Radiohead were hacked, release OK Computer MiniDisc sessions to aid Extinction Rebellion

Radiohead were hacked, release OK Computer MiniDisc sessions to aid Extinction Rebellion
Let down, drinking Shamp

You might’ve caught wind of last week’s gigantic leak of rough demos, unreleased music, and more from Radiohead’s OK Computer sessions. Maybe you even listened to some of it, in which case you unfortunately subjected yourself to a bunch of alternate versions of “I Promise” and “Paranoid Android.” Well, turns out the leak is due to some fucker someone stealing Thom’s MiniDiscs from the sessions and then reportedly demanding a cute ransom of $150,000.

In response, Radiohead have went and ahead re-leaked the entire 18 hours via Bandcamp. You can purchase the set for £18, which will be donated to Extinction Rebellion, “an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.” It’s available for the next 18 days.

From Jonny Greenwood:

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.

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?

Kid A sessions next?

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