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  • Black Sheep Hit: They have a knack for this.
    • "Creep," their first hit, isn't one in the context of their debut album, but it's become more of a starting point for their work than anything else — they evolved past it fairly quickly. Their highest-charting song since then, "Bodysnatchers," is considerably more raucous and punk-influenced than the rest of In Rainbows.
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    • "Lotus Flower" (which, thanks to its memetically famous video, became quite big online) sounds almost nothing like the band's prior work.
  • Content Leak:
    • Kid A was leaked 3 weeks before its original release and available through Napster. This however did not stop the album from reaching number 1 in the United States, UK and some other countries despite the lack of general promotion for the album.
    • It happened again with Hail to the Thief where demo versions of the tracks got leaked 10 weeks before the finished version was commercially available. The band was upset, not because the album was being pirated, but because it had leaked before they had set the final mix.
    • These two examples are child's play, however, compared to what happened to OK Computer. The most common story is that an intern at XL Recordings got a hold of mini-discs that Thom kept demos, live performances, and alternate takes of songs and copied them to a USB in front of Colin Greenwood, who didn't care. After going through the hands of a few people, the latest person to get it decided to upload excerpts from these mini-discs, demanding $150,000 for the audio. Since nobody paid it, the leaker uploaded them online the next day. The result? On June 5, 2019, 17 hours worth of unreleased OK Computer content was released. The band responded a few days later by giving the material a limited digital release under the title MINIDISCS (HACKED), with proceeds going to climate activist group Extinction Rebellion.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Radiohead grew to hate their first hit song, "Creep," because people would show up to their concerts exclusively to hear it, acted indignant until they played it, and left immediately afterwards. They continued to play it reluctantly, usually stating how they have no respect for the people that wanted to hear it right before. They eventually cut the song from their setlist for a long period of time, and wrote "My Iron Lung" as a reaction ("This / This is our new song / Just like the last one / A total waste of time / My iron lung.") They even asked every single band who were playing on the Pyramid Stage (which they headlined) at Glastonbury 2003 if they'd be so kind to perform it so they didn't have to (the duty was taken up by Moby instead). Since 2009, however, the band has a much kinder stance towards "Creep" and now play it in concert often; It seems that they've warmed up to it now that they've long since escaped its shadow. They've played "Creep" several times in 2009, 10 times in 2016 and 5 times in 2017 (including their Coachella and Glastonbury sets), each time receiving a warm reception from the audience.
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    • The band as a whole aren't that fond of the early non-album single "Pop is Dead".
    • Thom Yorke dislikes another early hit, "High and Dry," saying "It's not bad... it's very bad." Radiohead hasn't played it since 1998, and unlike "Creep" won't be returning to their set list any time soon.
    • Thom has admitted that in retrospect he would've preferred to leave "Electioneering" off of OK Computer. Like "High and Dry", the song has also been out of their set lists since 1998.
    • Producer Nigel Godrich isn't very fond of the band's (almost) Bond song, "Spectre", for screwing with their momentum while making A Moon Shaped Pool.
  • Creator Breakdown: Thom Yorke's periods of depression largely inspire the bleak tone of much of his work. Most notably, his trouble coping with the attention that the band received after the success of OK Computer (supposedly, at one point, he'd have panic attacks just by trying to play guitar) largely caused the much more challenging music in Kid A and Amnesiac.
  • Dye Hard: Some fans can date Radiohead photoshoots by album era based off the cut and color of Thom's hair.
  • Fan Nickname: Until the name was announced as A Moon Shaped Pool, the band's 2016 album was often referred to as LP9 by fans.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The early leak of Hail to the Thief is unmastered (and therefore not Loudness War'd), and it also has some other differences from the final product such as extra passages that were deleted in the final version etc. You can still find it on the Internet if you know where to look; unfortunately, it's only available in 192kbps mp3.
  • The Merch: There were several shirts made of lyrics from In Rainbows songs: "you used to be alright - what happened?" ("15 Step"), "you'll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking" ("Nude"), "blink your eyes - once for yes, two for no" ("Bodysnatchers"), "I am trapped inside this body and can't get out" ("Bodysnatchers"), "no matter how it ends, no matter how it starts" ("House of Cards"), "this is one for the good days" ("Videotape"), and the regular layout of the album title and band name that was on the album cover proper.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Just about all of the collaborators on TKOL RMX 1234567.
    • Jonny himself is a promoted fanboy for Krzysztof Penderecki, with many of his classical compositions inspired by Penderecki and performing with the elderly composer at Sacrum Profanum 2011 and even collaborating together on an album (48 Responses to Polymorphia being Jonny's own addition.)
  • Reality Subtext: See Creator Breakdown above. In addition:
    • Hail to the Thief was influenced in part by the rise of the far right in European and North American politics, as well as Thom's fatherhood.
    • A Moon Shaped Pool is colored by Thom's divorce from Rachel Owen and the death of Nigel Godrich's father.
  • Refitted for Sequel: There are many songs in the band's catalogue that were written in a certain album's sessions, but for various reasons were shelved—then appeared, reworked, on another album years later.
    • Examples of this are "Motion Picture Soundtrack" (written at the same time as "Creep" in the early 90s and eventually appearing on Kid A in 2000), "Nude" (written during the OK Computer sessions and finally appearing on In Rainbows), and "Morning Mr Magpie" (a Hail to the Thief-era leftover that appears in acoustic form on The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time , retooled later for The King of Limbs).
  • Throw It In!:
    • A missed cue led to the electric guitars in "Fake Plastic Trees" coming in late. It worked, so they left it.
    • The title of "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" stemmed from typos.
    • The three blasts of "dead notes" at the end of the verses in "Creep" were Jonny Greenwood getting frustrated with the slow song and trying to "fuck it up."
  • Two-Hit Wonder: Despite all their influence, popularity, acclaim and a string of hits on the alternative chart, they spent the first 15 years of their career as a technical One-Hit Wonder in the US. "Creep" reached #33 on the Hot 100 in 1993, but not one of their other singles, not even fairly radio-friendly songs like "High and Dry" and "No Surprises", came close to the Top 40. That changed in 2008, when the band had a remix contest for their song "Nude" and released the stems of the track on iTunes. Billboard rolled the sales of those stems into those for the song itself, launching the "Nude" to a #37 peak. They haven't been back to the Top 40 since.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The band veered into the avant-garde electronica of Kid A as a reaction to the overwhelming praise garnered by OK Computer's more accessible, anthemic art-rock. Fans of the latter sometimes find themselves wishing their favorite album *hadn't* been one of the most acclaimed of all time.
    • The B-side "Cuttooth," well-liked among the community, was very nearly included on Amnesiac, but held off at the last minute for reasons unknown.
    • There were plans to release Kid A and Amnesiac as a double album.
    • Because the band often performs songs live before they set them to tape, there are a lot of versions of certain songs floating around. Some notable examples include the various forms of "Nude" played for a decade before it was finally recorded, and the original version of "Videotape" which ended with a rather epic rock-out instead of the album version's drum loops.
    • Imagine what it would've been like if "Spectre" had actually been the theme song for the Bond movie. Maybe it would've won the Oscar that went to Sam Smith's Bond song instead.
    • A music video for "Let Down" was in the works but not publicly released. Thom Yorke felt it was "shite".
    • And finally, one pondered by fans and the band themselves; what if they had released "Lift" early in their career? The band believes it would've been their "second Creep" and blown their popularity up to a level they wouldn't have been able to handle. We'll never know.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Radiohead Wiki.
  • Word of God: Averted by the video for "Just:" The final line that the man lying in the street says is not subtitled, and the cuts between odd camera angles make lip reading impossible. The band have refused to say what the line is. Lip-readers making the attempt have said it seems to be "I like banana yoghurt".
    • Thom himself stepped in with the true lyrics of "Pearly*" ("Darling use me") when he saw that fans were hearing it "Daddy hurts me."


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