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(Presentation of the article in the NME Originals issue about Radiohead from 2003)



ORIGIN OF NAME
We’re named after a song by Talking Heads. We changed from On A Friday, because everybody hated it - especially us .

FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE
Hollybush Inn, Oxford, 22/7/91. One smoke machine, two strobes and five friends.

FIRST COMMERCIAL BROADCAST

“Prove Yourself”, Gary Vadies’ Happening Track Of The Week. Radio One. May ´92

BORN

THOM: Wellingborough, 7/10/68
EDWARD: Oxford. 15/4/68
JONATHAN: Oxford, 5/11/71
COLIN: Oxford, 26/6/69
PHILIP: Hemmingford Grey, 23/5/67

EDUCATED

THOM: Standlake Church Of England, Abingdon School (Oxfordshire), Exeter University College of Art & Design.
EDWARD: Abingdon School, Manchester University
JONATHAN: Abingdon School.
COLIN: Abingdon School. Peterhouse (Cambridge).
PHILIP: Abingdon School. Liverpool Polytechnic.

MUSICAL CAREER

THOM: Excursions into Flickernoise.
EDWARD: I’m not interested in other bands
JONATHAN: Thames Vale Youth Orchestra
COLIN: King of Thailand, Momma Hung Me In A Closet, But I’m Still Feeling Funky.
PHILIP: I could only ever fool one ban d

OTHER OCCUPATIONS

THOM: Paid to be nice, and lie to make others wealthy.
EDWARD: Barman, photographer's assistant
COLIN: Our Price sales assistant.
PHILIP: Desk-editor. English language teacher.

FAVOURITE RECORDS

THOM: Tim Buckley’s ‘Happy Sad‘. Elvis Costello And The Attractions: ‘Blood And Chocolate‘. Can: ‘Togo Mago‘. REM: ‘Life's Rich Pageant‘. Syd Barrett: ‘The Madcap Laughs‘. Japan: ‘Quiet Life'
EDWARD: Bob Dylan: ‘Blood On The Tracks‘, REM: ‘Murmur’. Glenn Campbell. ‘Gentle On My Mind’.
JONATHAN: Art Blakey ‘Moanin". Magazine: ‘The Correct Use OI Soap’. Messiaen: 'TurangaIia Symphony” . Can ‘Tago Mags‘. Talking Heads: ‘The Name Of The Band Is…‘
COLIN: Joy Division: ‘Unknown Pleasures‘, Nick Drake: ‘Bryter Later‘. Miles Davis: ‘Kind Of Blue/ln A Silent Way‘, Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris: ‘Live 1973‘. Sly & The Family Stone 'Greatest Hits‘. Parliament: “Rhenium”.
PHILIP: Barrett Strong, ‘Money”, Joy Division ‘Atmosphere”, The Ruts: ‘In A Rut‘. Nick Drake’ ‘Five Leaves Left‘. The Beat: ‘Wha’ppen‘, Richard Thompson: ‘Vincent Black Lightning‘. ‘Blue Bossa’ (Latin compilation)

FAVOURITE BANDS

THOM: The Faith Healers, Underground Lovers. Swell. David Gray, Stereolab.
EDWARD: Strangelove. Kitchens Of Distinction. Sonic Youth.
JONATHAN: Moonshake. Strangelove. Sonic Youth, Human Torches (Oxford band). Boo Radleys, The Fall.
COLIN: American Music Club. kd ang, David Gray, Strangeiove.
PHILIP: CNN, A House. The Cranberries, Moonshake. Strangelove.

FAVOURITE FILMS/TV/BOOKS

THOM: Arthur. Married With Children, anything involving Joe Pesci or Dudley Moore, The Medusa Frequency. Night On Earth, Waiting For Godot
EDWARD: Delicatessen, Timebends. Paris. Texas.
JONATHAN: Prick Up Your Ears, Going For Gold. Generation X. The Imperfect Art.
COLIN: Wings Of Desire, Bullet Park, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities.
PHILIP: Shenandoah. This Morning. Ask The Family, Becoming A Man,Waterland

LIKES

THOM: Love, hope. Passion. articulation.
EDWARD: Playing live.
JONATHAN: Buying records. walking. touring. Lee Morgan.
COLIN: Strawberry.
PHILIP Being noticed, occasionally.

DISLIKES

THOM: You tell me.
EDWARD: Sycophants.
JONATHAN: Buying compact discs, driving, recording. Derek Nimrno.
COLIN: Being asked. “If you were a milkshake, what flavour would you be?“ in questionnaires. (see Likes!)
PHILIP: Sitting at the back of the stage, in relative obscurity

BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON CAREER

THOM: Lack of sleep.
EDWARD: Glenn Campbell.
JONATHAN: Frank Black. Jimmy Smith. Lee Morgan.
COLIN: Madonna. The Pointer Sisters. Sister Sledge and Donna Summer's ‘Love To Love You Baby‘ (15-minute version).
PHILIP: Luck, mostly.

RESIDENCE

THOM: None of your business. Oxford.
EDWARD: Oxford.
JONATHAN: Oxford
COLIN: Read Curfew! (Oxford‘s music newspaper).
PHILIP: Abingdon, Oxford.

MAKE OF INSTRUMENTS

THOM: Gibson, Thorn EMI Fender
EDWARD: Rickenbacker 360, Fender.
JONATHAN: Fender guitar. Hammond organ, Tophan viola
COLIN: Fender Precision, Musicman Stingray.
PHILIP: Between kits at the moment. But I use Paiste cymbals.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR EPITAPH TO BE?

JONATHAN: Just name and dates would be fine
COLIN: Doubtless, a miserable Joy Division quote.
PHILIP: “He outlived his posthumous sales potential".

DISCOGRAPHY/SINGLES

‘Drill’ (Parlophone), May 1992
‘Creep’ (Parlophone). September 1992
‘Anyone Can Play Guitar‘ (Parlophone) February 1993
‘Pop is Dead’ (Parlophone) May 1993

ALBUMS

‘Pablo Honey’ (Parlophone) February 1993