['Stop Whispering' plays]
Matt Pinfield: "Welcome back to 120 Minutes! I'm Matt Pinfield and I'm here with Radiohead. I'm here with Ed, Thom and Jonny. Good to have you guys here!
Matt: "How are you?
Thom: "Yeah, good to be back.
Matt: "Good to have you back! New album coming out on July 1st, called OK Computer.
Matt: "Which is called... speaking of which, I guess... I know we wanted to tell the story that the record company had sent out, to some people some, copies of the actual cassette in a welded walkman so people don't listen to it in its entirety and on a walkman so they pay attention to it, 'cause a lot of the time people in the industry don't necessarily do that. But, when I got mine in the mail, it was defective!
Matt: "So I'm listening to it, and Thom's voice... I'm thinking “Wow, they've used a real, outstanding speed-up effect on Thom's voice!” So the thing was going and going... finally I realised the whole thing was defective. So I was not going to go without hearing this whole record so I smashed the walkman on the ground [laughs] pulled the cassette out of it, put it in one that worked... and it's a great record!
Matt: "I know people will really enjoy it! Tell me a little bit about recording this one. You originally wanted do it in New York, and you decided to do it over in Bath?
Ed: "We start off in our own rehearsal studio. We've basically bought a load of mobile gear. We set up where we rehearse, which is a converted fruit shed (apple shed), and we brought all the gear in and we spent a month in the summer doing that, and then kind of moved down to a big house outside Bath in October and just changed the environments. You know, non-studio environments.
Matt: "It was good to have windows?
Thom: "Yeah, not feel like lab rats all the time like normally you do in studios. You feel like you're being experimented on all the time.
Matt: "And you also lose all sense of time because of daylight.
Thom: "Yeah, it becomes weird.
Matt: "You find it more helpful as far as the creative process too?
Thom: "It kind of was... the other side of it is, because we were living in the house, as well – we couldn't get away from it, and that was good 'cause we needed to concentrate. We basically had as much time as we wanted to do it, and that got a bit out of hand... [laughs] So we had to get it together, and to actually live and breathe it all day was a really important thing. Drove us a bit nuts but it was a fantastic place, as well, 'cause it had incredible huge, old stone rooms and then really beautiful old wood, as well. Just really weird places to set up. Phil was drumming in the kid's playroom and stuff like that, with all the soft toys everywhere.
Matt: "That must've been really cool, actually!
Thom: "It was! It was wild.
Matt: "Let's check out your new video right now, from the forthcoming album OK Computer. This is a cool one, I know people have seen it before but we got to show it to them again, it's excellent.
Thom: "You've got to see it a lot of times, anyway.
Matt: "They do, they need to, definitely. Here's 'Paranoid Android'. You have to get everything out of that, definitely! On 120 Minutes tonight – Radiohead.
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Matt: "Now, you've made amazing videos. I mean, 'Just' is one of these things, 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)'... incredible stuff! Do you really intend to make 12 videos for all 12 tracks on the album like you said? [all laugh]
Thom: "If you give us some money! We need the money. No... if anybody out there has got... we kind of need about a million dollars. That should cover it.
Matt: "Yeah, is it something you think...
Jonny: "The first few videos are gonna look great but the last few are just gonna be done with...
Jonny: "...with ourselves...
Ed: "With High 8s...
Jonny: "...with Super 8s and
Matt: "High 8s, Super 8s, as the money runs out...
Jonny: "I think, yeah. [laughs]
Ed: "The resources get smaller and the crews get smaller!
Thom: "The idea for it was – it came halfway through doing the record - a suggestion made by Dilly, who commissions the videos (she's a really cool woman). It fitted because OK Computer's a really visual record, all the way through. You start at one point, you end at another point, which is sort of a journey a well. Probably all sounds a bit spar on the tap (?) but I think it's going to work!
Matt: "It definitely will work, I think. Out of question. We've got lots more with Radiohead coming up on 120 Minutes a little later; we'll be talking with Tricky, so don't go anywhere!