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.
Every year, 25 recordings of cultural significance are selected to be preserved forever by the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry.
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.
Radiohead rendered as Lego figures!
During an interview about his next solo record, the Radiohead guitarist spoke a bit about the band's new album, currently being recorded.
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”.
Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead
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Heads up, Radiohead fans! This one's for you.
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.
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.
Yorke hopes to “bypass the self elected gate-keepers’ with new method of releasing music.
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.
There's a new Thom Yorke record on the way!
“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'".
What will this change mean for the way the charts are compiled?
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.
Continue reading: Singles Chart To Include Streaming Services
Rumours continue to circulate after Glasto boss reveals the Purple One’s reason for pulling potential headline slot.
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.
Could 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.
Continue reading: Could Prince Still Play Glastonbury?
The terms of YouTube's upcoming music streaming service might spell removal en mass for indie videos.
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.
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.
Before the Wu Tang Clan release their's here's some other very rare and very valuable releases.
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'?
Foo Fighters 'The One' (2002)
Continue reading: Wu-Tang Clan and Five Other Rare Records You Won't Own
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
Alt-J, Ben Howard and Lianne La Havas feature on British music USB given to G8 leaders at last month's Northern Ireland summit.
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 of love.
Perhaps the Tory party leader is attempting to up his "cool" factor or seem down with the kids - the voters of tomorrow - having also recently been seen at Oxfordshire's Cornbury Festival and regularly sharing his music taste with reporters. The ten songs weren't selected by the busy PM however, rather the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) assembled the tracklist presented to each of the G8 leaders on a USB stick.
Cameron Taking Some Time Out Of Parliament To Soak Up The Sun At Oxfordshire's Cornbury Music Festival.
Continue reading: David Cameron Gives Romantic Mixtape To G8 Leaders, Who's On It?
Welsh Bruce Springsteen fans have shown 'What Love Can Do' after many camped out for days and spent a small fortune for the very best spot at their hero's Millenium Stadium concert.
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. 'The Boss' will perform tonight (23 July) to 29,000 fans at a sold out show, with some making absolutely sure they didn't miss out on a front row position in the standing area of the arena.
Springsteen: A True Guitar Hero.
BBC News spoke to Warrington fan Tony Tower who admitted he'd been camped outside Millenium Stadium for five days. Mr. Tower explained his need to be at the very front: "It's all about getting under the mic - it's better to be in the pit than out of it. It's the heart of the concert." He also admitted that he'd spent more than £1,300 on tickets to see his idol and that was all OK with his wife, saying "It's not about the cost - it's about the experience. My wife tells me I can afford it." Spoken like a true fan!
Thom Yorke has run into opposition over his Spotify stance.
Earlier this week, Yorke and Nigel Godrich delivered a scathing critique of the streaming service's business model before making both his solo and Atoms for Peace tracks unavailable.
"The reason is that new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work," said Godrich in one of several messages re-tweeted by Yorke.
Continue reading: Thom Yorke Pleads "Don't Make Us The Target" After Spotify Backlash
The Radiohead frontman has issues with the music streamer.
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 says works for the shareholders but not for the musical talent.
Thom Yorke doing his thing in Manchester
Nigel Godrich, Radiohead producer and member of Atoms For Peace, sent out a series of Tweets attacking Spotify. He wrote: “We’re off of Spotify. It’s bad for new music. The reason is that new artists get paid f**k all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.” Yorke added: “Make no mistake, new artists you discover on Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples.” The singer said he was “standing up for our fellow musicians.”
Continue reading: Hold Up, Is Thom Yorke Right to Be So High And Mighty?
Thom Yorke has been criticized by British producer Stephen Street.
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 Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulling his music from the streaming service. Currently, the web company - which offers 20 million songs - pays artists as little as 0.4p per stream. To put it into context, a song with one million plays would earn the artist £3,800.
It prompted Yorke and long-time producer Nigel Godrich to publically criticize Spotify on Twitter this week, with the Radiohead frontman pulling his solo work as well as his Atoms for Peace tracks from the service.
Godrich wrote: "We're off of Spotify. It's bad for new music. The reason is that new artists get paid f**k all with this model. It's an equation that just doesn't work."
Continue reading: Stephen Street Accuses Thom Yorke of Hypocrisy Over Spotify Blackout
Want to listen to Thom Yorke or Atoms for Peace on Spotify? Forget it.
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 Godrich took to Twitter this week to explain their reasoning for yanking the tracks.
"The numbers don't even add up for Spotify yet. But it's not about that. It's about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable," Godrich tweeted. "Meanwhile small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right."
He continued: "Streaming suits [back] catalogue. But [it] cannot work as a way of supporting new artists' work. Spotify and the like either have to address that fact and change the model for new releases or else all new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet. [Streaming services] have no power without new music."
Continue reading: How to Disappear Completely: Thom Yorke Yanks Songs From Spotify