September 14, 2003 |
Radiohead and the White Stripes are among the half-dozen most exciting bands in rock, though they have little in common except a contempt for the drab, unimaginative state of mainstream rock of the late '90s. After the critical and commercial success of their "OK Computer" album established Radiohead as rock's latest heroes in 1997, band leader Thom Yorke worried that rock was exhausted as an art form.
May 1, 2004 |
Throat ailment or not, the show is expected to go on tonight for Radiohead singer Thom Yorke. Radiohead is the scheduled headliner at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival tonight, but there has been anxiety that a severe throat infection would force Yorke to dash those plans. The word Friday from Coachella promoter Paul Tollet: "We've been told there are no problems and no chance of a cancellation. The band is in town, and everything should be fine."
June 3, 2001 |
"Pablo Honey," 1993. An unconvincing start for the band, though "Creep" caught the ear of radio programmers because it fit so neatly into the alienation that dominated rock in the Nirvana era. "The Bends," 1995. This follow-up didn't match the platinum success of "Pablo Honey" in the U.S., but it was a solid step forward that showcased the independence and ambition of a group whose full creative blossoming was only an album away. "OK Computer," 1997.
February 22, 1998 |
So does Thom Yorke of Radiohead have his Grammy acceptance speech already written? "Oh, yeah," Yorke says, smiling mischievously. "I'd like to thank . . . " His voice trails off, but the smile remains. Well no, Yorke admits, the British rock band won't be in New York on Wednesday for the Grammy Awards, even though its "OK Computer" is nominated for album of the year.
October 4, 2003 |
When is an honor not an honor? Ask Radiohead. The British rock band on Thursday was named "best act in the world today" for the third consecutive year by readers of Q magazine, England's rough equivalent of Rolling Stone. Members of the group, however, refused to attend the awards ceremony and sent a silent video in their place. The video showed the words "Radiohead are not talking to Q" across the bottom of the screen, in response to a Q review of the group labeling it "miserable."
October 3, 2007 |
In the war to redefine the music industry, the Delaware has been crossed. Radiohead's decision to independently release its new album "In Rainbows" in downloadable format next week, for whatever price fans wish to pay, has pop's movers and shakers alternately applauding and flinching in the wake of the attack. But nobody is surprised that this band was in the boat -- after all, Radiohead has been rock's great scruffy hope since transcending mope-rock with "OK Computer" 10 years ago.