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Radiohead: vive la megadrive!



RADIOHEAD are to play ten dates in the UK in September. They follow the release of the band's new album, 'OK Computer', due out at the end of June.
Shows kick off at Doncaster Dome on September 2 continuing at Bridlington Spa (4), Dundee Caird Hall (5), Blackpool Empress Ballroom (7), Stoke Trenton Gardens (8), Gloucester Leisure Centre (9), Plymouth Pavilion (11), Reading Rivermead (12), London Brixton Academy (13) and Brighton Centre (14). Radiohead also play Dublin RDS on June 21 with Massive Attack. Tickets for the gigs go on sale from usual agents this Saturday, May 3.
They've also announced the B-sides for their forthcoming single, 'Paranoid Android', which is released on May 26. The various formats are backed by 'Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)', 'Melatonin', 'A Reminder' and 'Pearly'.
Radiohead bassist, Colin Greenwood spoke to NME about the single and album last week. Commenting on whether 'Paranoid Android' which is six-and-a-half-minutes long, would receive airway, he said: "We're not cutting it at all, they either a) play it, or b) they play bits of it, or c) they don't play it at all. And I suspect 'C' is going to happen. We'll just have to wait and see. People played 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and then punk happened."
Greenwood also dispelled his previous comments in NME that the album had a 'stoned' feel about it. "This is a quote that's come back to haunt me, just because I had too many Heinekens in Belfast about three months ago. We didn't record this record on anything stronger than Grolsch beer and cups of tea. We didn't play when we were stoned and we certainly didn't do anything else!"
He revealed that the band have at last come to a mutually agreeable working relationship: "I think it's always going to the quite fraught for us because of the way we work as a group, and how Thom works. I wanted this album to be fun, and some of it was fun. It was more fun than the last one ('The Bends') on which we had eight weeks of hell and torture. A lot of the stuff on this album was born out of a collective refusal of the band to ever go through this again.
"It was interesting listening to the album after it was finished. Every track sounds like a psycho-drama, you feel like you've been through the anger after every song. It's like a roller-coaster. You feel when you listen to the album you should have a safety belt.
"We actually scrapped a few things because they were to overblown. A few songs have a lot of things piled on them which I kind of regret now, songs like 'Climbing Up The Walls', but people like that. A lot of the music is all live, it's just all of us playing. There's more space and less compression than on 'The Bends'."
Finally, Greenwood also revealed that Radiohead have been approached by Massive Attack with a view to working together.
"They sent us a tape of some tracks from the new upcoming Massive record, and asked us if we wanted to contribute any music to it. They sent us sketches of songs in a similar way they did with Tracey Thorn and Nicolette. Time's the problem."