Radiohead got hacked - then called the hackers’ bluff amazingly


OK Computer is Radiohead's third studio album released on June 16, 1997, and it went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart and to the 21 spot on the Billboard 200 despite the band's label considering it both hard to market and uncommercial. According to guitarist Jonny Greenwood, the English rock band chose to release the outtakes as a way to thwart ransom-demanding hackers. We haven't yet been able to listen to all 18 hours just yet, but it looks as if MINIDISCS [HACKED] will offer a fascinating insight into how Radiohead crafted one of the greatest albums of all time.

"So instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it, we're releasing all 18 hours", the band wrote. If this sounds exactly like the sort of thing that tickles your fancy and you would absolutely love to give money to an organisation fighting climate change, you can find the Bandcamp right here.

Greenwood said it was never intended for release and was "only tangentially interesting".

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In response, Radiohead have went and ahead re-leaked the entire 18 hours via Bandcamp. According to a note that guitarist Jonny Greenwood posted on the band's Instagram this morning, they'll only be downloadable for the next 18 days, and will cost you £18 (or about $23 U.S.).

"MINIDISCS [HACKED]", as the digital album is called, costs 18 pounds and will benefit Extinction Rebellion, an environmental activist group. Not a phone download. The details warranting the "HACKED" descriptor are fuzzy at best - Greenwood himself used the word "reportedly" while describing the hackers's monetary demands, and it is unclear whether physical discs were stolen, or if Yorke's computer got hacked. Until we all get bored and move on'.