Last week, 18-hours’ worth of stolen, unreleased Radiohead material leaked online, and now the band are sharing it ‘officially’.
The music – from 18 minidiscs, and so dubbed ‘Minidiscs [Hacked]’ – was from their ‘OK Computer’ sessions and is now available on Bandcamp for £18.
“We got hacked last week,” Jonny Greenwood explains, “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?”
All proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion, a socio-political movement which uses nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.