Hackers order Radiohead singer Thom Yorke to pay £150,000 ransom after stealing 18 hours of unheard music – but he refuses to pay and releases the tracks instead to raise money for Extinction RebellionHackers threatened to release music ‘never intended for public consumption’ Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said the band refused to pay a £150,000 ransom Instead they are releasing 18 hours of music on Bandcamp at £18 for 18 days Raising money for activists who demand UK’s carbon emissions drop to zero By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline Published: 11:29 EDT, 11 June 2019 | Updated: 17:08 EDT, 11 June 2019 Radiohead are releasing a haul of unheard music in aid of Extinction Rebellion instead of paying a ransom to the hackers who broke into their archive.Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said 18 hours of material recorded around the time of 1997’s OK Computer was stolen from frontman Thom Yorke.The thief threatened to expose the songs unless the band forked out £150,000. But Greenwood said that instead they are releasing it through the Bandcamp site so fans can decide for themselves whether they’d have been better off never hearing it. He said sales were in aid of the climate change activists who closed down parts of London in April as they demanded the UK moves to net zero carbon emissions by 2025. Jonny Greenwood (right) has revealed that the archive of Thom York (left) was hacked and they decided to release the material rather than pay a ransom Greenwood tweeted this to the band’s fans as he announced that the band will release the 18 hours of material Extinction Rebellion demonstrators gather at Marble Arch in London on Easter SundayThe musician tweeted: ‘We got hacked last week – someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded 150,000 on threat of releasing it.’So instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion.’Just for the next 18 days. So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.’Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it’s only tangentially interesting. And very, very long. Not a phone download.’ He added: ‘Rainy out, isn’t it though?’Greenwood also tweeted links to Radiohead’s Bandcamp page and the protest group’s website.A note from Yorke on the Bandcamp page says: ‘We’ve been hacked. My archived mini discs from 1995-1998(?). It’s not v interesting, there’s a lot of it. Police carry away a protester during the climate demonstration at Oxford Circus last month’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.’Other famous supporters of Extinction Rebellion include Dame Emma Thompson, former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, authors Philip Pullman and Margaret Atwood and political writer Noam Chomsky.Police arrested more than 1,130 people during the London protests, at which more than 10,000 police officers were deployed. The Met spent £7million policing the demonstrations, which caused carnage on Oxford Street, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, Canary Wharf tube station and outside the Bank of England. The Radiohead tracks released online by the band to get back at hackers Some of the notable unreleased and unfinished tracks included in the 18 hours of mini disk audio recordings made between 1995 and 1998, released online by Radiohead: 1. Poison2. Promises3. No Surprises (Please)4. Electioneering5. Airbag6. Paranoid AndroidIncluded in the haul of recordings previously unheard by the public was a 12-minute version of Paranoid Android. A demo recording of Karma Police and an early version of Exit Music (for a film), which was then called Poison that had completely different lyrics feature on the first disk.Multiple takes of the ‘lost single’ Lift are also included in the recordings. Lift was left out of the final version of OK Computer because the band decided it was ‘too anthemic’.Versions of Airbag and Electioneering that did make the final cut are also present in the one-hour and ten minute album on the first mini disk. No Surprises, which initially included ‘Please’ at the end of the title, was the first track on one of the disks dated April 19, 1996.Other less well-know tracks named Annoying Neighbours, Soft Pain, Human Error and Risk of Suffocation are on some of the other 18, roughly hour-long disks.
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