As we’ve all come to learn, crime, in many cases, does actually pay. However, you’ve apparently got to be pretty savvy to outwit those Radiohead boys.
Case in point – a hacker recently tapped into Thom Yorke’s minidisc archive, and gained access to 18 hours of OK Computer outtakes/miscellania. The thief reportedly demanded a ransom of $150,000 – on threat of making the purposely unreleased material public – a demand which the band, quite reasonably, decided not to cave in to.
Rather, Radiohead have put the 18 “clips/files” up on Bandcamp, with the purposely cheeky price of just £18 for purchase. And in keeping with their ideological propensities, they are donating all the proceeds to Extinction Rebellion, an organization devoted to forceful but nonviolent resistance to all policies opposing positive action on climate change and biodiversity loss.
“Instead of complaining or ignoring it,” explains guitarist Jonny Greenwood, “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.”
He also tries to downplay the musical significance of the material – though any serious Radiohead fan would surely shell out ten times that amount for access…for, if nothing else, the sake of completism.
“Never intended for public consumption,” he insists, “it’s only tangentially interesting. And very, very long. Not a phone download. Rainy out, isn’t it though?”
One imagines few will find disappointment with their purchase.