RADIOHEAD have hit out at their former record company EMI, angry they can’t
stop the label from releasing an album of their greatest hits.
EMI bosses took the decision after the band walked away from their contract
to release their last album In Rainbows through new label XL Recordings.
Frontman Thom Yorke is annoyed he will have no control over the EMI album –
and dismisses it as pointless. He says, “We haven’t really had any hits so what
exactly is the purpose (of the greatest hits album)?
“There’s nothing we can do about it. The work is really public property now
anyway, in my head at least. It’s a wasted opportunity in that if we’d been
behind it, and we wanted to do it, then it might have been good”.
He also accuses EMI boss Guy Hands of lying to the press – by claiming
Radiohead quit the label because it refused the band’s demands for $20 million
(Â£10 million). He tells Word magazine, “The idea that we were after so much
money (is) stretching the truth to breaking point. That was his PR company
briefing against us. I was so angry. It was a clear indication that the
relationship was over”.