Godspeed You Black Emperor

News for August 21, 2000

by Jonathan on August 21, 2000

Godspeed to open for Radiohead?

Check out the rumors page!

More Blips at Capitol

That’s right. You can now see some more media blips at hollywoodandvine.com/radiohead/rh_news.shtml. There’s also some more goodies there!

Everyone has the exclusive

Here’s some of the review of Kid A from various news sources:

NME
Dotmusic
Music365
Telegraph

Radiohead’s Meeting People is Easy on the Sundance Channel

From Sundance:

While most rock documentaries simply record concerts and the daily grind of the road, in Meeting People Is Easy, filmmaker Grant Gee’s lenses focus on an important, though less-well-chronicled, aspect of the big-time music business: the PR tour. With Super 8 and hand-held video cameras Gee followed the British band Radiohead on its 1997-98 world tour for an unsettling glimpse of countless photo sessions, vapid interviews and tedious press junkets. The San Francisco Examiner praised the film as “Kubrickian in its atmospheric melancholy, foreboding disorientation and technical mischief.” (1999) TVPG (AC, AL) (1:34) Stereo Airing: Sep 6 2:35pm; 12 11:05am, 9:00pm; 18 9:00pm; 24 9:05am; 28 5:35pm, 3:00am

 

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News for May 16, 1999

by Jonathan on May 16, 1999

The band are still in the process of recording their fourth album in a stately home in Gloucestershire and there have been rumors circulating around the internet about the possibility of a collaboration of some sort on the new album. Dotmusic is reporting that R.E.M.’s frontman Michael Stipe may be “collaborating on tracks for the forthcoming Radiohead album.” A press representative for Radiohead pointed out to dotmusic that, “since they have had their own studio, they collaborate with whoever they want and they’re great friends with Michael Stipe so it wouldn’t surprise me.” Stipe told an interviewer last February that a collaboration might happen. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“Yeah, I mean Thom is an amazing singer,” added Stipe. “We know a lot of amazing singers and musicians and any good opportunity to work with them would be welcome. I’m not saying it will happen, I’m saying, speaking for three of us, we would love to work with Thom or any of the guys from Radiohead.”

To read the dotmusic article, click here.

gybe.jpgThat’s not the only collaboration rumor floating around. There seems to be a bizarre connection between the recording of the band’s new song “How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found” and the Montreal band Godspeed You Black Emperor, a unknown independent 10 piece band which has been described as “a 3 way cross of Radiohead, Ennio Morricone, and a drug-induced spiritual wonder.” They apparently make extremely long and other-wordly transcendental soundscapes that are so bizarre that major labels won’t touch them. Members of Godspeed were spotted last December at the Amnesty International gig in Paris when Radiohead were on stage. They have also been spotted recently in Gloucestershire where Radiohead have been recording. You might say, “so what?” Well, they also attended Radiohead’s gig in New York where “How to Disappear…” was played, and Thom said “this is for Nigel (Radiohead’s producer) to hear,” and winked as he said it.

Thom has spoken once about Godspeed…in an interview after the Amnesty gig he said, “they are the most emotionally pummeling outsiders of the music industry today.” A representative from their small record label, Constellation Records, told Green Plastic, “we can assure you that there is no truth to those rumours.” Nevertheless, this is an interesting story. “How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found” has reportedly lengthened to over 10 minutes and is sure to be a masterpiece with or without any collaboration.

For those of you in the U.S., make sure to watch 120 Minutes tonight (Sunday) on MTV for the special on Radiohead. The whole show will be devoted to the band and they will be showing the condensed version of “Meeting People is Easy” along with other goods. The show will air at midnight/ 11pm Central.

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