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For conduct below and far-short of the call of duty, we've been awarded the following distinctions: gold disks in the USA and Canada; silver in the UK; the 3M Award for Most Innovative Album of 1993 (whoop!); Single of the Year in Select and Melody Maker (also second brightest hope for '94); an NME Brat, and a Brit nomination. We've also been mentioned in despatches - none other than The Observer has tipped us as "one of the bands for '94".
USA - Some people never grow up. Why did we make three transatlantic crossings in about as many days? Well, upon arrival in the USA for the Fall tour, Tim Greaves, our long-suffering tour manager, was overwhelmed by our cries of "Again! Again!" and "The more you scream the faster you go". In the tradition of all good parents at the fairground, he dutifully paid our fares and sent us for another ride across the Atlantic. However, we did make an
appearance on Top of the Pops during our UK pit stop. Then we returned to The States and started our extensive co-headline tour with Belly. Highlights included our appearance on the Conan O'Brien chat show and Thom and Tanya's duet at the end of each gig. Support was provided initially by The Bats, and then by New York's finest The Werefrogs.
CANADA - We next headed north for a four date tour of Canada. With routing worthy of a British Rail diversion, we played a gig supporting Tears For Fears in Las Vegas, halfway through the tour. They subsequently went on to play 'Creep' in many of their shows, whereas we went on to do more touring.
EUROPE - To round off the year we supported James on a six week tour of Europe. This took us to Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and eventually the UK. We played some of our best shows on this tour. It also taught us a few things. First, if you want an ego boost, tour in Portugal. Secondly, if you want a personal life, stop touring. We did both.
How do you withstand the rigours of life on the road with Radiohead, turn 30, and still retain your fresh boyish looks? Ask Tim Greaves, our tour manager. To mark this amazing feat, a Radiohead tribute band, Faithless And The Wonder Boys, was cobbled together for Tim's birthday party in Reading. Bearing a marked resemblance to the five loveable moptops from Oxford, they played a set of material overheard at recent Radiohead rehearsals for their second album.
We've just finished rehearsals for our second album, Belisha Beacon being its current working title. Shut away in a secret rural location for five weeks, we crafted about twenty blistering chunks of aural history. Together with producer John Leckie (Magazine, The Stone Roses, Verve, Ride....) we're shortly going into London studio to record these tracks. Expect to hear more soon.
A new single should be released on May 23rd. The track has yet to be finalised
and recorded. We will also be doing dates at Manchester University May 25th,
Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall 26th, and London Astoria 27th (check press for details
- we have to).
FURTHER INFORMATIONDon't forget, 'Pop is Dead', the
Radiohead Fanzine is still available
from: Val Savage,
6 Arundel Court, Beadham Drive,
Manchester, M9 3QS, England.