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Urbane, witty, well-dressed, and well-travelled? We weren't. That is, not until we kissed the ring and joined the world of corporate politics. W.A.S.T.E. 4 examines how enrolling at the Thom Yorke Academy for the Deforming Arts has increased our sense of personal kudos since February.
But first, thanks to everyone who has been to see us, bought our records, and writen to us over the past few months. We try to reply to as many letters as possible, and we're really sorry if yours isn't one of them.
Walking for miles in the cold without food. Being constantly shouted at. Sounds like a squaddy's lot. Actually, it's what happens to you if you help out in a Radiohead video. We're really grateful to all the extras who appeared in our video for Pop Is Dead.
Finally, if you run a fanzine and would like to find out about us, your safest bet is to contact our press agent, Caffy St Luce, at Hall or Nothing (081 740 6288). There is now a Radiohead fanzine called "Pop is Dead". If you want a copy please write to Val Savage, 26 Arundel Court, Beadham Drive, Manchester M93QS. There may be a modest charge to cover overheads.
Oh no! It's the tour bores!
Familiarity breeds contempt - fact! Just witness our friends' reaction to our well-worn travelling tales. In fact, just witness these selfsame tales yourselves and prepare to snore.
Recognition on the beach, floating in the Dead Sea, fresh fruit and bagels - we suffer for our art. Following the success of Creep in Israel, we spent a week in Tel Aviv during March, with a back-breaking schedule of sun, sea and three gigs. However, despite appearances on
natiorial TV and radio, attendances were down for the first two gigs. We enquired whether any other major talent was poaching our audience. "East 17", came the reply. Enough said. Nonetheless, Saturday night witnessed a packed house and a response which made Beatlemania look like a mild sedative.
[white gracelands cream lether limo]
[rock and roll is bullshit]
UK: Pop is Dead Tour
Tepid reviews and some less than effective publicity marred the earlier stages of this tour in May. Tee-shirt bootleggers were seen touting their own grandmothers for sale after reviewing their returns from the first few gigs. However, the quality of our merchandise, music, and support acts - Strangelove and Superstar- proved too much of an attraction and the ULU gig saw a capacity crowd. The grandmothers flew out.
We also appeared in Ireland for the first time in Dublin and Belfast, as well as playing a festival in front of 60,000 people in Harlem, Holland.
Hey! I care.
We took time out during a recent week of faking and shaking Stateside style, to offer soundly crap advice to emotionally distressed Californians. We appeared on KROQ's 'Loveline', addressing callers' problems with the sensitivity of a condom from the old Eastern Bloc. The station's ratings fell in direct proportion to the rise in attempted suicides. However, angst shifts units, and so Creep is now enjoying a considerable amount of success in the States.
Our promotional tour took us from New York, to LA, and then onto San Francisco, introducing us to the horrors of MTV interviews and the pleasures of riding in stretch limos along the way.
Cut home laundry bills in one easy move: don't go home! Radiohead rarely do, and they're reaping the benefits of their newly-
found personal hygiene problems. You may have caught a whiff of them when they played in Europe, during June, in the following countries: Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and France.
At the end of June and during July they play America; Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, , Detroit, Toronto, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver , San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Boulder, Dallas, and Atlanta.
Why not develop a personal hygiene problem of your own and come and see them play at Reading (August 28).
Countries we won't be
Bob Dylan - Blood on the tracks
|Thom||:||Blur - Modern life is rubbish
Scott Walker - Boy Child
|Phil||:||XTC - English Settlement
Nick Drake- Five Leaves Left
|Jonny||:||Some pseudy classical record
Some very obscure second-hand Coltrane album (on vinyl!)
|Colin||:||The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers'
Gram Parsons & The Grevious
Angels with Emmylou Harris - Live
Journo Hit List
100% Recycled Ideas
To add to our ever-increasing line of eminently collectable waxings, we went into Chipping Norton Studios in March, to record our last single 'Pop is Dead' - It was co-produced by us and our live sound engineer, Jim Warren. We are currently working with him on a remix of Stop Whispering for release in the States in October. Plans are also underway for the recording of the second album, with the possibility that Chris Thomas (The Sex Pistols, The Pretenders, etc) will produce it. Watch this space for more details.
Girls on film
We've practised our very own form of butch method acting in three minor epics:
Creep - shot in front of a home crowd at
the Venue in Oxford. We haven't been asked back since!
Anyone can play Guitar - Given
the choice between a sunny break in Israel and a freezing day in a disused swimming
pool in Hornsey, which would you choose? Well, we didn't! Sub-zerotemperatures
account for the frosty expressions on our album photos.
Pop is Dead - Obsessed with exotic locations
and tropical climates we shot this video around White Horse Hill and Jarn Mound
Maybe we'll call the next single 'A week of over-indulgence inthe Caribbean.' Crap title admittedly, but we think there's a video in it!