Radiohead confirmed that they were recently hacked, so to resolve the threat, they have released 18 hours of material from the OK Computer era on Bandcamp.
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood wrote in a note on the band’s Instagram, “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… So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.”
The release is a total of 18 minidiscs that feature a significant amount of unreleased material, recorded by both the full band and frontman Thom Yorke. The minidiscs range from about 15 minutes to a little over an hour long, and are not broken into individual tracks, although fans compiled a comprehensive track list after the initial leak. All 18 minidiscs are available to purchase for £18, or about $23, for the next 18 days. All proceeds will benefit the climate change advocacy group Extinction Rebellion.
Greenwood also notes that the material was “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”.
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