Radiohead thwart criminal and release 18 hours of ‘OK Computer’ material: “For £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom”
We recently brought you the news that 18 hours of leaked material from Radiohead’s OK Computer sessions were available online. The band now have shed a little more light on the situation which involves a $150,000 ransom attached.
Radiohead today have released the material officially via bandcmap with the opportunity to own the materiaal properly for a mere £18, the proceeds of which will go to the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion.
Jonny Greenwood said of the incident: “We got hacked last week – someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it. So instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days. So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.”
Greenwood added: “Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it’s only tangentially interesting. And very, very long. Not a phone download. Rainy out, isn’t it though?”
Spread across 18 mini discs, the cache includes countless previously unreleased demos, outtakes, live recordings, and unfinished versions of tracks from the band’s OK Computer era.
The leaked material features early iterations of ‘Lift’, ‘I Promise’, ‘Airbag’, ‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Let Down’, ‘Palo Alto’, and ‘The Tourist’. Demos and live radio session renditions of ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’ are also included, as are soundcheck versions of ‘No Surprises’. There’s even early sketches for a James Bond soundtrack… but we’ll leave that one for another day. Reddit users (heroes) have meticulously indexed all of them in a single Google Doc.
You can stream the leaked material below, and/or purchase the full list through Bandcamp for a very good cause.