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Radiohead turn tables on pirates in charity release

Making waves: Radiohead, pictured in 1997, hit back by releasing music PICTURE: REX

RADIOHEAD are releasing hours of unheard music in aid of Extinction Rebellion after the band was hacked and held to ransom.

Some 18 hours of material was stolen from the frontman Thom Yorke’s collection from around the time of 1997 album OK Computer, revealed guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

He tweeted: ‘We got hacked last week — someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive 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.’

Old titles: Names of previously unreleased songs are written on one of the minidiscs now being sold on Bandcamp

Describing the release as ‘very, very, long’ and ‘not a phone download’, he said it was ‘never intended for public consumption’ and was ‘only tangentially interesting’.

But he joked: ‘Rainy out, isn’t it though?’ Greenwood also tweeted links to Radiohead’s page on music-sharing site Bandcamp and to the website of Extinction Rebellion.

A note from Yorke on the Bandcamp page added: ‘It’s not v interesting, there’s a lot of 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.’