Interesting Facts About Radiohead

Radiohead is a band from the UK that has done Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Experimental Rock and Electronica over the years. They are currently my favourite band so

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1 They were originally called On A Friday

This was because back when they were still in High School when forming this band, Friday was when they would practice. - DarkBoi-X

Who else misread the title? - darthvadern

2 They changed their name to Radiohead because of a Talking Heads song called Radiohead

Unexpected! - CedreticFomento

3 After OK Computer, Ed O Brien wanted the band to continue the more Art Rock/artsy Alternative Rock on Ok Computer but Thom chose to do Electronic music for Kid A

Yeah, Thom was the one who decided to switch to Electronic on Kid A and Amnesiac after becoming "disillusioned with the mythology of Rock music" and having taken influences from IDM, Krautrock, Jazz, Classical and even Abstract Hip Hop.
But Radiohead didn't completely abandon Rock music on Kid A. On the songs "Optimistic" and "In Limbo", you can hear that they are very much guitar driven Rock songs. - DarkBoi-X

4 A lot of the songs from their 5th album Amnesiac were recorded in the same sessions as Kid A

Now just like the previous album Kid A, Amnesiac also is very Electronic sounding with influences from Krautrock, Classical, Jazz, Abstract Hip Hop and certain genres of Electronic such as Ambient and IDM.
Around the time of 2000 and 2001, Radiohead actually considered releasing a double album. - DarkBoi-X

5 Their 7th album In Rainbows was a pay to release album

So basically you could pay as much money as you wanted to buy this album. - DarkBoi-X

6 Jonny Greenwood is red-green colorblind

Yeah, it turns out their lead guitarist and keyboardist is colorblind when it comes to the colors red and green. - DarkBoi-X

He's also composed for many Paul Thomas Anderson movies - djpenquin999

7 Thom Yorke is an activist

Their vocalist Thom Yorke, is also an activist on behalf of human rights, animal rights, environmental and anti war causes. - DarkBoi-X

8 Kid A is credited for pioneering the use of the internet to promote an album or song
9 Among their first influences included artists like Pink Floyd, Queen, Joy Division, The Smiths, etc

But they have also taken influences from other artists.
They have taken influences from DJ Shadow and began to adopt Hip Hop recording methods/
They have also taken influences from 60's Rock and Pop acts too such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys
For Kid A and Amnesiac, they took influences from many Electronic music artists on the Warp record label such as Aphex Twin, who Thom as named as his biggest influences and they also took influence from the Jazz of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Alice Coltrane and even 20th Century Classical such as
Krzysztof Penderecki and Oliver Messiaen.
For In Rainbows, they had taken influences from Rock, Hip Hop, Experimental and Electronic of all types ranging from Bjork to M.I.A to Modeselektor. - DarkBoi-X

10 Nigel Godrich (Who has produced and worked with the band) and Thom Yorke are both part of a supergroup called Atoms for Peace
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