As sales pitches for an £18 digital album go, “It’s not v interesting / there’s a lot of it”, takes some beating. The download is actually an archive of 18 of Thom Yorke’s archived MiniDiscs from the mid 1990s.
A blog post on the band’s website explained: “We got hacked last week – someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it,” explained the band. “So instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days… It’s only tangentially interesting. And very, very long.” Cue fan excitement anyway, and a welcome windfall for the climate-change tackling movement.
There was also some light relief when fellow musician Daniel Pemberton asked on Twitter “how do you hack a MiniDisc?” and received a reply from Yorke. “You have to squash them quite flat first to get them online”.
Meanwhile, fans have already crowdsourced a Google Doc explaining the full story about the hack and leak, and offering a rundown of what’s actually on each MiniDisc.