As suspected, Radiohead will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their third album, OK Computer, with the release of OKNOTOK – a sumptuous set featuring the remastered version of the original album, b-sides and three previously unreleased tracks.
But that’s not all, oh no. Radiohead will also release the so-called “lost single” ‘Lift’ on the anniversary of OK Computer’s release. The track was a mainstay of the band’s 1996 tour but it failed to make the final cut.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien said that the band had lost its nerve about including it on OK Computer.
"We'd probably have sold a lot more records... [But] I think we subconsciously killed it because if OK Computer had been like a Jagged Little Pill, like Alanis Morisette, it would have killed us,” said O’Brien.
He went on to say that they’d never got a good version together "because when we got to the studio and did it, it was a bit like having a gun to your head. We felt so much pressure."
OKNOTOK will be released on June 23 and will include eight b-sides and three previously unreleased tracks – ‘I Promise’, ‘Man Of War’ and ‘Lift’. A press release says that the new songs and b-sides were “rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage.”
The physical box set of OKNOTOK will contain a hardcover book containing mkiore than 30 artworks, a notebook made up of 104 pages from Thom Yoek’s library of scrawled notes, a 48 page sketchbook of designers Donwood and Tchok’s “preparatory” artwork and a C90 compilation tape made buy the band of session archives and demo tapes.
As with 1997, Radiohead are set to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at the end of June.