Saturday, September 26, 2009
No More Radiohead full lengths
In a move that is sure to stir both controversy and delight, Radiohead is abandoning yet another industry standard, the full length album. In an interview with The Believer magazine, Thom Yorke explains why he doesn't see a full-length in Radiohead's future, and why singles are the way to go.
from the Believer Magazine:
THOM YORKE: "I always hated CDs ... I'm happy to see the CD format disappear...None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off."
THE BELIEVER: In some ways, the way Internet singles work is close to the way things used to be with the music industry in the ’50s, before full-lengths were the thing, and radio singles were what defined artists.
THOM YORKE: "Right, and if you forget about the money issue for just a minute, if it’s possible to do that—because these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about—and you look at it in terms of the most amazing broadcasting network ever built, then it’s completely different. In some ways, that’s the best way of looking at it. I mean, I don’t spend my fucking life downloading free MP3s, because I hate the websites. No one seems to know what they’re talking about. I’d much rather go to sites like Boomkat, where people know what they’re talking about. "