Only Radiohead could inspire a private music conservatory to drop money on commissioning a team of internationally renowned jazz maestros to arrange a large selection of their tunes -- then assemble a large all-star ensemble to record the compositions. The Radiohead Jazz Project's takes on classics
Nobody expected ‘The Bends’ from Radiohead. When the band’s second album was released in 1995, pretty much everyone assumed this would be the last we'd hear from the British quintet that gave us the grunge-era hit ‘Creep’ two years earlier. After all, Radiohead’s debut album, ‘Pablo Honey,’ wasn’t all that good, and their music had all the earmarks of a period band with one big hit.
‘Pablo Honey’ is the Radiohead album fans wish didn’t exist. From the start, the band’s 1993 debut was doomed for dismissal. It was preceded the previous year by the group’s first single, ‘Creep,’ which, at the time, seemed like just another song in a series of mopey alt-rock tunes that surfaced after Nirvana’s 1991 complaint-rock classic ‘Nevermind.’ Sure, it had that great chunky guitar-slashing assault before the chorus, but other than that, ‘Creep’ didn’t sound all that special.
Upscale menswear isn't the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the name Thom Yorke, but the Radiohead frontman has been involved in the fashion world for a while. In 2011, he created a soundtrack for the premiere of fall line from designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, aka Rag & Bone.
In celebration of Dazed & Confused magazine's February cover story on him and his Atoms for Peace project, Thom Yorke has created a 25-minute mixtape produced by Nigel Godrich and featuring unreleased solo material and remixes of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace tunes, plus additional remixes of some of his favorite musicians, like Liars and Anstam. Listen to the mix here or by clicking the big button at the bottom of the page.