Radiohead like to think outside the box. Sometimes they like to blow up the box completely. The band has been doing interviews to promote the forthcoming album OKNOTOK – an expanded version of 1997’s OK Computer – and lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has told Rolling Stone magazine:

“When we were at school, we hated and distrusted anything that was successful on a large scale.

We just associated it with bands that did guitar solos with big hair. It's already such a preening, self-regarding profession.”

Greenwood doesn’t name names, but adds: “I’ve always hated guitar solos. There’s nothing worse than hearing someone cautiously going up and down the scales of their guitar.

“You can hear them thinking about what the next note should be, and then out it comes. It’s more interesting to write something that doesn’t outstay its welcome.”

Interesting. We’re sure Greenwood is referring to particular styles of music only, as he’s recorded his fair share of acclaimed solos himself: on OK Computer, “Paranoid Android” and “The Tourist” stand out.


But tellingly, he’s also not very keen on bands “copying” anything that has gone before. He says: “Even when we were starting out, it felt like everyone's been in a band. Bands were already old hat. That felt true then, and more so today.

“But I tend to change my mind and sometimes I think it's really important and they’re doing things worthwhile, but other times I feel just like it’s people copying their grandfather’s generation.

“There are grandparents now that were in punk bands and their grandkids are in bands. Maybe that's a great thing. Anything that involves making music, I’m all for. That's the bottom line.”

Radiohead’s OKNOTOK is out June 23. It comes in a number of CD, vinyl and boxset formats, and includes the original OK Computer album, eight b-sides (all remastered), three unreleased tracks... plus extra artwork, a book of Thom Yorke’s notes, and a C90 cassette of demos in the boxset.