Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien Reflects on the Album

Computer OK may not have launched until July 1, 1997 in the US; however, May 21 marks the 25th anniversary of its release in Japan, and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien was given the opportunity to reflect on the album in a pair of Instagram posts. Inspired by BB6 Music’s celebration of Computer OKthe guitarist reminisces about working with producer Nigel Godrich for the first time, recording in Jane Seymour’s mansion, opening for Alanis Morissette (where they “first met that light that was Taylor Hawkins”), and the band’s general thoughts and work ethic over the past 25 years.

We recently unearthed SPIN’s archive of the 90 Best Albums of the 1990s. Where to watch? Computer OK landed here, and read O’Brien’s full message below.

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So.. today is clearly the 25th anniversary of OK Computer’s release. @bbc6music is celebrating this and 1997…

OK a few thoughts in no particular order..
Wow… feels so far away .. 1997 belongs to another era .. we were just kids .. with unchanged focus and driving .. no party just desire to make work it’s just getting better.. it’s been fun.. people seem to be achieving what we’re doing and the gigs are getting stronger.. we’ve absorbed a lot of music other than guitar stuff instead our position .. the bartender bitch .. what’s going on .. in a silent way .. pet sound .. Scott Walker… @underworld .. @massiveattackofficial… @portisheadofficial… it’s pretty DIY .. we built our own mobile studio and co-produced the album with @nigel_godrich .. he did a great job .. thought it was his first production. . we know him as the… .. we look for more inspiring places to record than the usual recording studios .. a space nicknamed the boxed applause… it really located inside a huge metal box for apples .. one is the magical Catherine Palace owned by Jane Seymour .. and it was a magical time .. so many hours practicing these songs .. … then went on tour and played them in.. thanks @alanis for choosing us to open for her, that allowed us to play all these songs that will become OKCs.. that’s where they come i first met the light it was Taylor Hawkins.. even though we knew we were doing something we didn’t know what it would turn out to be.. how could you? .. even listening to some radio talk today, i’m really overwhelmed and still amazed.. we’re on one side of it and can’t really understand the public aspect of it .. then Glastonbury… dreams come true .. there are shadows too .. you think these things will fix you .. they don’t .. that work comes later .. everything pauses to put These songs are out…
Very grateful, grateful to the people around us at that time.. our management, our crew, our brand of Parlophone and Capitol.. we are a family.. no cliché .. we did and dropped my soul into it… still doing..

Thanks @bbc6music for celebrating this music.. thank you all for joining us on that journey.. we were all a part of it.. and thanks as always for my brothers Philip, Colin, Jonny and Thom.. All love Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien Reflects on the Album

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