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EMI’s Radiohead box set pre-order

There’s been a lot of discussion about how EMI has been shady in releasing their Radiohead box set around the same time In Rainbows is being released. EMI has every right to release the collection as all the albums were recorded under their label, though it’s unfortunate that it is done without the band’s cooperation or blessing.

For those that would like to purchase it, Insound has it for pre-order and have offered our visitors a 10% discount at checkout. Just go to this link, and at checkout enter in this code: greenplastic10.

The offer expires November 28.

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EMI, not Radiohead, releasing box set

By now you have probably heard that starting on December 10th, you will be able to purchase all of Radiohead’s previously released albums from All 6 studio albums plus 2001’s I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings will be available 3 different ways:

– Limited Edition CD box set repackaged in digipack sleeves featuring the original artwork.
– DRM-free, high quality 320 kbps MP3s
– Strictly limited edition 4gb USB stick, shaped in Radiohead’s iconic “bear” image and housed in a bespoke deluxe box.

For more information, head on over to

It should be noted that Radiohead themselves don’t have anything to do with this release.

EMI/Parlophone are releasing this without the band’s blessing and participation. EMI and Radiohead parted ways after 2003’s Hail to the Thief and there are rumors around that EMI is not too pleased that In Rainbows is being distributed by another label. Pitchfork has more:

The announcement earlier this week that Parlophone/EMI would be issuing a box set of Radiohead’s previously released albums took many fans by surprise. Sure, the set looks purdy, but it doesn’t come with any bonus tracks or new artwork or liner notes. And that USB stick sure is clunky. Plus, why would Radiohead want to release this thing on December 10, right when everybody will be getting their pre-ordered discboxes of In Rainbows? Seems a little fishy.

On Monday, Boing Boing posted an item about the box set. Yesterday, it was updated with the following:

“A publicity-shy reader writes, ‘I think people need to know that the band isn’t some greed machine. I can tell you with 100% certainty that EMI is putting out all those reissues without the band’s participation, blessing, permission or involvement at all. They are doing it as retribution for the band’s decision not to go with them in releasing the new album. Despite their contract being expired, EMI had been counting on the revenue from the forthcoming album. When the band put out the digital version of the album themselves, EMI threatened them with re-releasing their entire catalog on the same day the discbox of IN RAINBOWS was being sent out, Dec 10, unless the band gave EMI the standard physical release of the album. Of course the band/managers told EMI to piss off and were appalled that at such an important point in the band’s career that their former partners would do this to them.'”

We checked in with representatives from both the band and the label. According to the Radiohead camp, the box set was indeed not the band’s idea. They did not confirm any in-fighting, though. EMI agreed that the box was a label initiative, and said that the band’s management was offered the opportunity to participate in the project, but declined. As for the release date, EMI maintained that no maliciousness was intended. Rather, it’s simply box set season–who doesn’t want to find a nicely packaged multi-CD bundle under the tree on Christmas morning?

As for that other Radiohead release we’re all looking forward to, it’s maybe possibly coming out January 1, maybe possibly on ATO/Side One in the U.S., the band is maybe possibly doing a webcast about it on Friday and maybe possibly touring behind it next year.


EMI: Take mp3s off

We received an email from Leslie, the webmaster of, who was recently contacted by IFPI and was ordered to take down all of the mp3 files that were hosted on the site. IFPI says that this was a request by EMI and not Radiohead. It is doubtful that Radiohead even know what’s going on.

It’s one thing to host recorded studio mp3s on your site, but Leslie only had live Radiohead mp3s. Members of Radiohead have spoken out in the past about downloading mp3s, and it would appear that they have no problem with live mp3 file-sharing. Since EMI are copyright owners of the songs, they have the final say, unfortunately.

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News for January 24, 2000

EMI and Warner to Merge.

Radiohead’s record label, EMI, and the Time Warner Group will announce today that they will merge their companies to form one of the world’s largest record labels in a deal worth about $20 billion. You may remember that it was only less than two weeks ago when AOL announced that it would buy Time Warner. The combined company will cut the number of major record companies to 4.

Thom commented on the merger while on the official message board: “That fucking sucks and i am deeply worried and angry and helpless. Bastards.”

At this time we do not know if the merger will affect Radiohead in anyway. Stay tuned to Green Plastic for the latest news.

You can read more about the merger at the following sites:
(thanks to Xavier)

Radiohead not to play Glastonbury
The official Glastonbury Festival website is reporting that Radiohead will not be performing at this year’s festival:
“Further information about that ongoing and ever growing Radiohead rumour….. record company insiders have let us know that, due to their album not being finished in time, Radiohead will not be performing this year.”

They go on to say that the information was not from official sources.
(thanks to Whitehead)

Dancing Up the Walls
You might have heard about Denise Clarke, the woman who has put on a “physical lecture” to Radiohead’s OK Computer. The woman is running a show in Calgary, Canada, called Radioheaded, in which she dances to the full album.

(thanks again to Xavier)

Radiohead in Newsweek
Radiohead is mentioned in an article about U2 singer Bono’s help with relieving third-world debt:
“Shriver’s brother-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger made calls to key Republicans, including House Budget Committee chairman John Kasich. ‘John Kasich started raving about Radiohead,’ says Shriver with a laugh, referring to the British alternative-rock band. ‘I said, ‘Did Arnold put you up to this?’ Then I realized Arnold doesn’t know who the hell Radiohead is.”
(thanks to Eric)

More of those poll things…

The band were listed in the Atlanta entertainment paper, Insite. They were included in a list of 20 “talents we can’t wait to watch in the 21st century.” Here is the top 5:
1. Angelina Jolie (actress)
2. Sam Mendes (director, American Beauty)
3. Radiohead (band)
4. Beth Orton (singer)
5. Chuck Palahniuk (writer, Fight Club)
(thanks to Adam)