Sometime last week, 18 hours of material from Radiohead‘s original OK Computer sessions made their way online in a pretty high-profile case of piracy — and the band has since fought back in a fiercely Radiohead-esque fashion.
On Tuesday, the band put all 18 hours of the stolen files up on Bandcamp, where fans can stream it all for free or pay £18 for all of the files. That’s a lot of demo/studio material from one of the most important albums of the 1990s and a landmark in Radiohead’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career, so this is pretty big.
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) June 11, 2019
Said guitarist Jonny Greenwood of the whole saga:
We got hacked last week – someone stole Thom’s minidisc 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. Just for the next 18 days. So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.
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. Not a phone download. Rainy out, isn’t it though?”
That’s one way to stick it to music pirates …