Radiohead Officially Releases Leaked Recording Sessions

Radiohead has officially released some 18 hours of outtakes from the recording sessions for the band's classic 1997 album, OK Computer, one week after the recordings were leaked online by hackers.

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood issued a statement accompanying the release, relating what happened. He explained, "We got hacked last week -- someone stole Thom’s (Yorke, singer) minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and apparently demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it."

Greenwood continued, "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 (approximately $23) you can find out if we should have paid that ransom."

Greenwood admitted that while some of the music was included on 2017's deluxe OK Computer reissue, it was "never intended for public consumption" and "only tangentially interesting."

OK Computer was Radiohead's third album and the British band's commercial breakthrough, selling more than three million copies and yielding the hit single "Karma Police."