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We all learned something new about Radiohead today. Don’t mess with them because they’ll only mess with you back.
Unsure about what we’re talking about? Last week some hackers stole band member Thom Yorke’s minidisk archive and reportedly demanded $150,000 or else they would leak all the outtakes and demos from the band’s OK Computer sessions—18 hours worth.
Well, Radiohead just one upped them and released those 18 hours of recordings on Bandcamp. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood released a statement on the band’s website, writing that “instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days. So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.” That’s about $30 CAD and $23 USD if you were wondering, with all of the proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion, a non-violent ecological activist group based in London. Snaps for Radiohead.
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Since the songs are only titled by numbers, such as “MD111,” “MD112,” all the way through to “MD128,” some hardcore fans decided to create a shared google doc to organize the different types of music found on the recordings. It’s colour-coded by song versions, with symbols to represent which tracks are favourites, rumoured tracks, and even solo Yorke tracks. Basically, if you are unsure about anything in the recordings, refer to this page for guidance.
OK Computer, which came out nearly 22 years to date, spawned singles “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “No Surprises,” and more. The album reached critical acclaim despite lower sales, brought them international fame, and was the beginning of Radiohead’s path to more creating more experimental music.
Radiohead’s most recent release came in 2017 with the reissue of OK Computer titled OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017. The record featured remastered tracks, B-sides, and three previously unreleased songs titled “I Promise,” “Man of War,” and “Lift.”
Check out Radiohead’s bandcamp page to stream and download the sessions, dubbed “MiniDiscs [Hacked]” by the band or listen below.