GEE WHIZZ!

The band are to work again with director Grant Gee on a series of "video blips"...

Radiohead, who have revealed that they are not planning to release any singles from their forthcoming album ‘KID A’, are working once again with director GRANT GEE.

Gee – who made their ‘Meeting People Is Easy’ documentary – was speaking last week as he directed the video for Idlewild‘s new single ‘Roseability’ at a studio in London. He revealed that he is to film live video footage with Radiohead, as they are not intending to make any videos or release singles from, ‘Kid A’, which is released on October 2.

Radiohead kick off their UK tour at Newport Tredegar House, Wales next week (September 1). They have made a series of 10 to 40-second “video blips” to accompany the release of the album and the tour, which will have audio excerpts from the album and will be used on the Internet and TV.

Co-manager Chris Hufford, speaking in this week’s Music Week, said the band deliberately decided not to go down the traditional route of releasing singles and promo videos: “Doing a commercial single doesn’t make any sense at all with what they’re trying to do with their music. Instead, radio programmers in every territory are being offered the opportunity to choose which tracks to play themselves.

“Over the past three records Radiohead have found it harder and harder to fit the way they perceive their creativity and what they’re doing within the way the industry has gone with its focus on music as commodity. We had no choice – the band couldn’t go through the traditional procedure again.”

Radiohead‘s spokesperson confirmed that they were working with Gee, who made the insightful and at points harrowing documentary of the band going through the rigours of the promotional machine while on their world tour in 1997. He is also currently working on a documentary with Oasis, based around their recent Wembley Stadium shows, which produced one of their most fraught gigs to date on the second night (Saturday July 22).

Speaking about the Idlewild video shoot, his first with the band, Gee admitted: “I’ve not seen them live before. But they have been easy to work with. Filming live videos is relatively easy.”

Two hundred Idlewild fans took part in the video shoot as extras in the audience in the studio in Hammersmith last Friday (August 18), having won tickets through the band’s official website, [url=]www.idlewild.co.uk. As well as an 18-date support tour with Placebo in Europe, the band have announced a UK tour to support the release of ‘Roseability’ on October 16 through Food, with a warm-up date just added at Bradford University on September 28.

The full tour dates are: Portsmouth Pyramid (October 10) Exeter University (11) Warwick University (12) Leicester De Montfort University (15) Cambridge Junction (16) Manchester MDH (18) Lancaster Sugarhouse (19) Aberdeen Music Hall (20) Glasgow Barrowland (21) Derby Future Club (23) Norwich UEA (25) London Shepherd’s Bush (26)

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