Radiohead is an alternative art rock band that originated in Oxfordshire, England. Influenced by bands like R.E.M., U2, and Pink Floyd, Radiohead creates music with substance. What started out as five guys from Europe has become a group that changed the musical landscape. After nearly twenty years together, Radiohead has been able to build up a huge following of fans who scoop up Radiohead tickets whenever they get the chance.
It all started at the Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, England. It was there that singer/guitarist Thom Yorke met future band mates bassist Colin Greenwood, guitarist Ed O'Brien, and drummer Phil Selway. The foursome created the band On a Friday, which also included Colin's brother Jonny on guitar. They grew close as they practiced every Friday (hence the band name On a Friday) but were forced to part ways after each went to different colleges.
After college, the group reformed in 1991 and took on the name Radiohead. Radiohead debuted in 1993 with the album Pablo Honey. The album included the single "Creep," which was only a moderate hit in the UK but exploded to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Rock chart. "Creep" has proven to be Radiohead's biggest hit thus far, but the song was just the beginning for the band. Even though critics dismissed Radiohead as "too depressing," the band continued to grow and develop their sound.
Radiohead's second album, The Bends (1995), did not see the commercial success of its predecessor, but it did make critics think twice about the band. By the time their third album, OK Computer, was released, anticipation for Radiohead's music had grown immensely. OK Computer was released to the public on June 16, 1997, and became the first Radiohead album to reach the Top 25 in the US. Even though singles like "Karma Police" and "Let Down" never gained heavy mainstream radio airplay, Radiohead's fan base grew exponentially.
Tickets for Radiohead tours became a hot commodity as the band's next few albums all appeared in the Top 3 in the UK and the U.S. Kid A (2000) peaked at #1 on both charts, Amnesiac (2001) peaked at #1 in the UK and #2 in the U.S., and Hail to the Thief (2003) reached #1 in the UK and #3 in the U.S. Radiohead's latest album, In Rainbows (2007), came out as a partial digital release, and fans were able to choose their own price for the internet download.