Radiohead just uploaded approximately 18 hours worth of material from the band’s OK Computer era — and the reasoning behind the unexpected release is quite interesting.

Apparently a hacker got ahold of some mini disc files recorded from 1995 – 1998 and demanded a ransom in the value of $150,000, giving the iconic group an ultimatum. Either pony up the dough, or the stolen sessions would be released to the public.

Well, Radiohead took matters into their own hands and decided to release the music on their own free will. That way, fans can still enjoy the collection of music they call “not v interesting.” They added, “it may as well be out there.”

In sum, the hacker’s plan totally backfired. For the next 18 days fans can download the 18 mini disks and 18 hours worth of material for just £18. Funds will go to climate change activism group Extinction Rebellion.

Get your copy here.

Radiohead’s official statement: 

we’ve been hacked
my archived mini discs from 1995-1998(?)
it’s not v interesting
there’s a lot of it

if you want it, you can buy the whole lot here
18 minidisks for £18
the proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion

as it’s out there
it may as well be out there
until we all get bored
and move on

Thmx

Radiohead Hacked