Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band from Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom).
The name Radiohead comes from the Talking Heads song, "Radio Head", from the "True Stories" album.
Formed by school friends in 1986, Radiohead did not release their first single until 1992's "Drill EP". The cathartic "Creep", from the debut album "Pablo Honey" (1993), became a worldwide hit as grunge music dominated radio airwaves.
Radiohead were initially branded as a one-hit wonder abroad, but caught on at home in the UK with their second album, "The Bends" (1995), earning fans with their dense guitar atmospheres and front man Thom Yorke's expressive singing. The album featured the hits "High & Dry", "Just" and "Fake Plastic Trees".
The band's third album, "OK Computer" (1997), propelled them to greater attention. Popular both for its expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, the album has been acclaimed by critics as a landmark record of the 1990's, some critics go as far to consider it one of the best of all time. "Kid A" (2000) marked further evolution, containing influences from experimental electronic music.
"Hail To The Thief" (2003) was seen as a conventional return to the guitar and piano-led rock sound. After fulfilling their contract with EMI, Radiohead released "In Rainbows" (2007) famously via a pay-what-you-want model. Their latest album, "A Moon Shaped Pool", was released in May 2016.
Radiohead's original influences were cited as alternative rock and post-punk bands like The Smiths, Pixies, Magazine, Joy Division, and R.E.M. (with lead singer of the band, Thom Yorke, refering to himself as an 'R.E.M. groupie').
When people think of the most popular and successful alternative rock band in the world right now, most minds will wander towards Radiohead. With tour dates that sell out in a matter of hours, eight groundbreaking albums, and three Grammy awards, Radiohead has taken the world by storm. Radiohead's latest album, The King of Limbs, has received outstanding reviews from critics everywhere and, while there are no 2011 tour dates to promote the album, has been praised by fans as well.
Originally called On a Friday, the members of Radiohead met at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire and formed a band circa 1985. Radiohead's early albums contained a somber tone that was commercially unsuccessful and drew references from critics to the group being a Nirvana rip-off. Those critics, with foot in mouth, would praise Radiohead upon the release of OK Computer, in 1997. Supported by the radio-friendly single, "Karma Police", the album won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album and led to grueling tour dates on the Against Demons World Tour. Kid A and Hail to the Thief experienced similar success and the 2005 album, In Rainbow, received some of the greatest praise of any Radiohead album, again winning a Grammy for Best Alternative Album.
Radiohead's most recent album, The King of Limbs, is being praised as a continuation of the band's broadening of accessibility while retaining their signature, hit style. It's this same style that fans will hear on upcoming tour dates in 2011; if there were any. Other than a previous, surprise performance at Glastonbury, fans will just have to wait patiently for the announcement of a new concert schedule.