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Playground magazine




Members: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway

Origin: Abingdon, UK

Labels: XL, Ticker Tape Ltd., Hostess, TBD, Parlophone, Capitol


Radiohead are a band from Abingdon, UK, formed in 1985 - although they wouldn't release their first single, “Creep”, until 1992. While it went by unnoticed at first, it became a worldwide hit when their debut album, “Pablo Honey”, came out a year later. In 1995, they followed it up with “The Bends”, their first big critical success and one of the best albums of the nineties, according to many. It worked well in the charts as well, despite the fact it didn't feature a single of “Creep”-like proportions. The LP started a glorious episode, in which they released two more records, “OK Computer” and Kid A, widely regarded their big masterpieces. From this point on, the band produced their songs with the help of Nigel Godrich, who has been with them to this day. Most of the recordings took place at the famous mansion St. Catherine’s Court.

“Kid A” marked the frontier between the Radiohead sound of the early days and that of their contemporary sound; on the album, electronica takes the upper hand. The influences go from Kraut-rock to jazz, via 20th century classical music and IDM. The group experimented with several instruments, leaving the guitars in the background and incorporating brass and string instruments. It went to number 1 in the USA and the UK. It won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album and was also nominated as Album of the Year. On their next effort, “Amnesiac”, the guitars made a comeback, but the influences remained. The commercial success of its predecessor was repeated, and it got nominated for both the Mercury Prize and a Grammy for Best Alternative Album.

In 2003, “Hail To The Thief” came out, somewhat of a return to their origins. It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album, and it received excellent reviews. Four years later, they decided to release their new record, In Rainbows, themselves - leaving it up to the customer to download it at the price they saw fit. It was later released on physical formats. It was their first release after they terminated their contract with Parlophone. All in all, it did very well commercially, as well as winning the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. Again, they had clearly opted for the electronic side of their sound. Their last album to date is The King Of Limbs, also self-released, and announced less than a week before it came out. The underground electronica influence is stronger than ever, possibly mostly thanks to Thom Yorke, who has been deejaying more and more over the past few years. In fact, one of the album tracks sounds a lot like Burial. The record got nominated for five Grammys.

Selected discography

“Pablo Honey” (Parlophone, 1993)

“The Bends” (Parlophone, 1995)

“OK Computer” (Parlophone, 1997)

“Kid A” (Parlophone, 2000)

“Amnesiac” (Parlophone, 2001)

“Hail To The Thief” (Parlophone, 2003)

“In Rainbows” (Autoeditado, 2007)

The King Of Limbs” (Autoeditado, 2011)

TKOLRMX 1234567” (XL Recordings, 2011)