Bad news: Radiohead was hacked.
Last week, a hacker stole the band’s lead singer Thom Yorke’s private minidisk archive from the band’s third album and subsequent major worldwide hit, “OK Computer.” The hacker demanded $150,000 or they’d release it to the public.
Stuck between a ransom and a hard place, Radiohead released the tapes themselves.
The recordings were “never intended for public consumption” and “only tangentially interesting,” the band said in a post on Facebook. But “instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp” in aid of Extinction Rebellion, a climate change group.
Until the end of the month, the stolen recordings will be available for £18 ($23).
There is, though, a lesson to