Radiohead Biography


Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band from Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom).

The name Radiohead comes from the song, "Radio Head", from the "True Stories" album.

Formed by school friends in 1986, Radiohead did not release their first single until 1992's "". The cathartic "Creep", from the debut album "Pablo Honey" (1993), became a worldwide hit as grunge music dominated radio airwaves.

Radiohead were initially branded as a one-hit wonder abroad, but caught on at home in the UK with their second album, "The Bends" (1995), earning fans with their dense guitar atmospheres and front man 's expressive singing. The album featured the hits "High & Dry", "" and "Fake Plastic Trees".

The band's third album, "OK Computer" (1997), propelled them to greater attention. Popular both for its expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, the album has been acclaimed by critics as a landmark record of the 1990's, some critics go as far to consider it one of the best of all time. "Kid A" (2000) marked further evolution, containing influences from experimental electronic music.

"Hail To The Thief" (2003) was seen as a conventional return to the guitar and piano-led rock sound. After fulfilling their contract with EMI, Radiohead released "In Rainbows" (2007) famously via a pay-what-you-want model. Their latest album, "A Moon Shaped Pool", was released in May 2016.

Radiohead's original influences were cited as alternative rock and post-punk bands like The Smiths, , , , and (with lead singer of the band, Thom Yorke, refering to himself as an 'R.E.M. groupie').


Members have included 'Colin Greenwood ' , 'Jonny Greenwood' , 'Ed O'Brien ' , 'Phil Selway' , 'Thom Yorke' .

In March 2003, Radiohead's 1997 album "OK Computer" came 17th in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. In 2005, it was voted by viewers of Channel 4 as the greatest album of all time.

In 2005, Q magazine selected OK Computer as tenth in its top 40 of the best progressive rock albums ever. The band have been credited by progressive rock musicians (including 'Steven Wilson ' of 'Porcupine Tree' ) with helping to spur a revival of interest in the genre with their ambitious and experimental work. 'Marillion' are fans of Radiohead and in 1998 they covered Radiohead's song "Fake Plastic Trees" for their live album "Unplugged at the Walls". Original 'Genesis ' singer 'Peter Gabriel' has often spoken of his love for Radiohead and covered their song "Street Spirit" on his album "Scratch My Back".

Were voted the 73rd Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.

Their album "Hail to the Thief" was bootlegged two months prior to its release, which is a record. Despite suggestions to release the album earlier to counteract pirating, it was released at the scheduled time and hit #2 on the charts, suggesting that major bootlegging did not drastically affect the album's success.

Their album "In Rainbows" won the 2008 Ivor Novello Award for album of the year.


"Los Angeles Times" (USA), 6 August 2016, Vol. 135, Iss. 247, pg. E1, E4, by: Chris Barton, "A testimony to Radiohead's reach: The band sounds timeless and refreshingly not beholden to one era"

"The Toronto Star" (Canada), 16 August 2008, by: Ben Rayner, "Radiohead and Free-Falling Ecstasy"

"The New York Times" (USA), 7 May 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,303, pg. E1 & E8, by: Ben Ratliff, "Thom Yorke and Company, Kicking Off a Tour With a Lush Miasma"

"Classic Rock" (UK), December 2007, Iss. 113, pg. 80, by: Johnny Dee, "Pay what you will: Radiohead break new ground by inviting buyers to name a price for their new album - but the music is a welcome respite from past experiments."

"The New York Times" (USA), 15 June 2006, pg. B1, by: Nate Chinen, "Suspended Between Extremes, and Reveling in the Space"

"Mojo" (UK), May 2006, Iss. 150, pg. 67, "'Mojo 100 Modern Classics': 03) Radiohead, 'OK Computer'"

"Mojo" (UK), May 2006, Iss. 150, pg. 66, "'Mojo 100 Modern Classics': 07) Radiohead - 'Kid A'"

"Mojo" (UK), October 2000, Iss. 83, pg. 86-87, by: Jim Irvin, "Boys in the bubble: Sorry, they can't come out to play today."

Magazine Cover Photo

"Mojo" (UK), September 1997, Iss. 46

Other Works

CD: "Pablo Honey" - 1993 - EMI

CD: "The Bends" - 1995 - EMI

CD: "OK Computer" - 1997 - EMI

CD: "Kid A" - 2000 - EMI

CD: "Amnesiac" - 2001 - EMI

CD: "Hail to the Thief" - 2003 - EMI

CD: "In Rainbows" - 2007 - Self Released