Radiohead bypasses hackers to publish its 'OK Computer' demos

Thom Yorke performs

Recently, a man hacked into Radiohead's files and stole about 18 hours of material recorded during the OK Computer sessions. According to guitarist Jonny Greenwood, the English rock band made a decision to release the outtakes as a way to thwart ransom-demanding hackers. All proceeds will benefit the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion.

"So instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it, we're releasing all 18 hours", the band wrote.

The MiniDisc recordings, titled "MD111" through "MD128", were, according to Greenwood, "Never intended for public consumption... only tangentially interesting". We haven't yet been able to listen to all 18 hours just yet, but it looks as if MINIDISCS [HACKED] will offer a fascinating insight into how Radiohead crafted one of the greatest albums of all time.

When you get hacked and held to ransom you can either cough up the cash or call the hackers' bluff, and Radiohead opted to do the latter. The album is "very, very long".


"Sending a massive thank you to Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead", wrote Extinction Rebellion on Twitter, posting a link to its website where supporters can learn about upcoming direct actions taking place all over the world.

We've been hacked my archived mini discs from 1995-1998 (?) it's not v interesting there's a lot of it.

Among much more, the collection includes a version of "Exit Music (For a Film)" with alternate lyrics, a full-band arrangement of "True Love Waits", and an 11-minute rendition of "Paranoid Android" (OK Computer's lead single), per The Guardian. "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".

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