Radiohead - Did You Know?

Radiohead - Did You Know?February 18, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English rock band, Radiohead.




Radiohead are an English rock band that was formed in 1985 in Abingdon-on-Thames. They consist of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass) and Philip Selway (drums, percussion).

The original name of Radiohead was On a Friday, but they changed it to Radiohead in 1989 because it was the name of a song by the band Talking Heads. They started playing together and writing songs in 1987, but waited until 1991 to sign a record deal and start recording, because they wanted to finish college.

Radiohead released their debut single "Creep" in 1992, which became a worldwide hit. This single was of course included in their debut album that came out in 1993. They went against the prevailing musical winds in Britain by wholeheartedly rejecting Brit pop, which they felt was regressive. Another interesting fact is that all band members were students at Abingdon school and they all still live nearby.

The band's third album, OK Computer from 1997, brought them international success and fame. It is noted for its complex production and themes of modern alienation, and is often regrded as a landmark record of the 1990s, as well as one of the best albums in popular music. Their next album, Kid A from 2000, was named the best album of the decade by Pitchfork, the Times and Rolling Stone.

In 2005, Radiohead were ranked on the 73rd spot of Rolling Stone's list of "The Greatest Artists of All Time". The band's guitarists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien were both included in Rolling Stone's list of greatest guitarists. The band's lead vocalist Thom Yorke was included on the list of greatest singersIn 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the band as the second-best artist of the 2000s.

Radiohead had sold over 30 million albums all over the world by the year 2011.

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Thom Yorke, lead singer of the band Radiohead, wrote the song "Creep" before the band formed. Yorke gave his demo version to Colin Greenwood, who joined him and helped put the band together.

Yorke wrote the song "Creep" in 1987 while he was a student at Exeter University in England, and first recorded it acoustic. The song was not released in the US until Radiohead's debut album in 1993.

Radiohead finished college and signed their record deal in 1991. Yorke said the song is about being in love with someone, but not feeling good enough.

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The song "Karma Police" by Radiohead is about fate and how it will always catch up with you. Radiohead band members used to warn each other that "karma police" would get them if they didn't behave.

Lead singer Thom Yorke said that "Karma Police" is dedicated to everyone who works for a big firm. It's a song against bosses.

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