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Unreleased material from Radiohead’s OK Computer sessions has leaked

When Radiohead hunkered down to record their third album, they were paranoid about any material leaking out to the general public. Leaks, of course, were responsible for hurting album sales and Radiohead wanted no part of that grief.

And the paranoia paid off. Nothing escaped into the wild, which allowed the band to issue an expanded 20th-anniversary version of OK Computer called OKNOTOK in 2017. It featured three songs that hitherto had only been heard in live performance.

However, Reddit reports that 18 Minidiscs (about 18 hours) of material from the months during which OK Computer was recorded. (See a Google doc of everything here.)

So what’s there? Rough versions of songs you know. Fragments of song that have never seen the light of day. Songs that turned into other songs. There’s a version of a song called “Lift” that some fans believe could have been a hit on the level of “Creep”–which might be the reason the band shelved it.

The songs are out there. Search ’em out if that’s your thing.

Alan Cross

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