5 June 2021
Active since 1985 – so far 9 studio albums
Album: AMNESIAC – 5th LP
Released: 4 June 2001 – 20 years ago
Rolling Stone: “Between arena tours and Number One albums, Radiohead want to get away from it all. Not a week in Goa or a summer in Provence but a more complete escape: oblivion. The songs on Amnesiac contemplate suicide, divorce, paranoia and mysterious disappearances, and the music follows them into the ether.” Score: 3.5/5.
AllMusic: “Where ‘Kid A’ had shock on its side, along with an admirably dogged desire to not be conventional, ‘Amnesiac’ often plays as a hodgepodge. True, it’s a hodgepodge with amazing moments… Radiohead are one of the best bands of their time.” Score: 3.5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Many thought that Thom Yorke and co would commit commercial suicide with this album and its twin brother Kid A (released a year before). I have no idea how many copies it sold. What I do know is that 20 years after it troubled many Radiohead fans, Amnesiac still sounds nothing less than amazing.
RADIOHEAD: All Albums
1 June 2021
Thom Yorke (Radiohead) / Richard Ashcroft (The Verve)
John Travolta / Nicolas Cage (the movie)
18 January 2021
(pic via Omega Auctions / PA Wire)
RADIOHEAD members originally met at Abingdon School in
Oxfordshire. They formed a band called On A Friday in 1985.
A demo tape featuring 6 tracks of which 3 never heard before – ‘Promise Me’,
‘Boy In A Box’ and ‘These Chains’- has now come to the surface. Omega Auctions
will lift the hammer on January 26.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather commented: “The tracks are raw but certainly suggest
something of the fantastic potential that the band would realise in a few years’ time.”
The demo is expected to fetch £2,000.
Radiohead frontman about his career…
2 October 2020
Album: KID A – fourth LP
Released: 2 October 2000 – 20 years ago today
Pitchfork wrote: “The experience and emotions tied to listening to Kid A are like witnessing the stillborn birth of a child while simultaneously having the opportunity to see her play in the afterlife on Imax. It’s an album of sparking paradox. It’s cacophonous yet tranquil, experimental yet familiar, foreign yet womb-like, spacious yet visceral, textured yet vaporous, awakening yet dreamlike, infinite yet 48 minutes. It will cleanse your brain of those little crustaceans of worries and inferior albums clinging inside the fold of your gray matter. The harrowing sounds hit from unseen angles and emanate with inhuman genesis. When the headphones peel off, and it occurs that six men (Nigel Godrich included) created this, it’s clear that Radiohead must be the greatest band alive, if not the best since you know who. Breathing people made this record! And you can’t wait to dive back in and try to prove that wrong over and over.”
Full review here. Score: 10/10.
Thom Yorke: “We toyed with the idea of making it a double album, but I think that would
only have confused everybody even more, so we decided to stick with the songs we picked.”
Turn Up The Volume: “‘Kid A’, and his brother ‘Amnesiac’, was the result of a burnout after the global success of ‘OK Computer’. I’m still waiting for the next burnout.”
Top singles from the past…
28 June 2020
Single: No Surprises
B-sides: Palo Alto and How I Made My Millions
Released: 12 January 1998
Score: #4 in the UK
Album: OK Computer – the band’s third LP
Great concert posters from the past
15 October 2003
Top singles from the past…
15 May 2020
Single: Fake Plastic Trees
B-sides: India Rubber and How Can You Be Sure?
Released: 15 May 1995 – 25 years ago
Score: #20 in the UK, #11 on alternative
charts in the US and #7 in Canada
Album: The Bends – their stunning second LP
Great magazine covers from the past…
Memorable live moments…
Watch THOM YORKE and RADIOHEAD play a spine-tingling version of one of their best songs ever ‘FAKE PLASTIC TREES‘ (from their superb 1995 Bends album) at Glastonbury Festival in 2017. It starts magically acoustic and explodes midway into a rousing epic knockout. Just awesome…
Here’s is the original clip…
The original artwork of the single…