OK Computer Turns 20: A Celebration of Radiohead [UK]
It was just over a month ago that UK musical stalwarts Radiohead’s seminal album OK Computer turned 20. In celebration the band just released the remastered and expanded version of the album entitled OK Computer OKNOTOK.
In today’s Amazon roundup we celebrate the artists known as Radiohead. Their career and sound have taken dramatic shifts over the years, but they have remained one of the most important British bands of the past few decades.
Coming just two years after the Britpop glory of The Bends, OK Computer was a huge departure from their previous guitar-based sound. Incorporating abstract lyrics and densely layered electronics it paved the way for the more experimental albums that laid ahead. The OKNOTOK edition supersedes all previous reissues of the album, issued this time by XL Recordings — the band’s current label. The 3x 180 gram vinyl edition features the original remastered LP, 3 unreleased tracks, and 8 B-sides.
A Moon Shaped Pool was one of the musical surprises of 2016. Announced just one week before its release, it marked Radiohead’s first studio album since 2011’s The King of Limbs. The video for first single Burn The Witch was directed by Chris Hopewell and featured stop-motion animation in the style of children’s TV show Trumpton. The album is available in CD, Vinyl, MP3, and Streaming formats.
Radiohead Box Set [35% Off]
Featuring all six studio albums from Pablo Honey to Hail to the Thief, and the live album I Might Be Wrong. Each album is even housed in its own original digipak sleeve. Although there was some controversy over its release, it’s still one of the best physical collections going covering Radiohead’s years with Parlophone.
The Eraser – Thom Yorke (Audio CD) [56% Off]
Following the tour supporting Hail to the Thief, Radiohead took a hiatus. Thom Yorke used the downtime to create an album that steered even further into electronica. By using samples from Radiohead’s various recordings, he created an album that contained some of his most overtly political lyrics to date.
Radiohead’s back catalogue contains a wealth of songs both guitar-orientated and more electronic-based. This collection transcribes 28 songs including the likes of Karma Police, Paranoid Android, and Street Spirit (Fade Out). Perfect for aspiring and practised pianists alike.
OK Computer was a landmark album and not only for its music. Not long after its release the internet started to become mainstream technology. With the advent of the iTunes store, full albums made to be listened to start to finish were looking resigned to history. Tim Footman’s book examines OK Computer as a musical work and its larger impact on the music industry.
Martin Clarke’s book takes a more holistic look at the band and its history. Covering their early days in Oxford through to later the making and release of OK Computer. Originally published in 1999, this 4th edition adds the period up until the release of 2007’s In Rainbows.
The artwork to 2003’s Hail to the Thief was created by longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood. The artwork is a road map of Hollywood with words and phrases taken from LA’s roadside advertising in place of buildings.