In terms of Pop Culture, 1997 was a pretty average year. ‘MMM bop’ was at the top of the charts in 27 countries. Bill Clinton was the president of the United States. The first Harry Potter book was released to absolutely no fanfare. Ellen DeGeneres came out on the Oprah Winfrey Show to an audience of 42 million people. And Radiohead, those guys who made that annoying song ‘Creep’, released their magnum opus, ‘OK Computer’, an ode to anxiety and the fear of the times we lived in, and continue to live in. It’s still their most influential and beloved album- in 2015 it was added to the National Recording Registry to be preserved in the Library of Congress.
This year, ‘OK Computer’ is 20 years old and to celebrate the album is being re-released as ‘OKNOTOK’ in three formats- CD, vinyl and super mega deluxe special edition (including a C90 cassette tape, hardcover book packed with unreleased artwork/not es/lyrics etc.) In addition to the album, which has been completely remastered, all form ats will include eight b-sides and three unreleased tracks, all of which have been teased by the band in various live incarnations since 1997.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to this incredible album yet, now is the best time to pick it up and discover what you’ve been missing out on. It’ll change your life.