Radiohead Releases OK Computer Sessions After Hack, Won't Pay Ransom

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Radiohead release hacked OK Computer-era music following ransom demand

If you ever wanted to get your hands on 18 hours of previously unreleased OK Computer-era Radiohead music taken from Thom Yorke's "minidisk archive" (?), you have some weird hackers to thank. Well, turns out the leak is due to some fucker someone stealing Thom's MiniDiscs from the sessions and then reportedly demanding a cute ransom of $150,000.

Instead of bowing to pressure from the hacker, the stars chose to drop all of the tunes on online music site Bandcamp, under the title Minidiscs (Hacked), and allow fans to purchase the whole package for themselves for $23, with profits benefiting the socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion.

Jonny Greenwood, the band's guitarist, said: "Instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it, we're releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion".

The statement also confirms that the band never had any plans for the public to hear the sessions, though some of the tracks were on the cassette re-release of OK Computer.

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When you get hacked and held to ransom you can either cough up the cash or call the hackers' bluff, and Radiohead opted to do the latter.

Radiohead have released an 18-track collection of demos recorded around the time they were piecing together their 1997 album OK Computer.

A note from Yorke on the Bandcamp page says: 'We've been hacked. The album is "very, very long". The proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion.

A few selections from the set, which consists primarily of alternate versions of songs from the album, as well as tunes that were not issued until years later, were released on the 20th anniversary reissue of the album, "OKNOTOK".

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