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Radiohead: “Karma Police” and “Creep”

A well done site dedicated to the alternative band, Radiohead at Ease, has the bio:

It was somewhere in 1982 when Thom Yorke, at the age of 14, asked Colin Greenwood to join him for a new band with Ed O’Brien. Thom and Colin were in a school punkband called TNT. Another friend from the Abingdom public school became the drummer of the band, Phil Selway. Jonny Greenwood – Colin’s brother – wanted in too.

The band made it’s debut at the Jericho’s Tavern in their hometown, Oxford a few years later, in 1987. They named themselves On A Friday. Their first demo was made in 1991. A classmate of Thom and Colin, John Butcher brought the tape to Courtyard Studios. The studio was run by two former musicians Bryce Edge and Chris Hufford. Chris Hufford: “The demo had some good tunes but ut was all obviously ripped off mercilessly.” He might have ignored it were it not for the 15th track. “It was a weird looped-up dance thing which was very different. I asked if they had anything else. After about six months John Butcher brought in a another tape with Stop Whispering and What’s that you say on it. These were great songs. Now they had an identity.” (Note: This profile has been taken down since this post was written. Here is another.)

Karma Police is above and Creep is below.

Here are Radioheads website, its AllMusic profile and one fan’s vision of the the band’s top ten songs.

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