not much to report. with the recent awards and nominations the band has received, radiohead’s success in the billboard 200 charts began to improve in the last week. the week before the grammy nominations, radiohead was #102. the week afterwards, #76.
radiohead has been nominated for three awards at this year’s Brit Awards. they are nominated for best album, best group, and best producers. but don’t expect them to be there.
there will be a radiohead videography on MTV EUROPE tonight at 20:00.
why don’t you swing on over to MTV to read their article on radiohead’s upcoming US tour and video. go on, it’s okay. please go!
the thom/ DJ shadow collaboration on the U.N.K.L.E. project should be released soon. the title is “rabbit in your headlights.”
radiohead has been nominated for awards in the NME brat awards this year for best band, best album, best single (paranoid android), best video (paranoid android), and radio 1 evening session of the year. the winners will be announced on january 27.
RADIOHEAD are releasing a fly-on-the wall documentary later this year charting their ‘OK Computer’ world tour. The documentary is being made by ‘No Surprises’ video-maker Grant Gee and will be premiered on UK television before hitting the stores on longform video.
Radiohead bassist Ed O’Brien explained: “We didn’t want a ‘rockumentary’, a warts’n’all type thing that Spinal Tap sends up completely and is brilliant for. Grant’s been shooting us since we started promotion on the album in Barcelona. He’s got some really good stuff.”
Gee continued: “The real challenge is to try and make a rockumentary about a rock band that doesn’t feel like it’s a ‘rockumentary’. Radiohead deserve more than that. I wanted to make a documentary that fits the imagery of ‘OK Computer’.”
Meanwhile, the band have announced that they will not be playing any festival gigs in the UK this year. O’Brien told London alternative radio station XFM during an interview on January 6 that the band still had to play Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the US, but then they would spend the rest of the year recording. A new Radiohead album is promised for 1999.
radiohead has been nominated for two grammies this year.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
radiohead OK COMPUTER
bob dylan TIME OUT OF MIND
paul mccarteney FLAMING PIES
babyface THE DAY
paula cole THIS FIRE
BEST ALTERNATIVE ACT
radiohead OK COMPUTER
david bowie EARTHLING
chemical brothers DIG YOUR OWN HOLE
the prodigy FAT OF THE LAND
the 12″ no surprises single will not be available until january 19. the b-side will be palo alto.
the band will most likely not make any UK appearances this year. after the upcoming US tour, the band will concentrate on the next album.
speaking of US tours, there is a rumor that radiohead will be playing washington d.c.’s 9:30 Club on march 17. this is only a rumor. check back for more details.
according to MTV, massive attack has been given the green light to begin work on the OK COMPUTER remix album. it will probably be out this spring after massive’s new album is released in february.
hi, how are you?
well, it’s the end of the year and all the awards are being passed out. Q magazine’s readers chose OK COMPUTER as the best album of all time. they also chose THE BENDS as the sixth best. Select magazine gave OKC 2nd best album of the year as Rolling Stone’s critic’s poll named radiohead band of the year. as stated earlier, Spin magazine also named radiohead band of the year. the british magazine, Mojo, named OKC album of the year also and also asked thom and colin what their favorite albums of 1997 were:
Thom: “Five of my favorite records from this year: Laika, ‘sounds of the satellites’. They toured with us and deserve more recognition; ‘Portishead’ by Portishead. This is their second album. It is better than the first. I love them… Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s ‘Arkology’. This counts doesn’t it? My favourite thing is listening to it while looking at photos of the studio before it burnt down. Guided By Voices, ‘Mag Earwhig’. The only band who have sussed recording and are happy to make things as long as my limited attention span will allow. Reminds me of Pixies’ ‘Surfer Rosa’. Also Dr Octagon, ‘Octagynecologist’. Blue flowers is my favourite song of this year. Not sure about the sex stuff, but the rhymes shit all over the lyrics I’ve written.”
Colin: “Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, ‘Arkology’. ‘Portishead’ by Portishead is the best record this autumn… Belle & Sebastian’s song ‘A Century Of Fakers’. Teenage Fanclub, “songs from northern britain’. Supergrass, ‘in it for the money’. And Manuel Ponce, ‘Preludes’. Ah. Guitar!”
there will be a home video released soon which was filmed while the band was on tour earlier in the year. it will probably be released only in canada.
radiohead will not be at next year’s V98 festival in chelmsford/leeds. don’t look for them at glastonbury either.
singer stina nordernstam has been asked to help the band in their next video which still has yet to be named but will most likely be lucky. you might recall her from the romeo and juliet soundtrack which radiohead also was on.
the no surprises single will be released in australia on january 19 with the following b-sides: palo alto, how i made my millions, and airbag (live from berlin).
select magazine has named thom the 2nd most important person in the world. noel oasis is 1. jonny was number 10, narrowly losing to bill clinton.
the ITV Chart Show is running a series of clips from my iron lung/ fake plastic trees/ creep and the first ever showing of the no surprises video on saturday december 20 at around 11:30am.
speaking of no surprises, it has been brought to my attention that it will not be chart eligible since it is being released on 4 formats. come again?
another piece of entertainment from the january issue of Select:
“Bought One Of Your Own Records?”
“No, we weren’t allowed to. We all walked into a record shop in Nottingham the day the first single, ‘Drill’ EP came out. We walked in, like ‘Mmmm, I’ll buy one of those.’ The guy behind the counter said, ‘Don’t worry man, we’ll give you one.’ We said, ‘No! We really want to buy one.’ He said, ‘Look- your record company’s just given us 20 free ones, and we can’t shift them, not even for 99p, so you might as well have a free one.’ We were very depressed.”
the no surprises/running from demons japanese tour ep has been released. it includes a nice remix of the song pearly*.