Radiohead release leaked OK Computer demos after being held to ransom

Carla Harmon
June 11, 2019

OK Computer is Radiohead's third studio album released on June 16, 1997, and it went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart and to the 21 spot on the Billboard 200 despite the band's label considering it both hard to market and uncommercial.

Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it's only tangentially interesting. For the next 18 days, purchases of Radiohead's MINIDISCS [HACKED] on Bandcamp-for a minimum donation of £18 (or $22.81)-will go toward worldwide conservation movement Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days.


Greenwood also tweeted links to Radiohead's Bandcamp page and the protest group's website.

It's only available for 18 days, and proceeds go to Extinction Rebellion. If this sounds exactly like the sort of thing that tickles your fancy and you would absolutely love to give money to an organisation fighting climate change, you can find the Bandcamp right here.


Greenwood's note confirms that the files were initially hacked from a minidisc archive belonging to Thom Yorke, and makes reference to a rumor that the hacker demanded a $150,000 ransom from the band to refrain from releasing the material. My archived mini discs from 1995-1998 (?).

There certainly is a lot of it, with the download comprising 18 unnamed tracks all about an hour long each. "As it's out there, it may as well be out there until we all get bored and move on".


Other famous supporters of Extinction Rebellion include Dame Emma Thompson, former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, authors Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood and political writer Noam Chomsky.

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