Radiohead Drops 18 Hours Of Music After Being Blackmailed With Its Release

Radiohead release hacked OK Computer-era music following ransom demand                  By Scott Wilson Jun 11 2019

Radiohead has officially released 18 hours of demos and outtakes recorded between 1995 and 1998 during the band's OK Computer sessions, after the tapes were reportedly stolen and leaked online. The hacker then demanded $150,000 not to release the material.

Instead of allowing the hacker to release the material, Radiohead released the recordings itself on the music platform Bandcamp, allowing listeners to buy the songs for £18 ($23), with all proceeds going to the global grassroots organization Extinction Rebellion. "Instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it", Greenwood continued, the band members chose to upload the tracks to Bandcamp, where they will be accessible for the next 18 days. Radiohead wrote on Bandcamp, "it's not [very] interesting there's a lot of it.as it's out there it may as well be out there until we all get bored and move on". Just for the next 18 days. Some of the tracks from these recordings did make it onto the cassette which came with the OK Computer reissue, the rest were "never intended for public consumption". The album is "very, very long".

You can listen to the sessions below and download them for £18 at Bandcamp.

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A few selections from the set, which consists primarily of alternate versions of songs from the album, as well as tunes that were not issued until years later, were released on the 20th anniversary reissue of the album, "OKNOTOK". "Not a phone download", he warned fans, adding: "Rainy out, isn't it though?"

For £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.

From left, Clive Deamer, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2017.

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