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Name: Radiohead                                                                       
Origin: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England                                                 
Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. The band is           
composed of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, electronics), Jonny         
Greenwood (lead guitar, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals),       
Colin Greenwood (bass guitar, synthesisers) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion).       
Radiohead have released seven albums and have sold over 23 million records over       
their career.                                                                         
Radiohead released their first single, "Creep", in 1992, and their debut album,       
Pablo Honey, in 1993. Though initially unsuccessful, "Creep" was a worldwide hit       
when reissued a year later. Radiohead's popularity in the United Kingdom               
increased with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). The band's         
textured guitar atmospheres and Yorke's falsetto singing were warmly received by       
critics and fans. With the release of OK Computer (1997), Radiohead were               
propelled to greater fame worldwide. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of       
modern alienation, OK Computer has often been acclaimed as a landmark record of       
the 1990s.                                                                             
The release of Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) saw Radiohead reach their peak         
popularity, although the albums divided critical opinion. This period marked a         
change in Radiohead's musical style, with their incorporation of experimental         
electronic music, Krautrock and jazz influences. Hail to the Thief (2003),             
Radiohead's sixth album, blended styles from throughout the band's career,             
mixing guitar-driven rock, electronic influences and contemporary lyrics.             
Radiohead subsequently left their record label, EMI, and released their seventh       
album, In Rainbows (2007), through their own website as a digital download for         
which customers selected their own price.