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Top 10 Facts - Radiohead
11.17.2015
Fact #1

Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), lonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals).

Fact #2

Radiohead released their debut single "Creep" in 1992. It became a worldwide hit after the release of the band's debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Their popularity rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995).

Fact #3

Radiohead's third album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to international fame; featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK Computer is often acclaimed as one of the landmark records of the 1990s and one of the best albums of all time.

Fact #4

Radiohead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Their work places highly in both listener polls and critics‘ lists of the best music of the 1990s and 2000s.

Fact #5

In 2005, they were ranked 73rd in Rolling Stone's list of "The Greatest Artists of All Time"; lonny Greenwood (48th ) and O'Brien were both included in Rolling Stone ‘s list of greatest guitarists, and Yorke (66th ) in their list of greatest singers. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted the group the second best artist of the 2000s.

Fact #6

Radiohead have maintained a close relationship with a number of frequent collaborators since early in their career. Record producer Nigel Godrich made his name with Radiohead, working with the band as an audio engineer since The Bends, and as their producer on all six studio albums since OK Computer.

Fact #7

He has been dubbed the "sixth member" of the band in an allusion to George Martin being called the "Fifth Beatle". Graphic artist Stanley Donwood met Thom Yorke when both were art students, and with Yorke has produced all of Radiohead's album covers and visual artwork since 1994. Donwood and Yorke won a Grammy in 2002 for a special edition of Amnesiac packaged as a library book

Fact #8

Did you know Radiohead once covered Oasis 'Wonderwall' during a US radio session? It's not the only wacky cover version they've done - search YouTube for their rendition of Glen Campbell's ‘Rhinestone Cowboy‘. It's actually really good.

Fact #9

Thom Yorke's dad was was an amateur boxer, and encouraged his son to take up the hobby - without much success.

Fact #10

The noise at the beginning of ‘The Bends" title track is that of a group of kids parading outside an American hotel the band were staying in, which Thom ran out and taped.

Fact #11
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