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Radiohead has been hacked. And its response to the incident may be very … effectively … Radiohead.
The perpetrator managed to steal 18 hours’ price of unreleased materials recorded through the band’s 1997 OK Pc classes, and was reportedly asking for $150,000 to return the haul.
However on studying concerning the incident, and the following ransom demand, the 5 band members determined to scupper the hacker’s probability of a payday by making the recordings obtainable for obtain on music web site Bandcamp. For the subsequent 18 days, anybody will pay 18 British kilos (about $23) for the trove, with all proceeds going to climate-action group Extinction Revolt.
Radiohead lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood took to Twitter on Tuesday to substantiate the hack and reveal the band’s response.
“We bought hacked final week – somebody stole Thom’s minidisc archive from across the time of OK Pc, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on menace of releasing it,” Greenwood wrote.
“So as an alternative of complaining — a lot — or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in help of Extinction Revolt. Only for the subsequent 18 days. So for £18 you’ll find out if we should always have paid that ransom.”
He continued: “By no means supposed for public consumption (although some clips did attain the cassette within the OK Pc reissue) it’s solely tangentially fascinating. And really, very lengthy. Not a telephone obtain. Wet out, isn’t it although?”
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke described the 22-year-old materials as “not v fascinating,” including, “There’s plenty of it … because it’s on the market it might as effectively be on the market till all of us get bored and transfer on.”
Extinction Revolt, an environmental group established within the U.Ok. in 2018, responded to the band with a message on its web site thanking it for its help.
Particulars of how the hack occurred haven’t been revealed, and it’s not recognized if the authorities are working to trace down the particular person or individuals accountable.
Regardless of Yorke’s try and play down the importance of the launched materials, diehard Radiohead followers will possible be speeding to obtain the never-released materials.
OK Pc was the band’s third studio album, with its enormous success taking Radiohead to new heights. The Bandcamp tracks embrace demo variations of Exit Music (For A Movie) with completely different lyrics to the initially launched observe, and an 11-minute model of Paranoid Android — practically 5 minutes longer than the unique. There are additionally discover variations of the later-released I Promise, True Love Waits, and Elevate, amongst an entire load of different content material.
However take notice, a few of recordings include not tracks however merely materials similar to drum solos, devices checks, and ambient sounds recorded exterior of the studio. For an in depth breakdown of the content material, try this fan web site.