Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Abingdon,
Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals,
guitars, piano), Jonny Greenwood (guitars, keyboards, other
instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitars, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood
(bass, synthesizers) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion). Radiohead
released their first single, "Creep", in 1992. The song was initially
unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the
release of their debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Radiohead's third
album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to greater international
fame. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK
Computer is often acclaimed as a landmark record of the 1990s. Kid A
(2000) and Amnesiac (2001) marked an evolution in Radiohead's musical
style, as the group incorporated experimental electronic music,
Krautrock and jazz influences. Radiohead's work has appeared in a large
number of listener polls and critics' lists. While the band's earlier
albums were influential on British rock and pop music, musicians in a
wide variety of genres have been influenced by their later work.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
According to legend, the city of Venice (in modern Italy) was founded
exactly at the stroke of noon with the dedication of the first church,
that of San Giacomo at the islet of Rialto.
Metropolitan Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag in the Monastery
of Agia Lavra to symbolically mark the beginning of the Greek War of
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City killed more than
140 garment workers, many of whom could not escape the burning building
because the managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits.
The Soviet Union began mass deportations of over 90,000 people from the
Baltic states to Siberia.
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot and killed by his nephew Faisal
Wiktionary's word of the day:
double act (n):
A comic pairing in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship
between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin
and profession, but often with drastically different personalities or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We have come more and more under the dominance of mechanics and
sacrificed living humanity to the dead rhythm of the machine without
most of us even being conscious of the monstrosity of the procedure.
Hence we frequently deal with such matters with indifference and in
cold blood as if we handled dead things and not the destinies of men.
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