Airbag: How’s My Driving?

What Went Right With I Might Be Wrong?

by Jonathan on December 7, 2001

The following article is from MTV.com:

What Went Right With I Might Be Wrong?
Before I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings slinks off the Billboard 200 charts entirely (it slides to #166 next week), we’d like to take a moment and ponder what could have been (and maybe should have been) for Radiohead’s much-ballyhooed concert record.

Coming on the heels of the band’s potent 1-2 combination punch of Kid A and Amnesiac, as well as Radiohead’s acclaimed tours of Europe, North America and Japan this summer, I Might Be Wrong was obviously meant as a way to tide fans over until Thom Yorke and company’s next proper release. Nothing new there, as Radiohead had previously done something similar by issuing its Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP in spring 1998, almost nine months after releasing OK Computer and featuring several B-sides and unreleased tracks from the OK sessions.

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News for January 27, 1999

by Jonathan on January 27, 1999

phew. where do i begin? i haven’t updated since last summer so let me recap the highlights.

the band has been nominated for a grammy this year. you might be wondering, “for what?!” well the airbag ep has been nominated for “best alternative live performance.” here are the nominees:

1. beastie boys – hello nasty
2. tori amos – from the choirgirl hotel
3. smashing pumpkins – adore
4. pj harvey – is this desire
5. radiohead – airbag/ how am i driving ep
radiohead has also been nominated for a Brit award for best video on their no surprises video. the video was directed by grant gee, who you know directed the meeting people is easy documentary. and the nominees are…
1. all saints – under the bridge
2. mel b and missy elliot – i want you back
3. cornershop – brimful of asha
4. jamiroquai – deeper underground
5. massive attack – teardrop
6. george michael – outside
7. placebo – pure morning
8. radiohead – no surprises
9. robbie williams – let me entertain you
10. robbie williams – millennium

last december 10 at bercy stadium in paris, radiohead took part in the 50th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. it was a concert put on by amnesty international and the body shop. it was the only radiohead performance in europe for 1998.

setlist: lucky/ karma police/ exit music/ talk show host/ my iron lung/ no surprises/ fake plastic trees/ bones/ paranoid android/ street spirit/

THOM: ‘OUR PROBLEMS ARE UTTERLY, UTTERLY IRRELEVANT’
Thom Yorke has revealed that performing at the Amnesty International gig is a way of “addressing my guilt, I guess”. In a recent interview, on UK’s Channel Four news he said: “Radiohead came out of the grunge culture of complaint. I think we’ve grown up and it’s dawned on us that our problems are utterly, utterly irrelevant and it’s offensive to have them rammed down your throat on MTV. Thom Yorke, who has always maintained a resolutely anti-rockstar attitude, also attacked the clichés of rock star celebrity: “What I find really offensive is the way our culture – once anyone has any degree of success – gets into the realms of Hello magazine ‘Have a look at our glamorous lifestyle that you should all be aspiring to – come look the homes of the rich ‘n’ famous and look at them doing charlie in the toilets. This is your future – this is success’.” He said he felt comfortable using his celebrity to help the cause of Amnesty International: “I don’t really use it for anything else.”

Thom Yorke, Beastie Boys’ Mike D and DJ Shadow join Handsome Boy Modeling School (ROLLING STONE)
The Handsome Boy Modeling School sounds like a front for a NAMBLA command center. Thankfully, it’s only an ultra-bizarre name for an experimental, hip-hop-skewed album created by Bay Area DJs producers Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Prince Paul. The album, due out next April on Tommy Boy, will feature an all-star cast of trendy urban technicians, MCs, indie and electronica bedfellows, and alt-giants, such as DJ Shadow, Beastie Boy Mike D, Alec Empire and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke — all too old and hairy in the wrong places to join an actual handsome boy modeling school. According to Nakamura, the “hip-hop textured” album will consist of between fifteen to twenty “things,” some of which will be skits, and the rest songs. “It’s not necessarily gonna be a big singles record or anything,” he says. “But it’s gonna be a cool record, I hope. I mean, so far the cuts we’ve done, I like ’em.” Right now, eleven tracks — all produced by Nakamura (Cornershop’s When I Was Born For the 7th Time) and Prince Paul (De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising) are in various stages of completion, with Mike D and Cibo Matto vocalist Miho Hatori collaborating on a song called “Metaphysical,” German underground legend Alec Empire and indie hip-hop trio Company Flow providing flows on “Megaton B-Boy,” and DJ Shadow and Mixmaster Mike doing justice to “Holy Calamity.” Other artists making contributions to the album include Brand Nubian’s Maxwell “Grand Puba” Dixon and Derrick “Sadat X” Murphy, Ice Cube’s cousin Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Chinese Canadian DJ Kid Koala, and unofficial Beastie Boy Money Mark. While the Modeling School project progresses, Nakamura, Prince Paul and Dust Brother Mike Simpson are juggling another more mainstream brainchild called the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. “Generally, we’ve been designating Mike as the ugly,” jokes Nakamura. Under the trio’s guidance, Cornershop and De La Soul have already recorded their contributions to the album, with future cameos expected from Beck and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Altogether, Nakamura expects between eight to ten vocal tracks on the album, which is slated for a release on Dreamworks some time next fall. “It’s a little more up the middle than [the Handsome Boy Modeling School],” he says.

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News for April 23, 1998

by Jonathan on April 23, 1998

Well the US tour is over and done with. Don’t expect anymore tour dates from them. They are scheduled to play at the third annual Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington DC on June 13 and 14. Tickets for this mammoth concert are going on sale May 2 at your local TicketMaster outlets. For more info on this and the whole “Free Tibet” thing, visit www.tibet98.com.

What is this? This year’s Glastonbury Festival seems to have a band by the name of “On A Friday” on the bill. For those of you just joining us, “On A Friday” was the name Radiohead had before signing their record deal. Keep in mind folks, this is just a rumor… don’t get crazy yet.

As reported earlier, Thom is supposedly a guest on Cartoon Network’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast which airs Friday nights at midnight. No date has been announced for the show’s airing, but it is said that the show was taped last Saturday.

Radiohead has been nominated for two Ivor Norvello Awards (the UK’s most important songwritting awards.) Karma Police is nominated for Best Contemporary Song while Paranoid Android is nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

The Airbag/ How am I Driving EP should be available now to everyone. You can read a nice review of it in the L.A. Times by teasing your mouse here.

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News for April 11, 1998

by Jonathan on April 11, 1998

The Seven Television Commercials home video was not released on April 7 as I thought it would be. The compilation video featuring 7 of Radiohead’s wonderful music videos will most likely be released on April 21.

Speaking of April 21, the Airbag/ How am I Driving EP is going to be released that day too. It is already available to you Canadians. Check your local record shops.

Radiohead’s Nice Dream (which was released on their second album, The Bends,) recently appeared in a Korean movie titled “Bye Jun”. The movie examines teenage wandering. The soundtrack is enjoying great popularity in Korea while the movie is receiving unfavorable reviews. Thanks to fakeblue@netsgo.com

For those of you that want a good laugh, click here for some Thom comics.

A certain hip hop band named Credit to the Nation is covering Radiohead’s High and Dry. Enough said.
thanks to Thomas Noller.

Radiohead will be on MTV’s 120 Minutes on April 20.

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News for April 5, 1998

by Jonathan on April 5, 1998

You can listen to the KROQ April Fools joke by clicking here. It is in real audio, so you will need to have the appropriate equipment.

Thom will not be naked in the next Drugstore video as previously thought. Here is an excerpt from the fanzine “Tartrazine” in which Drugstore’s Isabel and Darren were interviewed:

t: is it true what i’ve heard about the video for ‘el president’?
isabel: it’s kind of true, but it was done in a really tasteful way….no, it’s not. if you check the paper it was actually april fools day. but we were sent that treatment by a video maker, and we thought it was so preposterous, so ridiculous – the idea of me and thom naked in mud. we showed it to thom and said ‘thom, look!’, and he said ‘oh, let’s send that to the press as a press release’.
t: so it’s not actually true?
isabel: no! oh please!
t: I didn’t really think that thom would go for that kind of thing..
darren: well, you’re the first person that knows – we haven’t told anyone else yet.
isabel: no, we haven’t told anyone. but the video’s beautiful.
t: does it have thom yorke in it?
isabel: yes. it’s beautiful – keep watching MTV because they’ve put it on heavy rotation.

many thanks to emma short

The American EP, Airbag/ How am I driving? is going to be released on April 21, 1998. Check out Capitol’s Radiohead section for more details.
Ed said that last night’s show in Salem was their best so far on the tour.

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News for March 23, 1998

by Jonathan on March 23, 1998

The video for No Surprises is supposedly going to be premiered in the US on Wednesday, March 25. It will most likely get shown on MTV Live at 6pm EST.
For those of you that don’t have MTV or live in the US, you can watch the video at www.altvideos.com.

The home video compilation of videos entitled Seven Television Commercials will be released in the US on April 7 and will include the EP, Airbag: How am I driving?

The video will be released in the UK on April 27 and will contain no EP.

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