UPDATE: Good news ladies and gents, Radiohead clearly realized their fans were desperate for information as they’ve funnily given us a rather big update. Their press release states a luxury reissue of the album will be launched on June 23rd, to roughly coincide with the initial launch date 20-years ago. The album will feature the original 12 songs, along with previously unheard versions of “Man of War”, “I Promise” and “Lift”. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, this is what else Radiohead’s PR team says you get with the new album:
The OKNOTOK BOXED EDITION will ship July, featuring a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of ‘OK Computer’ containing three heavyweight 180 gram black 12″ vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than thirty artworks (many of which have never been seen before) 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 the band, taken from ‘OK Computer’ session archives and demo tapes.
So now we have the tough decision of saving up for a vacation this summer or splurging it all on the OK Computer boxed edition (it’s going to be the latter).
Who else remembers OK Computer? Oh, who are we kidding? Who could forget OK Computer? In 20 days time, Radiohead’s most famous album of all time turns 20-years-old (yep, you’re that old. Sorry), and the band has dropped a massive hint that an anniversary release could be on the cards.
In true Radiohead form, the band hasn’t given much away. Instead, they’ve left mysterious clues across the world and on their social media.
The first hint came in the form of posters. Around the globe, Radiohead fans were sent into a frenzy after seeing these black and white posters emblazoned with the words ‘MORE FEAR.’ The posters, which have been spotted across London, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin, and New York City also say, ‘1997 2017.’ 1997, of course, refers to the first release of the album. Could 2017 mean it’s going to be released again?
Well, the plot thickens.
Just yesterday, the band released a video onto their social media channels. The thirty-second video features an old-style flickering image of a loading computer screen and a young girl signing (slightly different) lyrics to the band’s Climbing Up The Walls single from OK Computer. I mean, if that’s not a big clue, we don’t know what is. The change in the lyrics definitely hints to a remastered album that could include the likes of unreleased songs or rare recordings of the band. And we’re pretty excited.
— Radiohead (@radiohead) May 1, 2017
So far, the band has not confirmed or denied anything, so we just have to wait. But if our hunch is correct, we could be expecting an Anniversary OK Computer Album in 20 days. So keep your eyes peeled.