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

Radiohead Star Philip Selway Plays Beatles With Ringo Starr


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Radiohead's Philip Selway and Ringo Starr has got to be one of the coolest live collaborations this year - and there have been quite a few. They performed a rendition of 'With a Little Help From My Friends' during Ringo's New York show earlier this week.

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The drummer and the former Beatle united for a performance of the 1967 Beatles number from their 'Yellow Submarine' album on Wednesday night (November 15th 2017) at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as part of the Ringo Starr All Starr Band tour dates. 

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Bon Jovi, Radiohead And Nina Simone Among 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees


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It's that time of year again where rock fans have the difficult decision of voting on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ballot for 2018, this year picking from nineteen amazing candidates including Bon Jovi, Radiohead, LL Cool J and Nina Simone. Truly spoilt for choice.

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Fans can sign up and vote for up to five candidates on the induction ballot, including the newly eligible Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead. Plus, another seven of the nominees are up for induction for the very first time while the likes of J. Geils Band and LL Cool J face their fifth and fourth nominations respectively.

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Radiohead And Hans Zimmer Working Together On 'Blue Planet II' Soundtrack


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Radiohead have announced that they are teaming up with renowned film soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer to work on the score for the BBC’s upcoming natural history series ‘Blue Planet II’.

The acclaimed English rockers are re-recording their 2011 song ‘Bloom’, from their album The King of Limbs, in an orchestral version inspired by the sounds of the sea for the new Sir David Attenborough-fronted series.

Titled ‘(ocean) bloom’, the piece will be featured in a five-minute prequel snippet that will be released on September 27th.

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Radiohead's 'Lift' Director Wants Fans To Work Out The Hidden Messages Themselves


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People really don't know what to make of the video for Radiohead's song 'Lift'; a previously unreleased track that didn't make it on to the original 'OK Computer' release. But as simple as it seems, it's definitely chock full of obscure and ambiguous symbolism.

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Directed by Oscar Hudson (who worked on visuals for the band's 2016 album 'A Moon Shaped Pool'), the video features frontman Thom Yorke travelling in an elevator as different people come in and out, though not all floors lead to corridors in a high-rise building; sometimes the door opens into someone's living room, giving brief glimpses of people's very different lives.

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Radiohead Refuse Israel Boycott And Play Their Longest Show In A Decade


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Radiohead have stuck to their guns and played their controversial gig in Israel, despite numerous campaigners urging them to boycott the country as a matter of cultural respect for the people of Palestine who are suffering under the government's rule. The question is: were they right to do it?

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Since they announced that they would be playing live at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv, people from all over the internet have been warning the band against such a move because of the conflicts between Palestine and Israel. But they insist that just because the people of the country are under a government they don't necessarily agree with, doesn't mean they shouldn't get to enjoy a bit of Radiohead.

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Radiohead Respond To Critics Of Israel Gig


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Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has hit out at critics of the band’s decision to perform a concert in Israel on their current tour.

The band is set to play in Tel Aviv next week on the final date of their current world tour supporting last year's album A Moon Shaped Pool, but they have repeatedly come under fire from critics of Israel’s policies towards Palestine, and are being urged to call it off as part of a cultural boycott. They have played there eight times in their career, but not since 2000, well before the 2005 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement began.

Noted filmmaker Ken Loach wrote a critical article in The Independent on Tuesday this week (July 11th) attacking the group for their decision to play there, but the band’s singer Thom Yorke took to Twitter the following day to clarify their stance and that their gig was not in any way a sign that they endorse Israeli policies.

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Radiohead perform at the Inaugural TRNSMT Festival held at Glasgow Green - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Friday 7th July 2017

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The Xx Think Glastonbury Headline Slot Would Be Crazy


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The XX think it would be ''crazy'' to headline Glastonbury.

The band performed before Pyramid Stage headliners Radiohead at this year's event and their set was so well-received, they have been tipped to follow in their footsteps at a future festival but they still can't believe they've come that far.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson, who was sitting in for Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, singer and guitarist Romy Croft said: ''A few people have said that, the next step is, the only way you can go is up. I'm stumbling thinking about it because I think that does feel very crazy to me that that's even being talked about for us.

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Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead perform at Manchester Emirates Stadium - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th July 2017

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Glastonbury 2017: Foo Fighters, Johnny Depp And The Killers Among The Highlights


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Another Glastonbury extravaganza has come and gone, and this time we won't see the UK's most renowned music event again for two years. It was certainly a week to remember, however, with top sets from headliners Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran and so much other fun going on.

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Continue reading: Glastonbury 2017: Foo Fighters, Johnny Depp And The Killers Among The Highlights

Radiohead headline the Pyramid Stage on the third day at Glastonbury Festival 2017 - Worthy Farm, Mendip, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd June 2017

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Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Slot Was 'hell'


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Radiohead's first Glastonbury headline slot was ''a form of hell''.

The 'Creep' hitmakers are set to headline the famous English festival on Friday (23.06.17) after having previously performed in the top slot in 1997 and 2003, and have said their first foray into headlining the event 20 years ago put them into ''crisis mode''.

Their performance was riddled with technical difficulties, and guitarist Ed O'Brien has now recalled the moment their ''dream'' was transformed into ''a kind of hell''.

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Thom Yorke Reveals He Almost Walked Off Stage During Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Show


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It was the performance that came to be remembered as their defining moment as a band, but Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has revealed that he very nearly walked off stage during their headline slot at Glastonbury Festival twenty years ago.

The show, which took place a mere fortnight after the release of their masterpiece OK Computer in June 1997, was beset by technical hitches and production issues on the night, but Radiohead nevertheless delivered what is widely regarded to be the best Glasto performance ever, with most people present and watching at home on TV not noticing the problems.

During the encore of the set, Yorke even thanked the crowd for their patience because “all the speakers have been blowing up and stuff”.

Continue reading: Thom Yorke Reveals He Almost Walked Off Stage During Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Show

Jonny Greenwood performs on the first day of the second weekend of Coachella 2017 - Indio, California, United States - Friday 21st April 2017

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Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead performs on the first day of the second weekend of Coachella 2017 - Indio, California, United States - Friday 21st April 2017

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