Radiohead Erased Itself From the Internet

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Deleting every bit of your online presence is a brilliant way to get the media talking about you. Everyone is wondering whether this is a strange form of protest or just some album promotion gimmick. I guess it worked either way because here we are talking about it.

Radiohead’s internet presence has essentially disappeared and the band have sent out cryptic leaflets in the mail, fueling speculation over when – and how – the band will release its ninth album. A visit to Radiohead.com on Sunday offered viewers only a blank page, while the band’s six-year-old Twitter feed was also empty, featuring only a message saying: “@Radiohead hasn’t tweeted yet.” On Facebook, nearly 12 million users “like” a page with nothing on it.
 

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I listen to plenty of music but I don't recall ever going to a band's webpage or looking at their twitter/facebook. The very few times I was curious about an upcoming album or similar, Wikipedia had all the info I needed and without the BS.
 
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All the albums are still on youtube. That's good cause i was just in the mood for some 'In Rainbows'.
 

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I was thinking the same as mastaBlasta, I can see a few of their albums on G music that I don't own but there might be some missing.
 

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Publicity stunt. It caught my attention because I thought they somehow actually did manage to miraculously lower their web footprint.

Which of course they didn't, because that would be impossible, I'm not sure why this is making the rounds.
 

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Still on Spotify as well. Erasing their Twitter feed and web site =/= the whole internet.
 

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Hmm is that why the internet felt infinitesimally less stupid recently?
 

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I don't remember the last time I looked anywhere for info on a band besides YouTube and Wikipedia. So unless they completely removed themselves from those 2 places for starters, as well as any digital purchase outlets, I doubt I'd even notice.

For most bands (not Radiohead, the ones I might actually listen to) having insufficient web presence is like signing their own death warrant. When I want to hear new music I look up the New-Releases list for that month, then I go straight to YouTube to hear what they sound like. If I love what I hear and can't stop listening, maybe then I'll go to amazon or wherever and think about buying it. If they don't have some decent stuff on YT, I don't bother looking any farther - I go to the next band on the new-releases list.

There are thousands and thousands of bands out there making music now, many of them making really great music. I don't get hung up on the ones that can't be bothered to let me hear their work.
 

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And you couldn't work in a creep reference anywhere? Slacking!

I just recently discovered that Garth Brooks is not on the Internet. Couldn't even find a certain music video illegally uploaded on YouTube. He's for reals about tangible goods. Tool is also one of the last hold outs.
 

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And you couldn't work in a creep reference anywhere? Slacking!

I just recently discovered that Garth Brooks is not on the Internet. Couldn't even find a certain music video illegally uploaded on YouTube. He's for reals about tangible goods. Tool is also one of the last hold outs.
What is the song you're least likely to hear at a Radiohead concert
 

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I have wondered when people would say enough is enough. Digital tech and the internet used to be cool, but look what it has all become now. A backlash is long overdue.
 

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It was all a publicity stunt. I kinda like their new song ... The video is mildly disturbing.
 

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These guys:



That's probably their most famous work, and its 23 years old. Everything else is hit or miss.


Thanks, now I remember who they are. Emo grunge for those that find Smashing Pumpkins too upbeat and not repetitive enough.
 
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Thanks, now I remember who they are. Emo grunge for those that find Smashing Pumpkins too upbeat and not repetitive enough.

"Creep" is the least representative of their style. It is what most of the world knows them for, but most of their fans don't care for it. I agree they're emo, but not grunge. And they are leagues above Smashing Pumpkins.

It's music so of course totally subjective.

One of my favorite tracks:
 

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These guys:



That's probably their most famous work, and its 23 years old. Everything else is hit or miss.

It's also one of their most maligned songs and the bends is one of their lowest charting albums. I've seen them 3 or 4 times since 1997 and they've never played Creep.
 

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Thanks, now I remember who they are. Emo grunge for those that find Smashing Pumpkins too upbeat and not repetitive enough.
That song is an aberration. They've got more in common with jazz than Smashing Pumpkins
 

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It's also one of their most maligned songs and the bends is one of their lowest charting albums. I've seen them 3 or 4 times since 1997 and they've never played Creep.
1. Creep (the song I posted) is track #2 on their first album Pablo Honey, not their second album The Bends
2. The Bends (2nd released album) is their 2nd highest selling album behind OK Computer (3rd released album)
3. Creep (the song I posted) is one of their most popular songs they ever produced. As a single it never took off until 1993 when the album Pablo Honey was released. The band themselves maligned it and cut it from their set list during concerts in the late 90's. I'm assuming they did this because they felt their other work wasn't getting the attention it deserved and didn't want to be one hit wonders. They have only played the song a couple times since.
4. The band seemingly has mixed opinions on their own song. They at one time nicknamed the song "Crap" but later praised Prince's cover of it at Coachella. They asked him to re-post it after Prince removed the song.

That song is an aberration. They've got more in common with jazz than Smashing Pumpkins
That is true. It may be another reason they cut it from their set list. It doesn't change the fact that it is still one of their top songs they ever made and is one of the first songs that non-hardcore fans associate with the band. ;)
 
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"Creep" is the least representative of their style. It is what most of the world knows them for, but most of their fans don't care for it. I agree they're emo, but not grunge. And they are leagues above Smashing Pumpkins.

It's music so of course totally subjective.

It was a smartass reply but I think it accurately describes that song which is probably the only one I'm familiar with. The second video you posted definitely has a different vibe to it, I'm not sure I like it any more than the other but like you said it's subjective.
 

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1. Creep (the song I posted) is track #2 on their first album Pablo Honey, not their second album The Bends
2. The Bends (2nd released album) is their 2nd highest selling album behind OK Computer (3rd released album)
3. Creep (the song I posted) is one of their most popular songs they ever produced. As a single it never took off until 1993 when the album Pablo Honey was released. The band themselves maligned it and cut it from their set list during concerts in the late 90's. I'm assuming they did this because they felt their other work wasn't getting the attention it deserved and didn't want to be one hit wonders. They have only played the song a couple times since.
4. The band seemingly has mixed opinions on their own song. They at one time nicknamed the song "Crap" but later praised Prince's cover of it at Coachella. They asked him to re-post it after Prince removed the song.

That is true. It may be another reason they cut it from their set list. It doesn't change the fact that it is still one of their top songs they ever made and is one of the first songs that non-hardcore fans associate with the band. ;)
Typo on the Bends. I meant pablo honey...just got ahead of myself.

It is their most popular song from a top 100 singles POV, but I'm not sure that's true once you get to other charts, and they're definitely not a pop band. All I know is the vast majority of Radiohead fans I know don't really think much of the band prior to OK Computer. I think The Bends is brilliant and even Pablo Honey has it's moments, but a classic it's not.

FWIW, I looked it up and they played Creep several times towards the end of the In Rainbows tour. I think it was mostly big festivals. Not sure when they played prior to that. I know in 98 the crowd was yelling creep and they instead played Nude (may have been the first time they played it).
 

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"Creep" is the least representative of their style. It is what most of the world knows them for, but most of their fans don't care for it. I agree they're emo, but not grunge. And they are leagues above Smashing Pumpkins.

It's music so of course totally subjective.

One of my favorite tracks:


Hold on a sec there....You can do one on one song comparisons all day, and that's fine. But to compare anything against Siamese Dreams as "leagues above"......."extraoridnary claims require extraordinary proof" as someone famous once said. I would even have a hard time putting Automatic For The People above Siamese Dreams and I greatly enjoy that album and the rediculous free spirit college life it (Automatic) represents that I never got to enjoy.


EDIT: I will give you this. Rolling Stones, for whatever that merits, rates Siamese Dreams at #23 and The Bends at #21 for Top 100 of 90's.

Radiohead, 'The Bends' - 100 Best Albums of the Nineties
 
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Their next release is vinyl only. j/k or am I?

actually it will be available exclusively on 8 track tapes and Reel-to-Reel only. And with Quadraphonic stereo sound to boot....

hahaha...made ya look :D
 

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so 'erasing their presence' so far was going dark on their webpage and clearing facebook and twitter.
 
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Hold on a sec there....You can do one on one song comparisons all day, and that's fine. But to compare anything against Siamese Dreams as "leagues above"......."extraoridnary claims require extraordinary proof" as someone famous once said. I would even have a hard time putting Automatic For The People above Siamese Dreams and I greatly enjoy that album and the rediculous free spirit college life it (Automatic) represents that I never got to enjoy.


EDIT: I will give you this. Rolling Stones, for whatever that merits, rates Siamese Dreams at #23 and The Bends at #21 for Top 100 of 90's.

Radiohead, 'The Bends' - 100 Best Albums of the Nineties

It's not you it's me. As much as I was into punk and grunge in the 90s i just never really felt anything for smashing pumpkins. Just one of those things. I was kind of lukewarm on Sublime also....:whistle:

You quoting Rolling Stones here as if their opinion had meaning whatsoever on the music i should listen to. You might as well be like Blac Chyna likes it more so it's legit!
 

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Fun fact about Creep: The loud guitar "chunk chunk" before the chorus was the result of the guitarist being really bored with that song, he apparently hated that song...

Also, I totally understand why people find the guy's voice too whiney, I've that problem with Smashing Pumpkin and even Led Zepplin... yet, strangely not Rush, so ffs it's subjective...
 

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one of my favorite less-known "B-sides" RadioHead songs:

 

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It's not you it's me. As much as I was into punk and grunge in the 90s i just never really felt anything for smashing pumpkins. Just one of those things. I was kind of lukewarm on Sublime also....:whistle:

You quoting Rolling Stones here as if their opinion had meaning whatsoever on the music i should listen to. You might as well be like Blac Chyna likes it more so it's legit!

I like a couple Smashing Pumpkins songs, but not many. Don't really like the band. Can't stand Radiohead, never could. Loved the 80's/90's punk and grunge music, too. Just a few of those "OMG, so artistic and original" bands didn't really do it for me.

I don't care if Radiohead removed itself from it's social media and website. I have never even seeked them out, so I didn't miss anything. Publicity stunt, for sure.
 

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Hold on a sec there....You can do one on one song comparisons all day, and that's fine. But to compare anything against Siamese Dreams as "leagues above"......."extraoridnary claims require extraordinary proof" as someone famous once said. I would even have a hard time putting Automatic For The People above Siamese Dreams and I greatly enjoy that album and the rediculous free spirit college life it (Automatic) represents that I never got to enjoy.


EDIT: I will give you this. Rolling Stones, for whatever that merits, rates Siamese Dreams at #23 and The Bends at #21 for Top 100 of 90's.

Radiohead, 'The Bends' - 100 Best Albums of the Nineties

And OK Computer is #3. I'm not sure there's a more important rock band from the 90s, with the possible exception of Nirvana, but Radiohead has pushed rock a lot more than Nirvana ever would have (though Kurt and subsequently Dave in FF are far more pop oriented than Radiohead has been since OK Computer and arguably since The Bends).
 

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It's not you it's me. As much as I was into punk and grunge in the 90s i just never really felt anything for smashing pumpkins. Just one of those things. I was kind of lukewarm on Sublime also....:whistle:

You quoting Rolling Stones here as if their opinion had meaning whatsoever on the music i should listen to. You might as well be like Blac Chyna likes it more so it's legit!
RS aside, OK Computer, The Bends and Kid A are universally acclaimed and if In Rainbows isn't said in the same breath, it barely missed.
 
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