Radiohead has taken evasive action following reports that they were hacked and that 18 hours of previously unheard material from the making of OK Computer‚ was leaked and held to ransom. How? by releasing the music themselves, but only for a limited time.
It appeared last week that a bulk of unreleased music from the sessions for their 1997 album was shared online.
On Reddit, fans explained that they had come into contact with a bootlegger who for whatever reason had acquired 18 Minidiscs billed as ‚The Entire OK Computer Sessions‚ this was said to include nearly 18 hours of demos, alternate takes, and early live recordings. Reddit also exclaimed that frontman Thom Yorke recorded and archived the sessions himself.
As for the bootlegs themselves, it was claimed that the person in possession of the tapes was asking for ‚upwards of $150,000 for the entire set or $800 per studio track and $50 per live track.
Radiohead has acted and broken their silence. They have self-released all of the material via Bandcamp or the benefit of environmental group Extinction Rebellion.
Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said. “We got hacked last week,” adding: “Someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it
He added: “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?”