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HOLLYWOOD – JANUARY 24: Ed O’Brien of Radiohead performs at a benefit concert on behalf of the Oxfam Haiti Relief Fund on January 24, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 08: Colin Greenwood, Thom Yorke and Philip Selway of Radiohead performs live on stage at 02 Arena on October 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

 

 

 

RADIOHEAD FACTS

-The phrase ‘King Of Limbs’ relates to an ancient oak tree in Wiltshire’s Savernake Forest, near where Radiohead recorded part of ‘In Rainbows’. The phrase also appears in the 23rd chapter of the Qu’ran.

-Radiohead’s debut album ‘Pablo Honey’ was marketed by their US label at the Beavis & Butt-head “slacker” generation. A print ad at the time read: “Radiohead – better than Butt-head! Oxford England’s rowdiest new band. Huh-huh-huh, music that doesn’t suck. Featuring the self-loathing anthem ‘Creep’.

-Thom Yorke’s dad was was an amateur boxer, and encouraged his son to take up the hobby – without much success.

-The noise at the beginning of ‘The Bends” title track is that of a group of kids parading outside an American hotel the band were staying in, which Thom ran out and taped.

-A growing number of Radiohead fans believe that ‘OK Computer’ and ‘In Rainbows’ are both part of an over-arching masterplan. Apparently if you listen to them in sequence – one song from one, then one song from the other – they blend into each other.

-Almost twenty years since it was released, ‘Creep’ is still making waves. Prince covered it at Coachella 2008 – then pulled all footage of it from YouTube. In July 2010, the trailer to The Social Network included a cover of ‘Creep’ by Belgian choir group Scala & Kolacny Brothers.

-According to Thom Yorke, he and Colin Greenwood only ended up in a band together because of their terrible dress sense: “We always ended up at the same parties. He’d be wearing a beret and a catsuit, or something pretty weird and I’d be in a frilly blouse and crushed velvet dinner suit and we’d pass round the Joy Division records.

-These days ‘Kid A’ is regarded as a boundary-breaking masterwork, but back in 2000 it had some pretty snitty reviews. Mark Beaumont in Melody Maker gave it 1.5 out of 5, calling it “tubby, ostentatious, self-congratulatory, look-ma-I-can-suck-my-own….. whiny old rubbish.”

-If he hadn’t had his heart broken, drummer Phil Selway never would have been in Radiohead. He quit the band in the early ’90s and moved to Ireland. It was only when his relationship ended that he moved back to Oxford and rejoined the band.

-Remember early 90s prank phonecall kings The Jerky Boys? The album title ‘Pablo Honey’ was inspired by one of their skits in which the prank caller says, “Pablo, honey? Please come to Florida!” to his victim. This snippet is sampled by the band on the track ‘How Do You?’.

-Members of Radiohead have played homage to their increasingly expanding offspring by dedicating various songs/albums to them. ‘Hail To The Thief’ is dedicated to Jonny’s firstborn son Tamir born in 2002; ‘Amnesiac’ is dedicated to Thom’s son Noah born in 2001; while Thom’s daughter, Agnes, born in 2004, had Yorke’s solo effort ‘The Eraser’ dedicated to her.

-In the mid-’90s Jonny started wearing a wrist brace to support a poorly strumming hand; he then decided it looked rather dapper even after his wrist was better and kept it on as a kind of trademark look.

-Thom Yorke recorded the vocals to ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ in late 1994 just after seeing Jeff Buckley play the Garage in London. Apparently, an inspired Yorke rushed back to the studio, did two takes then broke down in tears.

 

 

 

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