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Archive special: Radiohead
In the week Radiohead announced the date of their show in Marlay Park, read a wealth of amazing writing about Probably The Best Band In The World.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 23 Mar 2006
"EMI were quite disappointed when they heard our LP, because there wasn't a specific theme they could hang their marketing campaign around. We're not part of any scene or movement and that's made it difficult for them to sell us to the music press": interview, May 1993:
"The more acoustic-based ‘High And Dry’, in particular, should help lay to rest the ghost of Thom Yorke and Co. being labelled one-hit wonders" [Hah! - web ed]: single review, 'Planet Telex' / 'High And Dry', March 1995:
"Radiohead have become one of those few bands who make you feel privileged to know and love them. They are not a band you can either take or leave. This is music which forces the listener to commit him or herself totally and forever": album review, The Bends, April 1995.
"I don't want to set myself up like that again. I've had letters from death row, guys who have killed people, and they're responding to the lyrics on 'Creep'. That scared the fucking hell out of me": interview, July 1995.
"This [is] something completely different from everything that’s come before. When U2 did it, they called themselves Passengers. This is Radiohead, kids, but not as we knew them": album review, Kid A, Sept 2000.
"That song was originally written years ago. We were about to do some big festival in Ireland. I was up all night, having the most terrible dreams, I was so shit-scared. And I had one of those really, really vivid dreams and the Liffey was really, really muddy, like a mud river, and I was drifting down to the sea. And it just sort of stuck": interview, Sept 2000.
"Anyone who heard Thom Yorke as the man from UNKLE or the Airbag/How Am I Driving extended EP will have no trouble connecting ‘Subterranean Homesick Alien’ to something like ‘Pyramid Song’ off this new record, essentially Kid A’s twin, retained in utero for a term while its brother’s bruises healed": album review, Amnesiac, June 2001.