English rock band Radiohead has many pivotal moments that we could touch on, like the fact that they have been together through thick and thin since 1985.
The group consists of Thom Yorke on lead vocals, guitar, and piano, Jonny Greenwood on lead guitar, keys, and other instruments, Colin Greenwood on bass, Phil Selway on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and Ed O’Brien on backing vocals and guitar. They all met while attending Abingdon School, an independent school for boys.
Their debut single “Creep," from Pablo Honey gave the band sudden success. They continued to rise with the release of their sophomore album, The Bends and have been going strong ever since.
The five most pivotal moments in Radiohead’s career:
1. The group sign with EMI Records and change their name to Radiohead
After meeting at the Abingdon School, the boys started a band together only the name was originally “On A Friday” which they chose since they practiced on Fridays. After high school, they continued to play through their college years and after college, they began recording demos. This led to them signing a six-album recording contract with EMI and upon their signing it was suggested to change the name of the group. They decided to go with Radiohead after the song “Radio Head” from Talking Heads' album True Stories.
2. Radiohead released "Creep," putting them on the map
“Creep” a single from album Pablo Honey was initially blacklisted by the BBC Radio when it was released due to being labeled “too depressing;” however, in Israel it was being played frequently which caused it to become a huge success in that country.
3. "Creep" turns into a crossover success and launches Radiohead into popularity stateside
Radiohead was met with unexpected attention to the single “Creep” in America also which prompted EMI to make adjustments to their current promotion plans. This led to Radiohead going between the continents playing over 150 concerts in 1993.
4. The release of OK Computer
In 1997, Radiohead’s third album OK Computer gave the band international fame and became a landmark record of the '90s. It is also considered the band's best album.
5. The group surprises with Kid A and Amnesic which are drastic sonic departures
Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked a dramatic twist in the group's musical style by incorporating experimental electronic music, krautrock, and some jazz influence.