Posts tagged ‘Radiohead’

March 26, 2011

Radiohead to enter newspaper business!

Hold on a minute!  Just when we’re told the newspaper industry is dying with dwindling sales and mass exodus online along come Radiohead to prove themselves contrary yet again.  One of the most pioneering bands of our generation, who have pushed the boundaries of music distribution and mainstream experimental acceptance are releasing a newspaper,  The Universal Sigh, to coincide with the hard copy release of the ‘King of Limbs’.   Isn’t this just plain old mass marketing, old style?  Will the newspaper really have anything to say?

For a band that are so vocal in their support for carbon reduction and driven by new technologies isn’t this a bit of a volte face?


The Radiohead album ‘The King of Limbs’ will be available for purchase in all good record stores everywhere on Monday 28th March, except in the United States of America and in Canada, where for reasons beyond the purview of this writer it will be available from Tuesday 29th March. On VINYL! OnCOMPACT DISC! As a DOWNLOAD!

To commemorate this momentous occasion, Radiohead have produced a newspaper which will be given away, free, gratis, without cost to the consumer by accredited vendors from a multitude of locationsWORLDWIDE!In the USA, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Austria, in the Czech Republic, in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Australia, Latvia, Iceland, Romania, New Zealand, the UK and a load of other places around the globe, our dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people will be handing out copies of THE UNIVERSAL SIGH to anyone who wants one, until we run out!

In conjunction with this unbelievable offer, Radiohead have established THEUNIVERSAL SIGH as a website on the internet, where details of your nearest vendor can be found, as well as more informations and a photogallery where we will be posting photos and the lucky owners of the gratis tabloid are invited to post pictures of themselves and their friends reading the newspaper in locations diverse and unusual. There will be other stuff too, but we haven’t thought of it yet.




This newspaper IS NOT the newspaper that accompanies the Newspaper Album version of The King of Limbs.

This event WILL NOT be repeated.

This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead.

March 15, 2011

Radiohead Confessions

Now the dust has settled on the conjecture surrounding Radiohead’s latest release, ‘King of Limbs’, it’s time to face the truth…………………..?


March 31, 2009

Reading Festival leaves the metal behind

In what was the last big festival announcement for the summer, Reading Festival revealed its hand to a slightly surprised audience.  The fact that there is not one heavy rock band headlining will disappoint many but the fact remains that in these incredibly competitive times it is vital for a festival to offer a competitive advantage, especially as punters are keeping a closer eye on their funds.  KOL are clearly famous enough to be headlining – as shifting units is a pre-requisite for getting people through the gates – there has been no-one better than that during the last twelve months – even though they are appearing just about everywhere at the moment.  Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead on the other hand are playing no where else in Britain throughout the summer, which offers Reading quite a strong USP and after the Arctics incendiary performance there in 2006, coming on before Muse on the Saturday night, who can deny them a place at the summit.   No words can describe the brilliance of a Radiohead performance – expect this one to be truly memorable.                                                              

While many fans may scoff at the mainstream – safe presence of these three bands at least they are all sticking to the one partner this summer –
With too many festivals clogging up the English summer there is clearly not enough bands to go round – Glastonbury’s three headliners can be seen flirting withHyde Park the same weekend – (Blur the following) while Neil Young is whoring it with the Isle of Wight as well. 

This exclusivity is hard to come by in a crowded market place – many European and American festivals don’t have the same problem because of less festivals and larger distances between each one. Britain is oversubscribed and yet there are still festivals appearing for the first time – Sonisphere at Knebworth Park has emerged as a heavy rock competitor for Download, which is probably why Reading felt it had to re-adjust its position yet again to remain a significant  feature of the festival calender.  It’s probably the reason why its been rocking since 1971.