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Band's stage Name:
Thom Yorke (vocals),
(guitar, keyboards, xylophone),
Ed O'Brien (guitar),
Colin Greenwood (bass),
Phil Selway (drums)
The five members of Radiohead first met at a private boys school in Abingdon, a small town on the outskirts of Oxford, England, where Thom Yorke (vocals), Jonny
Greenwood (guitar, keyboards, xylophone) Ed
O'Brien (guitar), Colin Greenwood (bass) and Phil
Selway (drums) first began playing together in
1987 and then joined an existing school punk band, TNT.
The quintet didn't explore music as a full-time
option, however, until its members dropped out of
their respective institutions of higher education
in the early '90s. Opting out of the typical
barrage of London gigs, the group played the
majority of their shows at home and still managed
to create an impressive industry buzz that sent
label reps scrambling to Oxford in droves. They
eventually signed with Capitol for the release of
their first album, 1993's Pablo Honey.
Radiohead were the first to market with the
whole self-loathing thing; their single "Creep"
(off Pablo Honey) predated Beck's "Loser"
by a year and shot to the top of the singles
charts in both Britain and the United States.
After the song faded from the charts and the
airwaves, however, many mistakenly passed the band
off as another one-hit wonder.
In 1995, with the release of The Bends,
Radiohead earned their long-due respect. Critics
raved about the album and the band landed a spot
on R.E.M.'s European tour.
Radiohead's third album, OK Computer,
released in June 1997, earned even greater
critical and commercial success, immediately
reaching number 1 on the British album charts,
topping countless "Best Of '97" lists and winning
the "Best Alternative Music Performance" category
at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.
Fans had to wait three years for the much
anticipated follow -- up. Kid A,
Radiohead's fourth album, finally surfaced in 2000
and was followed in summer 2001 by the band's
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