The actual motorway depicted in the cover of Radiohead‘s ‘OK Computer’ artwork may have been revealed by fans.
Radiohead recently announced a 20th anniversary reissue of ‘OK Computer’ for 23 June. The album’s cover was designed by the band’s long-time visual collaborator Stanley Donwood along with frontman Thom Yorke.
Ahead of the 20 year milestone, a fan recently posed a theory to Reddit (as seen in the Imgur GIF below) that the classic album’s artwork is based on a highway interchange in Hartford, Connecticut, between Interstates 84 and 91.
The user suggests that the original photo may have been taken from the window of a Hilton hotel that the band stayed in after a show in Hartford during August 1996 – one of the last live shows the band played before returning to the UK to record ‘OK Computer’.
Recent news reports also cite a local congressman calling for the highways to be bulldozed in favour of building new underground tunnels.
NME has contacted representatives of Radiohead for a comment.
Meanwhile, Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ reissue will include the remastered album with b-sides and three never before released tracks of ‘I Promise’, ‘Lift’ and ‘Man Of War’ (also known among fans and ‘Big Boots’).
“Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OK COMPUTER: the original twelve track album, three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes,” say the band in a statement.
“Inside a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of OK COMPUTER are three heavyweight 180 gram black 12″ vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than 30 artworks, many of which have never been seen before except by us, and full lyrics to all the tracks except the ones that haven’t really got any lyrics.”
“Under this weighty tome are yet more surprises: a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke’s library of scrawled notes of the time, a sketchbook containing 48 pages of Donwood and Tchock’s ‘preparatory work’ and a C90 cassette mix tape compiled by us, taken from OK COMPUTER session archives and demo tapes.”
They added: “To avoid accusations of wilful obscurity, a 320k MP3, 16- or 24-bit WAV download of 23 tracks will be available to you on 23rd June and a download of the cassette will be inside the box.”