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News for June 10, 1998

It’s been forever since I last updated, so let me attempt to catch up…

As many of you know, Radiohead has pretty much ended their campaign for OK COMPUTER. No more singles, no more videos. The only scheduled appearance they have is the Tibetan Freedom Concert this weekend (June 13 & 14) in Washington DC. The show is sold out, but there will be a live webcast. For more info on that, check out

the line-up for the show is listed below:
Saturday, June 13, 1998
Opening: Monks & Nuns
Money Mark
Wei Jingsheng (speaker)
Patti Smith
Palden Gyatso (speaker)
Dave Matthews
Herbie Hancock and Guru
with the Headhunters
Tracy Chapman
Sonic Youth
Drepung Loseling Monks
Closing: Monks & Nuns
Sunday, June 14, 1998
Opening: Monks & Nuns
Buffalo Daughter
Sean Lennon
Xiao Qiang (speaker)
Luscious Jackson
Nawang Khechog
Blues Traveler
Palden Gyatso (speaker)
Wyclef Jean
The Wallflowers
A Tribe Called Quest
Drepung Loseling Monks
The Verve
Beastie Boys
Pearl Jam
Closing: Monks & Nuns

As previously reported on, the documentary was filmed over the past year, with ‘No Surprises’ video director Grant Gee tracking Radiohead as they toured the world in support of ‘OK Computer’. No release date for the movie has been set yet.

Speaking to NME last week, Ed O’Brien said the film was now being edited and that a “low-key” premiere was being planned. He said: “It’s coming on really well. We went down last week and saw some of the rushes. Grant’s got about eight hours’ worth of stuff and it’s got to be condensed, obviously. It’s very honest, but it’s not a rockumentary, that’s the last thing we wanted it to be because that would be so Spinal Tap.”

Ed said the main thrust of the film was to convey the strange life of a rock group on the road, so they gave the director free rein. “I mean, you make a record within the confines of the five of you, and whoever else, then after that, you go out and tour this record and that’s when it gets bizarre, then it’s the rock’n’roll circus thing. It’s not normality and it’s not real. It’s his slant on that and I think it’s going to be quite interesting.”

Ed scotched widespread stories there would be a new Radiohead album before the end of this year, although he admitted that they have been recording in the back of the tourbus while they toured the last album.

He said: “We demoed stuff and things like that. But basically, I think an album has to be recorded over a certain period of time. So we’ll start work on it properly in November.” OK COMPUTER has gone platinum in the US.

The 7 Television Commercials will be released the United States on June 30.

Radiohead picked up two awards at the Ivor Novello Awards last month:

OK Computer Radiohead Thom Yorke tour

News for April 29, 1998

Last Sunday’s 120 Minutes interview with Thom went extremely well. Thom looked tired and almost bored but smiled a lot. He looked relieved that they were now done with touring for a while. He mentioned that he took a vacation a while back to Venice but was followed everywhere which annoyed him. Matt Pinfield brought up the Avengers Soundtrack in which Radiohead were to include a track called Big Boots. Thom stated that they scratched the idea after not feeling comfortable with the recording session. “No we ditched it…because we were so messed up and we went in, tried to do the track, but we just couldn’t do it. It was actually a really difficult period of time. We had a five week break and all the shit was coming to the surface. It was all a bit weird..I mean we went in and tried to do this old track that we had… and it just wasn’t happening at all. It was a real low point after it.”

Hopefully we’ll get to hear that song soon. He also mentioned about the possible collaboration with Massive Attack later this year and the single that he and DJ Shadow did for the upcoming James Lavelle U.N.K.L.E. project due later this summer.

The upcoming film, Velvet Goldmine, in which Michael Stipe produced, will be released sometime this fall. The soundtrack includes 33 tracks, best of which a super-band by the name of The Venus in Furs have contributed. The lineup for this band includes Thom and Jonny from Radiohead, Bernard Butler, Andy Mackay from Roxy Music, and Grant Lee Buffalo’s Paul Kimble. The songs they put together are covers which include: 2HB, Ladytron, Baby’s on Fire, Gimme Danger, Tumbling Down, and Bittersweet.

This is from Spin Magazine Online:

Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead, Sonic Youth Do ’70s N.Y.
Details about the Michael Stipe-produced soundtrack to Todd Haynes’ upcoming glam rock biopic Velvet Goldmine are surfacing. Though the flick isn’t likely to be competing with the aliens and giant Japanese monsters for box office this summer, glam fans can look forward to a slew of classics from the era (from Roxy Music, T. Rex, Brian Eno, and Lou Reed), inspired covers, plus some new songs by the likes of Grant Lee Buffalo and Shudder to Think. Among the highlights: Teenage Fanclub and Elastica’s Donna Matthews (who has a role in the flick) cover The New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis” and two supergroups doing two Stooges faves: The Venus in Furs (featuring Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead) take on “Gimme Danger” while The Wylde Rattz (featuring Mike Watt and members of Sonic Youth) revive “T.V. Eye.”

Okay. Sources close to Green Plastic Radiohead have said that the upcoming episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast featuring Thom as guest won’t be aired until this August. thanks to kathy hay

The show airs Saturday nights at midnight on the Cartoon Network.
Spin Online also has this to say:

Thom Yorke vs. Space Ghost
Sources at Capitol Records, have confirmed that Radiohead singer Thom Yorke will indeed appear as a guest on the popular Cartoon Network talkshow, Space Ghost, though the air date is still “months away.” Yorke recently shot his segment and now the animation wizards are building an episode around him. We wonder if he’ll use his appearance as a forum for further dissing Microsoft boss Bill Gates (whom Yorke has called “the most paranoid man on the planet”).

Radiohead banned in China!
Yes it’s true along with all the other acts performing at this year’s Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington DC June 13 and 14.

from the ABC Radio Networks Rockwire:
The Chinese government issued a statement yesterday attacking the bands that intend to perform at this summer’s Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington D.C. A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London stated that “Western artists have no right to intervene in the internal affairs of our country. Any of those performers who do will not be permitted entry to China, including Tibet, and their works will never be welcome in our country.”
The tickets for this concert go onsale May 2 at 9am EST. For more info and the complete lineup of bands go to

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News for 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

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.

OK Computer Radiohead tour

News for March 21, 1998

From Spin Online:

“Radiohead Sells Out

Radiohead will again play the Tibetan Freedom Concert this June, joining a superstar line-up that already includes Beck and R.E.M. and will, most likely, feature The Beastie Boys and U2. The band, currently gearing up for a sold-out American tour, played on last year’s bill at New York’s Randall’s Island. In other Radiohead news, a fan website is reporting a rumor that the band are being sued by an obscure dance act called Army of Lovers for allegedly stealing the melody from their song “Crucified” for the OK Computer track “Exit” A spokesperson for the band had no knowledge of the suit and as far as we know, it hasn’t been filed.”

and from Rolling Stone Online:

“Avenging Angels

Blur, Sinead O’Connor and Sugar Ray star on The Avengers soundtrack
Extraordinary crimes against the people and the State have to be avenged by The Avengers soundtrack, starring Blur, Radiohead, the Verve Pipe, Sinead O’Connor and Sugar Ray. And, just for good measure, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, Stereo MCs, and possibly Beck and Prodigy, will do some avenging of their own.

The powerhouse lineup of modern rockers will join together for the sole purpose of raking in cash and adding contemporary flair to the film adaptation of the ’60s tongue-in-check spy adventure TV series, which stars Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. The soundtrack will hit stores in early July, prior to the film’s release.

Earlier this month, Radiohead entered a London studio to record a song, tentatively-titled “Big Boots,” for the soundtrack. According to the band’s co-manager Bryce Edge, Radiohead reserves the right to not give the song to Atlantic Records if it ‘turns out to be a turkey.’ ”

The Airbag/ How am I Driving? EP wil be released on April 7 in the US. The tracklisting is:
1. Airbag (album version)
2. Pearly*
3. Meeting in the Aisle
4. A Reminder
5. Polyethylene (pts 1 & 2)
6. Melatonin
7. Palo Alto