Radiohead is a British rock band from Oxford. Their current moniker, 'Radiohead', was taken from the song 'Radio Head' by Talking Heads, whose album Remain in Light (1980) is a band favorite and major influence on their Kid A (2000). The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboards), Ed O'Brien (guitars, vocals), Jonny Greenwood (guitars, keyboards, Ondes Martenot, and other electronics), his brother Colin Greenwood (bass guitar), and Phil Selway (drums and percussion). Yorke and J. Greenwood are chiefly responsible for songwriting, most often with Yorke originating songs and Greenwood building on them. The band's early influences include artists such as Elvis Costello, the Pixies, Pink Floyd, R.E.M. , U2, Talking Heads, The Beatles, The Smiths, and Mancunian post-punk acts The Fall, Joy Division, and Magazine. Later influences include German art-rock band Can, electronic artists such as Autechre, and jazz artists such as Charles Mingus and Miles Davis.
Producer Nigel Godrich has worked with the band since the recording of The Bends, where he assisted producer John Leckie, and has contributed significantly to their sound, often being dubbed the 'sixth member' of the band. Another major contributor is Stanley Donwood, who has produced the artwork for the band's albums since their My Iron Lung EP in collaboration with 'Dr. Tchock'—a pseudonym for Yorke. Donwood and Yorke met at the University of Exeter, and also produce the official band website, Radiohead.com (http://www.radiohead.com/).
While not normally considered Britpop, Radiohead's strong influence on Britpop bands such as Coldplay, Stereophonics, Muse and Travis, is undeniable. The Bends, released in 1995, has been particularly influential to the genre. With his usual wry wit, Thom commented on this: in 2001, when asked by The New Yorker, 'how do you guys feel about the fact that bands like Travis, Coldplay, and Muse are making a career sounding exactly like your records did in 1997?' he replied, 'good luck with Kid A.
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