News for December 31, 1997

by Jonathan on December 31, 1997

hi, how are you?

well, it’s the end of the year and all the awards are being passed out. Q magazine’s readers chose OK COMPUTER as the best album of all time. they also chose THE BENDS as the sixth best. Select magazine gave OKC 2nd best album of the year as Rolling Stone’s critic’s poll named radiohead band of the year. as stated earlier, Spin magazine also named radiohead band of the year. the british magazine, Mojo, named OKC album of the year also and also asked thom and colin what their favorite albums of 1997 were:

Thom: “Five of my favorite records from this year: Laika, ‘sounds of the satellites’. They toured with us and deserve more recognition; ‘Portishead’ by Portishead. This is their second album. It is better than the first. I love them… Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s ‘Arkology’. This counts doesn’t it? My favourite thing is listening to it while looking at photos of the studio before it burnt down. Guided By Voices, ‘Mag Earwhig’. The only band who have sussed recording and are happy to make things as long as my limited attention span will allow. Reminds me of Pixies’ ‘Surfer Rosa’. Also Dr Octagon, ‘Octagynecologist’. Blue flowers is my favourite song of this year. Not sure about the sex stuff, but the rhymes shit all over the lyrics I’ve written.”

Colin: “Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ‘Arkology’. ‘Portishead’ by Portishead is the best record this autumn… Belle & Sebastian’s song ‘A Century Of Fakers’. Teenage Fanclub, “songs from northern britain’. Supergrass, ‘in it for the money’. And Manuel Ponce, ‘Preludes’. Ah. Guitar!”

there will be a home video released soon which was filmed while the band was on tour earlier in the year. it will probably be released only in canada.
radiohead will not be at next year’s V98 festival in chelmsford/leeds. don’t look for them at glastonbury either.

singer stina nordernstam has been asked to help the band in their next video which still has yet to be named but will most likely be lucky. you might recall her from the romeo and juliet soundtrack which radiohead also was on.

the no surprises single will be released in australia on january 19 with the following b-sides: palo alto, how i made my millions, and airbag (live from berlin).



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