December 1999

News for December 31, 1999

by Jonathan on December 31, 1999

Well, this is the last update of the year, the decade, etc…

News brought to you today by Xavier.
Radiohead’s tour manager in France, Hilda Carr (she also manages bands such as Gomez, Ben and Jason, Pulp, and Supergrass), was recently interviewed on the France Inter radio show, C’est Lenoir. She mentioned that she visited Radiohead in their London studio a couple of weeks ago and was very pleased with the way the new album was sounding. She described what she heard as “pure marvel”, “positive and very surprising”, “made for alternative radio shows like this one”, and “not for mainstream radio, yet you know it’s going to be the greatest album of all.”

Hilda talked about one of the news songs she had heard while visiting the band. She said it was “an extraordinary song, so exceptional and outstanding.” It was the second time she heard it, she first heard it in February, but “at the first few bars, I recognized it. It’s that kind of song, once it’s in you head, it never leaves you.”

We can only speculate what song she was referring to.

Hilda went on to say that the band are looking to play smaller venues to support the new album, which is due to be released in six months.
On a side note, she says Nigel Godrich (Radiohead’s producer) became VERY wealthy since OKC, thanks to people such as Pavement, Travis, …
You can listen to the whole interview in French here.

There’s another article about Ed’s Diary and the sending of demos to air on future Radiohead webcasts, at the French site MCM Online.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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News for December 28, 1999

by Jonathan on December 28, 1999

NY’s K-Rock recently had a interview with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe in which he denied rumors about the possible Radiohead/R.E.M. collaborations.

“Speaking of experimental, Stipe said that while rumors of he and Radiohead working on a project aren’t true, he does speak to frontman Thom Yorke often. Because of their frequent discussions about music and studio techniques he says it’s quite possible that new albums from both will be indirectly “inspired by one another.”

[thanks to Danny]

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News for December 26, 1999

by Jonathan on December 26, 1999

Phew… now that I’m all stuffed up with Christmas treats, let’s continue where we left off…

Ink Blot Magazine just put up their “Best of the 90s” and guess what? Radiohead was an overwhelming #1 with OK Computer! You can see the other choices by visiting Ink Blot here.

Radiohead also did well in the French weekly culture mag Les Inrockuptibles, making it twice in their best albums of the last 25 years poll. OK Computer was # 3 and The Bends was #14.

Here’s what they had to say about Radiohead:

“OK Computer, or how an english band with a mixed résumé make the most of their third album to sublimate their every move, their voice, their feeling, their sounds. Both a comprehensive survey of rock and a brilliant concentrated.”
The Bends : “Before was the Pablo Honey album and its worldwide hit “Freak” [sic]. After will be the breathtaking OK Computer. Middle-aged, right below the surface, Radiohead craft The Bands, complex and ambitious rock collage.”

The Belgian radio station Studio Brussel is doing their “150 best songs of the last 40 years.” Radiohead were honored with multiple songs: Fake Plastic Trees (#120), Karma Police (#52), Paranoid Android (#25), Street Spirit (#22), and Creep (#6).

For those of you that have BBC America, there will be a rebroadcast of Radiohead’s performance on “Later with Jools Holland” on January 14 at 11pm ET.

The February 2000 issue of Select will feature an article about the upcoming album by Radiohead.

And the news wouldn’t be complete without some more articles about Ed’s Diary. Read them at:
music365 [http://www.music365.co.uk/autocontent/news_019578.htm]
Q Online [http://www.qonline.co.uk/news/default.asp?mode=link&ref=1648]
Spin Online [http://www.spin.com/noise/news/1999/12/20/1/index.html#item3]
[thanks to Sarah, Xavier, and Leen Smet for today’s news]

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News for December 21, 1999

by Jonathan on December 21, 1999

A few weeks ago Yahoo! held a chat with R.E.M. Michael Stipe was asked about the R.E.M./Radiohead connection:

sadprofessor1460 asks: Michael, I read that you did some work with Thom Yorke recently. What did you work on and when will we be able to get a hold of hit?
rem_live: Stipe: We haven’t worked officially in the studio as musicians, we just talk a lot as friends.
rem_live: But REM and Radiohead actually talk a lot and kind of challenge each other musically as to what each of us are doing next.

[thanks to Nicholas]
Street SpiritThe Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has got the “promo list” for MTV Europe’s top 100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made. Radiohead came in at #9 for their awesome video for “Street Spirit (fade out).”
“9. Radiohead – “Street Spirit”
Direction: Jonathan Glazer (1996)

Wonderful slowmotion effects in black and white. It’s not often a video fits perfect with its song, but this time it did.”

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News for December 19, 1999

by Jonathan on December 19, 1999

Ed’s diary has been updated once again with some wonderful news, especially if you missed the recent “Amateur Nite” webcast. Here is an excerpt:

“i have just had a thought……..still excited by last thursdays live webcast .and thinking about ways it could be developed……i think it could be very cool to play new stuff by unsigned bands, musicians, collectives (ie bands not on major labels – small indie is fine).if any of you are making music, have mates that are or you just think that this music that you are in to deserves to be heard then send it into me at our po box address, which is po box 322, oxford, ox4 1ey. i like all kinds of shit so please don’t just send in guitar band stuff. anything. spread the word. alright that’s enough for now. happy xmas… and a very merry millenium…..”

Jam Music has an article about it here.

Radiohead was was named twice in the 100 Most Compelling Albums of the ’90s list compiled by Nude as the News. OK Computer was honored with #2 while The Bends was #38.

OK, I know this is too late, but the French-German TV channel ARTE aired “Meeting People is Easy” last night. It was edited down to 52 minutes.

They apparently got the names of Radiohead totally wrong: “Oxford-based, Johnny Greenwood, Charlie May, Jerry Chater and Thom Yorke, a.k.a. Radiohead……” “As for Jerry, the bass player, …”)

Phew, it must be the end of the year… Entertainment Weekly recently named Radiohead #8 for Best Group in their online poll. You can see that and the rest in the current Entertainment Weekly which can be found at your local newsstand.

[many thanks to Leen Smet, Tony Raffini, and Xavier for their help with the news!]

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News for December 14, 1999

by Jonathan on December 14, 1999

Lord! More article about the webcast, courtesy of the ever attentive Xavier, are at VH-1, Music365, Chart Attack, and those crazy Ink Blot guys. 🙂
And speaking of the webcast, expect more of them in the future. This is one of the latest additions in Ed’s Diary:

“first ‘live’ performance in front of an audience for exactly (and strangely) a year……..it was early morning so it was the 10th. it started with jonny (aka DJ REQUIRED) and thom’s dj set and then a last minute executive decision was made to play ‘knives out’ around the xmas tree. ‘amateur hour’ will hopefully become a regular night for us – but will be different each time – there will however be ongoing items like phil’s puppet show. for those who don’t know what i’m going on about – we did a live web broadcast to about 250 people – courtesy of tim bran and those lovely people at the ninja tunes label.”

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