Published Jun 11, 2019Last week, fans got unexpected (and unintended) access to 18 hours of Radiohead material from the band's OK Computer era when hackers leaked 18 MiniDiscs worth of recordings. Now, the band are attempting to right that wrong by releasing the discs as a limited-time download with proceeds going towards climate activism.
In a statement, guitarist Jonny Greenwood explained that rather than paying the hackers their $150,000 USD ransom demand, the band have opted to make the MiniDiscs available for download to aid Extinction Rebellion (an organization dedicated to fighting climate change).
All 18 hours of content are now available through Bandcamp for £18 (approximately $30 CAD) for just 18 days. As Greenwood puts it, "For £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom."
He also warned fans that the material was "never intended for public consumption" (though a few snippets did appear on the OKNOTOK release) and describes the 18-hour listen as "only tangentially interesting."
Decide if that's the case by streaming it below or downloading the entirety of the hacked MiniDiscs over at Radiohead's Bandcamp.