Radiohead has released 18 hours of demo recording, studio sessions, and unreleased songs after a hacker demanded $150,000 as ransom to not leak the stolen recordings. In response, the band released the compilation of the recordings on Bandcamp for £18 (or around $25) as a fundraiser for the global climate activist group, Extinction Rebellion, who have taken up residency in London.
Quoting from band member Jonny Greenwood:
“We got hacked last week - someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it. So instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days. So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.
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?”
“The climate and ecological emergency demands courage, truth-telling and generosity like never before,” Extinction Rebellion said in a statement, “We are so grateful to Radiohead for showing us how that’s done, both now and in the lead-up to the April rebellion. Words are inadequate but actions do change the world.”
To download the recordings, visit Radiohead’s Bandcamp page.