Some people, especially avid Q readers, are inclined to think they are the greatest band in the history of mankind and that OK Computer was the greatest album ever made. Others simply think they are a cool band with great music and a real personality. There are also those who think that they are an over-blown, over-rated psycho eccentric crap band who are worshipped by millions of wannabe 'music connoisseurs' who read too much Q and wouldn't know good music if it came up to them and slapped them in the face.
Anyway, the band have apparently finished their latest album - In Rainbows - and decided to announce it out of the blue on the Internet.
Now, Radiohead being Radiohead, the band have decided not to do things the conventional way, and thus, for now the album can only be obtained from the In Rainbows website.
Curious, I went to the website and saw this:
Then clicking on the 'Enter' word, I saw this:
Not much for long elaborate descriptions of their music, are they?
Apparently, you can order the album in two formats - a special discbox that will only be shipped in December; or you can just download the whole damn thing on 10 October.
This is the discbox, along with some detail of what you'll get:
Wait a minute. FORTY POUNDS???? BLOODY hell, that's close to THREE HUNDRED RINGGIT for a freaking album!!!
Sure, the discbox has a lot of cool stuff like vinyl records, new songs, and other additional nifty stuff packed into it; but still... RM300 is WAAAY too much, dudes.
Anyway, if you're like me (read: CHEAP), then you can opt for the other option - downloading the album instead.
Now, this is where things get fun, Radiohead-style. Where the discbox just screams "BLOODY CUTTHROATS!!!", the downloads cost... almost anything you want to pay for it.
Yup, when you click on the 'pre-order' button next to the DOWNLOAD option, and then view your basket, you'll get THIS:
See those blank spaces there? You're supposed to type in any amount of money you want to pay for the album.
See that little red question mark I've circled above? Click on THAT and you'll get this:
And in case you're still curious about the whole affair, there's another cheerfully helpful question mark there, which you can click to go HERE:
Gee, the band must have had a blast coming up with that.
Anyway, it's true. Apparently, you're free to choose how much you wanna pay to download the ENTIRE ALBUM. Heck, you can probably pay ONE RINGGIT for it for all they care. Sure beats having to pay RM300 for the disc box AND wait another bloody four-five months for it to get here, eh?
Oh, and in case you were wondering, here're the songs that are on the album... AND the ones found on the special enhanced CD inside the bloody RM300 discbox:
CD one and vinyl:
- 15 STEP
- WEIRD FISHES/ARPEGGI
- ALL I NEED
- FAUST ARP
- HOUSE OF CARDS
- JIGSAW FALLING INTO PLACE
CD two and vinyl:
- MK 1
- DOWN IS THE NEW UP
- GO SLOWLY
- MK 2
- LAST FLOWERS
- UP ON THE LADDER
- BANGERS AND MASH
- 4 MINUTE WARNING
For a more detailed explanation about the whole thing, go HERE. To see the band's official announcement on their blog (as well as some strange, cryptic scrawlings that could only have come from the warped mind ofThom Yorke) go to their blog at DEAD AIR SPACE.