Musical Monday: Radiohead

I’ve been promoting my favourite artists over the past few months, those that I’ve seen in concert more than once. Today’s the turn of Radiohead

Radiohead are an English rock band formed in 1985 and consisting of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments) and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals) and Philip Selway (drums, percussion). The band’s experimental approach is credited with advancing the sound of alternative rock.

Radiohead released their debut single Creep, in 1992. which became a worldwide hit after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Their popularity and critical standing rose with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer (1997), brought them international fame and much acclaim. Kid A (2000) marked a dramatic change in style, incorporating influences from electronic music, jazz, classical music and krautrock. It was followed by Amnesiac (2001), recorded in the same sessions.

Hail to the Thief (2003) was Radiohead’s final album for EMI. Their subsequent releases have pioneered alternative release platforms for their subsequent albums. Band members have released solo albums and even debuted a new band.

Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and their many awards include six Grammys and four Ivor Novellos. The magazine Rolling Stone named Radiohead one of the 100 greatest artists of all time, and Rolling Stone readers voted them the second-best artist of the 2000s. Five Radiohead albums have been included in Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time lists, and the band are the most nominated act in Mercury Prize history, with five nominations. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.


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