Radiohead have released 18 hours of previously unheard material recorded around the time of OK Computer’s release. The collection of recordings had been stolen from the band by hackers who were reportedly demanding $150,000 in exchange for not releasing them. As a further sign of rebellion against the ransom demands, have decided to donate money from the sales to Extinction Rebellion, a UK-based climate activism group.
The series of events is outlined in a post by the band on their Instagram account, signed by guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
“Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it’s only tangentially interesting. And very, very long,” reads the post.
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Radiohead fans have already created a document outlining the contents of the 18 MiniDisc recordings, all with timestamps. In amongst alternate versions of track and rehearsals, highlights include Thom Yorke beatboxing and an 11-minute version of Paranoid Android.
You can buy the album entitled MINIDISCS [HACKED] from Radiohead’s Bandcamp page for £18, and the money will be donated to climate activism group Extinction Rebellion.
You can buy the recordings for the next 18 days here: radiohead.bandcamp.com.