Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke,
Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien.
Radiohead's single "Creep" (1992) became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album.
Radiohead's third album, OK Computer (1997) is often acclaimed as one of the landmark
records of the 1990s.
Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, with the band's work being placed highly in both
listener polls and critics' lists; they have the distinction of doing so in both the 1990s and 2000s.
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
Alternative rock, experimental rock, electronic
Atoms for Peace
Taken from the
The record company refused to allow their original name, On a Friday, which was
derived from the day of the week they practiced.
Joy Division, Pixies, Magazine, R.E.M., Elvis Costello and The Smiths.
Colin Greenwood -
bass guitar, keyboards
Jonny Greenwood -
guitar, keyboards, ondes Martenot, analogue synthesisers, other instruments
Ed O'Brien -
guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Philip Selway -
drums, percussion, backing vocals
Thom Yorke -
lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano
Additional Live Members
Clive Deamer - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2011-present)
in the mid-Eighties at Abingdon School in England Phil Selway was a year older than guitarist Ed O'Brien and guitarist/vocalist Thom Yorke, bassist Colin Greenwood a year younger than him, and Colin's multi-instrumentalist brother Jonny two years younger than him
Got Their Start:
Playing gigs locally in Oxford and appeared on the cover of Curfew, a magazine based in Oxford
Exactly. You have to have a sense of humor about it or you go crazy. People look at us like we're idiots anyway because we won't license our music for (commercial advertising). You work really hard on a piece of art, something you're really proud of, only to have it associated with something you're not proud of. People who love music have their own associations with that music, which are precious to them and if they suddenly saw it representing something else, it's robbing them of the music in a way. The payback is never enough to justify that.
We were all at school together. We existed as band for six or seven years before we actually approached a record company.
We were using that time to learn how to write songs, how to arrange and how to play really.
So it was a bedroom band for six years then as is the classic tale for most bands you meet the right people at the right point.
Things then happened quite quickly for us in terms of going from a very obscure bedroom band to being signed to EMI.
That happened over a matter of about four or five months.
It's very important. It's a large part of the glue that keeps it all together. That extends to everyone else who works with us.
On the whole everyone who works on our crew and management has been there from the very early days.
So there's that level of trust and understanding between everybody.
In a deep deep sleep of the innocent, I am born again, In a fast German car, I'm amazed that I survived, An airbag saved my life
it's gonna be a glorius day, i feel my luck could change, pull me out of the aircrash , pull me out of the lake , cause i'm your superhero, and we are standing on the edge
You want me? Come on and break the door down. You want me? Come on and @#$%& break the door down.
"A heart that's full up like a landfill and a job that slowly kills you."?
Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance (O.K. Computer)
Spin magazine's 'Band of the Year'
Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance
Q Award for Best Act In The World Today
Q magazine's 'Best Act in the World Today' award
MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction (Chris Hopewell)
Grammy Award for Alternative Music Album: In Rainbows