i feel terrible. yesterday i bought the radiohead greatest hits cd after stumbling over an advert for it. i usually trust things blindly when it comes to radiohead, i just buy any new record i spot. it did strike me as odd somehow, when i saw this greatest hits release, because i seemed to remember, that the band is not too fond of the concept. they look at each album as a unit, the songs not making sense when ripped out of context of the album. but then i looked at the tracklist and decided, spur of the moment, to buy it, all their best songs assembled on one disc, great for the car, i thought.
at home i started to listen to it and googled the tracklist online, wanting to check what albums some tracks are on. but what did i see? EMI has released this greatest hits album without the band’s consent.
The news follows the release of EMI Radiohead box set last December to coincide with the release of ‘In Rainbows’.
Ed O’Brien told Canadian music-TV presenter Strombo: “They’re planning to do a greatest hits for April, May to coincide with our tour. That’s an interesting one. We won’t be doing any promotion for that, obviously.”
However, while the band are obviously not too happy with the release they are resigned to the fact that they can’t do anything about it.
Phil Selway added: “It’s well within their rights to do it. So we’ll have to see.”
darn. i feel like an idiot for buying the record now.
on a different note. here’s a excellent radiohead mashup some guy did: “I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.” the result is stunning: