shortlist is by Carolinkoss https://t.co/HntyfJI9i5
Listen back to Thom and @TheRealBenjiB on @BBCR1 last night: https://t.co/51mEOTHdWo
Tonight on @BBCR1, Thom co-hosts with @TheRealBenjiB from 1AM - 4AM. https://t.co/l14kdfY4GS
Also on the shortlist is a vignette from Neeko1979 https://t.co/EWsx9SS4WG
Next on the shortlist is a vignette from ghostcoach https://t.co/qdLwHWUoic
Also on the shortlist for our vignette competition is mareol https://t.co/svMYxLWqzO
Next on the shortlist of vignettes is moonjam3d: https://t.co/xmawAlEMGP
To complete our series of vignettes, the shortlisted entries for our competition. Starting with adriendezalay https://t.co/Xs8ojDTpr0
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RT @philytaggart: This Sunday 10pm on @BBCR1 we have an incredible #BedtimeMix curated by @radiohead's @thomyorke https://t.co/7oPQyVRgnv
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And the last in the current series of vignettes is The Numbers, directed by Grant Gee and filmed in Port Talbot. https://t.co/mLxlGG26Zv
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