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.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Drake Makes History At The Top Of The U.k. Charts


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The rapper's One Dance has landed an 11th straight week at the top of the countdown, toppling his rumoured girlfriend Rihanna's 10-week record, and picking up the longest-running chart-topper of the 21st Century.

One Dance held off a challenge from French producer Kungs' This Girl remix, and Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling, which round out the new top three.

Calvin Harris and Rihanna's This Is What You Came For is at four and Drake and Rihanna's Too Good completes the top five.

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Primavera Sound Festival - Live Review


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.

Primavera Sound Festival - Live Review

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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Radiohead Fans Attacked By Radicals At Album Listening Party In Istanbul


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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.

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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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Radiohead Send Message Of Support After Fans 'Attacked'


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Record store Velvet Indieground in Istanbul hosted the event for the album A Moon Shaped Pool on Friday night (17Jun16), and it was later alleged on social media that fans were attacked by a gang of men.

Reddit user Rawkon posted a Periscope video and a YouTube excerpt of the attack, which allegedly took place because the fans were drinking alcohol during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

Sky News released video of the incident, which showed attackers bursting into the store shouting, "close this place down" and "who the f**k is running this place".

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Thom Yorke Plays Surprise Gig At Oxford Garden Party


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Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke surprised guests at a small Oxford garden party this weekend by performing a short set of songs.

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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Thom Yorke Plays Surprise Gig At Neighbour's Garden Party


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News of the show spread after a Reddit user posted details on Sunday (12Jun16) after he was allegedly sent a text from his father informing him of the Radiohead frontman's appearance.

The text read, "in Oxford at (a) garden party with Suzie's neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Tom York of Radiohead!". To which he responded: "WHAT", and then corrected the spelling of the musician's name. He also told his father: "Get his autograph or cut off some of his hair".

The Reddit user also uploaded a photo of Yorke with a guitar at the party where he reportedly played to guests for 30 minutes, in a performance which saw him treat partygoers to renditions of his band's songs Desert Island Disk, No Surprises, Street Spirit, Reckoner and I Might Be Wrong. It's presumed the garden party was held to celebrate Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday.

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Daniel Day-lewis 'Reuniting With Paul Thomas Anderson For Screen Return'


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The 59-year-old actor last appeared on screen in Oscar-winning role of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 2012 bio-pic.

Daniel also won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1990 and 2008, with the latter coming when he teamed up with Paul for oil industry epic There Will Be Blood.

America's Variety magazine reports that the reclusive star is now set to reunite with the 45-year-old filmmaker for a movie set in the 1950s New York fashion industry.

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Thom Yorke Performs Songs By Radiohead At The Roundhouse

Radiohead , Thom Yorke - Thom Yorke performs songs by Radiohead at the Roundhouse in Camden at Camden - London, United Kingdom - Friday 27th May 2016

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Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke

Preview Of Primavera Sound Festival 2016


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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.

Primavera Sound 2016

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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Are Radiohead Facing A 'Trumpton' Lawsuit Over 'Burn The Witch'?


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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. 

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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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Trumpton Creator's Family Angered By Radiohead Video


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The band has been accused of breaching copyright with the dark promo, which bears a resemblance to Murray's beloved animated series Trumpton.

In the video, the residents of an idyllic puppet village build a massive wicker man and burn a visiting inspector alive during a sadistic pagan ritual.

"Radiohead should have sought our consent," Murray's son-in-law William Mollett tells NME.com. "We consider this a tarnishing of the brand."

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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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Performing Live At The Tampa Bay Times Forum In Tampa

Ed O Brien and Radiohead - Ed O'Brien of Radiohead Wednesday 29th February 2012 performing live at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

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Ed O Brien and Radiohead
Ed O Brien and Radiohead
Ed O Brien and Radiohead
Ed O Brien and Radiohead
Ed O Brien and Radiohead

Oustide The Radiohead Charity Concert At The Henry Fonda Theatre In Benefit Of The Haiti Earthquake

Famke Janssen and Radiohead Sunday 24th January 2010 oustide the Radiohead charity concert at the Henry Fonda Theatre in benefit of the Haiti earthquake Los Angeles, California

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Famke Janssen and Radiohead
Famke Janssen and Radiohead

Oustide The Radiohead Charity Concert At The Henry Fonda Theatre In Benefit Of The Haiti Earthquake

Daniel Craig and Radiohead - Daniel Craig and Satsuki Mitchell Los Angeles, California - oustide the Radiohead charity concert at the Henry Fonda Theatre in benefit of the Haiti earthquake Sunday 24th January 2010

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Daniel Craig and Radiohead
Daniel Craig and Radiohead
Daniel Craig and Radiohead
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