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News for May 31, 2000

This is from Planet Telex:

More information on the Spanish press conference:
Ed mentions the influence that the Public Enemy documentary had on the band (see his diary for more), and trouble with the electronic side of things – “one day we decided to leave our instruments and try to get the songs out electronically. It ended up becoming a bit of a competition and it wasn’t clear whether progress was being made or not.”. He confirmed that everything surrounding the track ‘Innocents Civilian’ was just a hoax. It was one of their worst songs that they had discarded ages ago because they didn’t like it, but as a joke to all the papers who were hanging on his every word in his diary, Ed decided to mention in his diary that it was the best thing they’d ever done and that they’d lost the master tapes, and that they hoped they hadn’t been stolen. He also talked about the first webcast where they could get some feedback from the fans, and to also show them that the band weren’t as serious about everything as they seemed. Also speaking about the imminent European tour – it is a way of relieving some of the pressure they are under and to shake off some of the disproportionate, so he feels, expectation and attention that OK Computer left them with. Talking about that pressure, he said that they’ve never stopped being self-critical as a band, and it was hard to keep neutral distance from the whole thing. Overall he said that the record is going “to surprise everyone” as they have taken a lot of time over it, which is a positive thing, as it has given them time to stop, reflect and examine the work very carefully, and work with very diverse styles that are not necessarily what people expect from Radiohead. “Before, the tracks were recorded in a very direct way, with everyone playing simultaneously. Now, everything is a bit more fragmented, using computers, and looking for a sound that’s different from usual of just plain guitars. In our opinion its got something to do with a desire to innovate, to risk something in the new record which is something you don’t see in the current so called ‘alternative’ English music scene. The new records from Oasis and Richard Ashcroft are a let down because they’re repeating the same formulas over and over again and doing what everybody expected of them.”

Thom on the official message board
Thom was on the official Radiohead message board today and made a few comments about the upcoming European tour and supporting acts,

“probably we’ll change as the tour goes on. its possible we might have two supports. it depends on logistics in the tent. im trying to keep an open mind, see who can fit in where. doesnt help much does it? sigur (sigur ros) sent me their album which is really great. theres lots of other possibilities though. are we spreading ourselves a little thin? im surprised about how much im getting to like the broadcast album. its really growing on me. but we want to ask a load of electro people as well. no names really yet.”

Another date in Nijmegen
Another show at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland, might go on sale soon. The show will be the night after the first on, on September 16, 2000. Stay tuned…

Green Plastic’s first giveaway!
Congratulations to the two winners! The whole giveaway was a huge success, with close to 3,000 people registering for it! The random drawing was held today and both the winners were notified by email.

A new giveaway will start shortly, so keep your eyes open!

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News for March 7, 2000

Gather Around Now…

We finally have a confirmed tour date for this year! In a announcement made on their official website yesterday, Radiohead stated that they will take part in this year’s Meltdown Festival, presented by Scott Walker. The band will perform on July 1, 2000, at the Royal Festival Hall in London. There will be more shows around this time in Europe that will be announced in the near future.

Tickets go on sale on March 13, 2000. W.A.S.T.E. will be offering 500 tickets for purchase to W.A.S.T.E. members. More on this later.

You can read the announcement at the official Radiohead site.
(thanks to Xavier)

In Other Exciting News…

It seems that the band have given themselves a deadline to finish the new album. They plan to cease work by the end of March, meaning that there is a possibility of a September release. Of course, this is subject to change.

From the 30 songs that they have been working on, the band has shortlisted the tracklisting to 16, and will most likely cut it down to 12 or 13. The songs that are reported to have made

the cut are:
Egyptian Song
Dollars and Cents
Everyone (The National Anthem)
Follow Me Around
How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
I Will
Keep the Wolf From the Door
Knives Out
Lost At Sea (In Limbo)
Morning Bell
Motion Picture Soundtrack
You and Whose Army
True Love Waits
(thanks to Planet Telex)

Many thanks to Rosemary and the fine folks at the Ultimate Bulletin Board who named Green Plastic as “Site of the Week”.

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News for February 9, 2000

Ed’s online diary has been updated again with all the latest on the recording process. Here’s an excerpt:

“what an amazing day. fantastic string arrangements by jonny and what players. many many thanks are due to john lubbock(who conducted and organised) and the string players from the orchestra of st. john’s, smith square. the whole session was the complete antithesis to the ok computer experience; firstly rather than de-camping to some london studio we used an old abbey near us with the most fantastic acoustics to record in. i think nigel was totally blown away by the whole sound of it. but most importantly john and the players were so enthusiastic about it all…..jonny has certain things that he wants/wanted to try out that aren’t your usual string arrangements. and rather than dismiss his ideas ( which is what happened on the ok computer session) they were open-minded enough to try them.”

Ed also mentions that the master tape of “Innocents Civilian” has come up missing. Nigel had this to say on the official message board:

“Personally I think we have a bit of a tape labelling/catalogueing user interface error, but certain others are somewhat freaking about it. I’m sure it’ll turn up.”

OK, go and read the rest of the diary.

Another new and unreleased song has been found copyrighted. The song “I Will” joins “Follow Me Around”, “Big Ideas (Don’t Get Any), and “Living in a Glass House” as possible finished songs that are copyrighted with Warner/Chappell.

Also, two unknown songs were found copyrighted by Jonny Greenwood: “Jet” and “Tinitus”. (click on each song to view the description from Warner/Chappell)
Again, this is no indication on what songs will be on the new album.
(thanks to Xavier)

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News for December 13, 1997

well, the tour dates for the australian tour have finally been announced. doesn’t mean much to me for i live on the other side of the world. oh well, here they are anyway:

tuesday january 27, 1997- wellington, new zealand
wednesday january 28, 1997- auckland, new zealand
sunday february 1- melbourne, australia
wednesday february 4- sydney, australia
friday february 6- brisbane, australia
sunday february 8- adelaide, australia
tuesday february 10- perth, australia

tickets for these dates will go on sale december 15 through ticketmaster.

jonny greenwood has reportedly been recording some material with tori amos in england recently, probably for her new album coming out this spring. more info on this when it is made available.

the b-sides for the next UK single, No Surprises, are:
CD1 No Surprises, Palo Alto, How I Made My Millions
CD2 No Surprises, Airbag (live from huxley’s, berlin 11/03/97), Lucky (live)
7″ No Surprises, Palo Alto
No Surprises will be released in the UK on january 12, 1998

hey, puff daddy loves radiohead. is that good? will he be in the next video? read the new rolling stone magazine for puffy’s love for complaint rock and a nice feature with thom.

if you live in france, then you can get the new Lucky single with the b-sides Meeting in the Aisle and Climbing Up the Walls (fila brazilla mix)
the video for No Surprises has been shot and will hopefully get aired in the UK during christmas.

if prodigy can show full frontal nudity on MTV USA with their video Smack My Bitch Up, why did MTV blur radiohead’s animated breasts in the video for Paranoid Android? sheeesh

Spin Magazine has named our boys “Band of the Year.” they would of had “Artist of the Year” and a cover picture but Spin decided to choose an artist who only lived in 1997 for 2 months.

hey, this page was featured on MTV UK’s “Up For It” program.

don’t forget to watch radiohead perform this friday on MTV’s Live at the 10 Spot. they’ll get 90 minutes to play so get your vcrs ready, it looks like daddy’s gonna stay in on friday night.