Radiohead deafened during ‘In Rainbows’ sessions

Colin Greenwood reveals how he nearly lost his hearing

Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood has revealed that he went deaf during the recording of the band’s last album, ‘In Rainbows’.

Greenwood explained that as the result of using the wrong type of headphones while recording the album, which was released on download format last October, he suffered loss of hearing and tinnitus.

“[It was] a fucking nightmare,” he told Word magazine. “It [his hearing] came back, mostly. It doesn’t feel like I’m talking to people underwater anymore.

“For a few months afterwards I’d be watching the telly and suddenly heard these high-pitched whistling noises as more and more high frequencies came back.”