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Radiohead album by album

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ponkine, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hi :wave:

    I noticed that there's no dedicated thread to Radiohead discography :eek: Yes, there're separate polls, "best sounding version" threads, etc but no a comprehensive thread with all the albums, EPs, singles and more

    So your participation and help is needed!


    In 1986, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien formed a band called On A Friday after meeting at Oxfordshire’s Abingdon School. They played their first gig in Oxford’s Jericho Tavern.

    In 1991, the band signed to EMI Records and changed their name to

    Radiohead, British rock group that was arguably the most accomplished art-rock band of the early 21st century. This revered quintet made some of the most majestic—if most angst-saturated—music of the postmodern era. Formed in the mid-1980s at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, Radiohead comprised singer-guitarist Thom Yorke (b. October 7, 1968, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England), bassist Colin Greenwood (b. June 26, 1969, Oxford, Oxfordshire), guitarist Ed O’Brien (b. April 15, 1968, Oxford), drummer Phil Selway (b. May 23, 1967, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire), and guitarist-keyboardist Jonny Greenwood (b. November 5, 1971, Oxford).

    Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass), and Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals). They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994

    The members of Radiohead met while attending Abingdon School, an independent school for boys in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Guitarist and singer Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood were in the same year, guitarist Ed O'Brien and drummer Phil Selway in the year above, and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood two years below. In 1985, they formed On a Friday, the name referring to the band's usual rehearsal day in the school's music room. Jonny Greenwood was the last to join, first on harmonica and then keyboards, but soon became the lead guitarist; he had previously been in another band, Illiterate Hands, with musician Nigel Powell and Yorke's brother Andy Yorke. At one point, On a Friday featured a saxophone section. Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley had an active independent music scene in the late 1980s, but it centred on shoegazing bands such as Ride and Slowdive.

    Although all but Jonny had left Abingdon by 1987 to attend university, On a Friday continued to rehearse on weekends and holidays. At the University of Exeter, Yorke played with the band Headless Chickens, performing songs including future Radiohead material. In 1991, On a Friday regrouped, sharing a house on the corner of Magdalen Road and Ridgefield Road, Oxford. They recorded demos such as Manic Hedgehog, and performed in Oxford, including more performances at the Jericho Tavern. As On a Friday continued to perform live, record labels and producers became interested. Chris Hufford, Slowdive's producer and the co-owner of Oxford's Courtyard Studios, attended an early On a Friday concert at the Jericho Tavern. Impressed, he and his partner Bryce Edge produced a demo tape and became On a Friday's managers; they remain Radiohead's managers today. In late 1991, after a chance meeting between Colin Greenwood and EMI A&R representative Keith Wozencroft at Our Price, the record shop where Colin Greenwood worked, the band signed a six-album recording contract with EMI. At the request of EMI, the band changed their name; "Radiohead" was taken from the song "Radio Head" on the Talking Heads album True Stories (1986).

  2. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    I’ll be closely watching this thread! Love discussing this band.
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  3. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Radiohead's first known recording dates back to 1986, when they formed as a band (they weren't Radiohead then)

    The demo tape is known as 'On A Friday'. You can hear The Smiths influence. Thom Yorke was just 17

    1. Fragile Friend
    2. Girl (In The Purple Dress)
    3. Everybody Knows
    4. Mountains (On The Move)
    5. Fat Girl
    6. Lemming Trail
    7. Lock The Door
    8. Fragile Friend (Remix)
    9. Lemming Trail (Remix)
    10. Lock The Door (version)
    11. In The Breeze

  4. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    The really early stuff doesn’t do much for me, but it’s definitely interesting to hear the seeds of what they turned into. I’m always impressed by the fact that they’ve retained the same lineup since way back then!
  5. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    My favourite band of all time, I will definitely be contributing!:righton:
  6. Assassin Yassassin

    Assassin Yassassin Well-Known Member

    I'll be watching this. Only coming to appreciate them very recently and have only a few albums.
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  7. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA.
    I'm also in for this thread--I don't know the On A Friday stuff that well, and Pablo Honey is only a fair to middling album overall--but just about everything after that is fascinating listening.
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  8. autumn daze

    autumn daze I really don't belong here

    Milton Keynes, UK
    I believe there was a recently unearthed video of a Thom Yorke group playing High and Dry from the 80s/early 90s on YouTube somewhere. I’ll have to try and find it.

    *I will add I am a new father to a 3-week-old boy so I may be delusional from lack of sleep and have made this all up.
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  9. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    (watch thread)

    Count me in. :wave:
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  10. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    Right here:

    I don’t know much about Headless Chickens though
  11. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It reminds me Stones Roses 'Waterfall'
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  12. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    It’s pretty wild that Radiohead started with their Smiths-influenced sound while the Smiths were still a functioning band. I always forget that. They feel like they’re from such different eras
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  13. dadonred

    dadonred I learned to pose before I learned to play

    Austin, TX
    Fragile Friend vox sounds a little Bono-ish (that’s not a bad thing).

    I thought Radiohead’s story was ‘we could barely play our instruments when we started’ -clearly not.

    It’s fun to hear Thom so ‘serious’ (committed) in his delivery.

    Fascinating baseline for what would come.

    ‘Everybody Knows’ any idea who’s playing guitar on the intro. Elements of RH: the background vox, the left-turn chord change between verse and chorus. (Hilarious to hear the strummed harmonics and ‘Kenny G’ embellishments on this - I wonder if it nauseates them or if they have good thoughts about it?) Good recording on this demo. Very flange-y!
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  14. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    I always think of Radiohead's early songs including up to Pablo Honey are very much a product of their influences, there's a huge amount of Pixies,R.E.M. and The Smiths in the sound.
  15. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    Radiohead brings together the sounds of all my favorite bands (REM, Joy Division/New Order, Pixies). And then they keep expanding on that! It’s probably why I have such a soft spot for them
  16. CassetteDek

    CassetteDek social distancing since 1979

    I’ve been needing a good thread-count me in!
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  17. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    I don't know the history of the band, but I have, and enjoy the box set.
    I will certainly be participating given the time.
  18. Tigerpop

    Tigerpop Forum Resident

    Manahawkin NJ
    Yes absolutely best active band on the planet right now. Not close.
  19. jalexander

    jalexander Forum Resident

    Wow! Amazing to hear an original by a perfectly decent local battle of the bands type artist that would eventually turn into a worthy global hit. There’s so much hear that carries into the Radiohead version, including the chorus harmonies and the guitar solo (played by Thom!). But there’s also so much wrong with this version that differentiates it from a proper hit

    Radiohead are one of my faves, but I just survived the U2 ABA and am now in the Wilco SBS!
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  20. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident Thread Starter

    In 1988 they recorded another demo, called 'Woodworm'
    The 3 songs are:

    - Happy Song
    - To Be A Brilliant Light
    - Sinking Ship

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  21. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    On a side note this is by far is the best Radiohead fansite,the amount of depth on there is pretty outstanding.
    Citizen Insane
  22. Sebastian saglimbenI

    Sebastian saglimbenI Forum Resident

    New york
    I love the box-set and I have the import 2c.d./1d.v.d. clamshell reissues of the e.m.i. albums....i need to purchase everything after those...i am totally out of the loop on those albums.
  23. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    Congrats on the babe! The Headless Chickens version is great but I've always wanted to hear Thom's later demo for Radiohead which was recorded against the background of a loop sampled from a Soul II Soul record
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  24. dadonred

    dadonred I learned to pose before I learned to play

    Austin, TX
    Somewhere there are ex-saxophonists at cocktail parties saying, Yeah, I used to be in Radiohead...
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  25. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

    New York
    Radiohead, in Nigel Powel's room, while Johnny was in a band with Thom's younger brother

    And damn I want those IQ posters


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