Pioneering, confusing, brilliant British act

Multi-award-winning Oxford five-piece Radiohead are one of the most influential rock bands of the modern musical era, with no one album in their catalogue truly mirroring its predecessor. By never stagnating creatively, Radiohead have successfully courted critical acclaim unlike many other acts of their era. Forming in 1985, their debut album ‘Pablo Honey’ wasn’t released until 1993. Nowadays the record doesn’t stand up to much analysis, essentially a perfunctory indie-rock collection containing a genuine breakthrough hit, ‘Creep’; but it’s clear to hear elements the band would expand upon for their next release. ‘The Bends’ (1995) saw Radiohead break into the American market for good, and ‘OK Computer’ (1997) welcomed a new experimental dawn for the band, exploring territories previously considered too ambitious for an act battling against the Britpop tide. ‘OK Computer’ is a landmark record of the 1990s, and quite possibly remains many a fan’s favourite. 2000’s ‘Kid A’ and the following ‘Amnesiac’ saw Radiohead embrace electronic elements openly, initially dividing fans but with hindsight the records serve as necessary indicators of where the band would arrive at with ‘Hail To The Thief’ (2003) and ‘In Rainbows’ (2007) – envelope-pushing experimentation that always ensures it retains an accessible edge. Vocalist Thom Yorke released a solo album in 2006, ‘The Eraser’, and guitarist Jonny Greenwood has contributed to a number of film scores (and won a BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award at the 2006 British Composer Awards). Rolling Stone has ranked Radiohead as one of the greatest artists of all time, and their influence extends right around the globe. Album discography ‘Pablo Honey’ (1993) ‘The Bends’ (1995) ‘OK Computer’ (1997) ‘Kid A’ (2000) ‘Amnesiac’ (2001) ‘Hail To The Thief’ (2003) ‘In Rainbows’ (2007) MySpace


Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, Thom Yorke


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