May 31, 2000 11:25

BLACK 'HEAD!

The band finally discuss the eagerly-awaited follow-up to [b]'OK Computer'[/b]...

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Radiohead have claimed that their forthcoming new album will be "dark" and comparable in tone to older tracks such as 'Talk Show Host' and 'Airbag'.

Speaking on Dutch radio station Amsterdam Radio 3FM, bassist Colin Greenwood said the band were still picking through 40 tracks for possible inclusion on the album. Joined by brother Jonny, he also said the band have some seven possible album titles at present.

He is quoted by other UK reports to have said:"If you like 'Exit Music', 'Talk Show Host' and 'Airbag', you will like the new album, because it's got songs similar to those. And also some experimentation with electronic music as well."

It is also reported that the band are looking to alternative concert sites for the autumn (like the circus style marquees as reported last week on nme.com for proposed shows at the Stade De France in Paris on September 19 and 20) because they were fed-up playing venues designed for sporting events.

In other Radiohead news, Thom Yorke has taken an oblique swipe at the rise of supertechnology and the internet. On his page on the Radiohead website (www.radiohead.com/thom.html), the singer has quoted the book 'Big Brother' by author Simon Davis saying:"The promise of a technological utopia has made snese [sic] to a population becoming weary of high taxes, inept organization, big government and failing social institutions. Stage by stage, we made a contract with computer technology, the terms of which are that we would surrender our personal information to technology in return for a safer, cheaper, more efficient life... It's no longer fashionable among intelligent folk to admit being 'scared' or even 'concerned' about computers. Smart people embrace technology.

"The most drab and unimaginative politicians are advised to climb aboard the Superhighway and get hip about new technology."

A series of black and white photographs showing cityscapes and barely focused landscapes accompanies the piece.

Radiohead kick off their European tour in Arles, France on June 13 and head through to Caesaria in Israel on July 13. There are a limited number of tickets still available for some of the dates on the tour, except those in Spain (Barcelona, June 15) and Germany (Berlin 3,4). The band's only UK date at Scott Walker's Meltdown Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on July 1 is also sold out. Tickets are only available through the Radiohead website www.radiohead.com .

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