Using yet again Radiohead's website to make his announcement and provide details as to a forthcoming benefit concert for the Green Party, Yorke carefully took the time to explain the reasons why he was becoming involved with a party whereas he had refused to meet Tony Blair five years earlier:. I'm doing a low key solo thing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on the 25th of Feb[ruary]. It's because a friend of mine Tony Juniper who used to be the head of Friends of the Earth and who I went to the Copenhagen summit with is hoping to become one of the first Green Members of Parliament in the UK.
And I wanted to help him out somehow. I think he'd be a great MP as he knows a lot about the murky brown waters of politics when it comes to the environment, but has positive energy with a healthy contempt for the way they operate. And wouldn't it be nice to have someone there who is actually doing more than paying lip service to climate change? And maybe rip shit up a little? Now normally I wouldn't get involved in politics like this… but let's face it… it ain't Labour or the Tories, is it?
It's a slippery slope, I know [ All the proceeds from said event go to the Green Party of which Tony is a member.
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The fact that he specifically supports the Green Party seems to make a difference in his eyes, as it is described as far more acceptable than standing with the Labour or Conservative parties. As was the case with other benefit concerts which Yorke took part in, it is unclear whether most fans in attendance were there to support environmental politics or to see the Radiohead frontman, but the latter explanation seems quite plausible.
All in all, celebrity support was not enough to help Tony Juniper, since he came in fourth position with 7.
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Such an evolution may appear all the more striking as Yorke had previously ruled out the possibility of using his fame to back a political party or even meet with a political leader. After all, many of Radiohead's politicised lyrics express nothing but mistrust of mainstream politics and of the government in general.
Nonetheless, in hindsight, it appears that the issue of climate change provided Yorke and his bandmates with a sort of backdoor entrance onto the political stage, or rather, a way to legitimise political interest and participation, bearing in mind, as Yorke himself put it, that supporting the Green Party may be perceived as more legitimate for a rock star than endorsing one of the main two parties.
More recently, Yorke has continued to indulge in the habit of issuing snide political comments, not necessarily on Radiohead's " Dead Air Space " blog which has now disappeared from their official website , but rather on his own personal Twitter account. Twitter admittedly offers a very convenient platform for off-the-cuff, personal comments and one-liners, such as his reaction to the result of the General Election — " The City must be very pleased spits.
Starting as five middle-class, university-educated musicians forming a band in the late s, they have, since then, witnessed multiple transformations in British society and politics, from the twilight years of Thatcherism to Tony Blair's New Labour, and on to David Cameron's Broken Britain.
As a rock band that has drawn their inspiration from their socio-political context, Radiohead's music inevitably reflected these social changes and, eventually, strengthened their opposition to them. What constituted, at first, the band's lyrical inspiration progressively turned into a political rationale and, later, to personal activism, especially in favour of environmental protection.
But activism can also be defined as the act of expressing an opinion, supporting a cause, and encouraging others to share such beliefs, in the aim of improving a social, political, or environmental situation. Radiohead's politically-charged texts could thus be perceived as attempts at educating their listeners, or, at the very least, at drawing their attention to a particular issue, without ever proving as overbearing as a full-on, explicit protest song.
Assuming a political stance remains a potentially risky choice for such a high-profile band since it may alienate members of their audience, even though fans of Radiohead's challenging music are likely to share the musicians' middle-class education and environmental, political concerns. The main threat to a band's political integrity may then come from their record companies, which may estimate that activism could get in the way of commercial success. In that sense, it is not surprising to notice that Thom Yorke's fiercest protest messages made their way on to his band's blog after , once Radiohead had fulfilled their contract with EMI and were therefore largely in control of the means of promotion of their music as they notably did in by letting fans choose the amount they wanted to pay for their In Rainbows album.
The "risks" taken by the band help appreciate their political contribution, even though the latter might appear slight in comparison of other artists'.
Bragg's protest songs reflect his profound personal involvement in left-wing politics since he played benefit concerts during the Miners' strike and was part of the Red Wedge collective in the s, organising concerts for the benefit of Neil Kinnock's Labour Party. An even stronger point of comparison can be found in the works of Manic Street Preachers, a Welsh rock band whose career overlaps Radiohead's and matches their level of success with no less than ten Top 10 albums.
The fact that all three aforementioned acts lean towards the radical left serves up an interesting contrast to Radiohead's pro-environment stance, which may appear slightly tame — or at least in line with their middle-class upbringing — in comparison. All in all, Radiohead's political involvement seems less straightforward than some of its contemporaries', not because of a lack of personal involvement or awareness of political issues, but because of a purposeful choice to maintain a relative separation between music as a form of art and introspection and political participation.
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Whatever interpretation should prevail, the choice of the NME to run this headline in both referenced punk rock's mistrust of the government and drew the public's attention to a potential misrepresentation of traditional left-wing ideals by the Labour government. For instance, Jarvis Cocker, the Pulp frontman, described the situation as " worse than if the Tories had got in, because with the Tories you would expect the same old shit to happen " New Musical Express , 14 March Other Orwellian references pervade Radiohead's work, for instance one of OK Computer 's track, entitled "Karma Police" is an allusion to the "thought police" which is seen at work in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
For instance, the most widespread form of political participation in Britain remains voting in a General Election Prior to the release of A Moon Shaped Pool , Radiohead deleted all existing content from their official website, which, as of June , solely consists of material related to their latest album.front.parohod.biz/ross-for-boss-the-perot-phenomena-and-beyond.php
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Consequently, many of Thom Yorke's blog posts referenced here are unlikely to be available online anymore. The entire study and its conclusions are available in my PhD dissertation pp. A majority of the 40 respondents indicated that they were extremely unlikely to change political allegiances simply on account of their favourite band's leanings.
Yet, a handful of respondents hinted that Yorke's political messages could influence them slightly, even by simply drawing their attention to political issues that they might, in turn, research personally. Main journal in British area studies published in France.
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Cultural Activism. Outline Introduction. Popular music and political meaning: the role of the historical context. Kid A and Amnesiac: "Did you lie to us, Tony? Personal activism: fulfilling the music's political potential? Conclusion: rock music as a form of activism? Considering the albums in the context of the band's earlier releases, Letts explores the motivations behind this change.
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Unlike most critics of Radiohead, who focus on the band's lyrics, videos, sociological importance, or audience reception, Letts focuses on the music itself. She investigates Radiohead's ambivalence toward its own success, as manifested in the vanishing subject of Kid A on these two albums. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Other books in this series. Add to basket. Choro Tamara Elena Livingston. Five Percenter Rap Felicia Miyakawa. Introduction 2. Review quote Marianne Tatom Letts's excellent new book returns to the origins of the band's subversive marketing strategies.
Letts's smart, in-depth account reveals as much about Radiohead's ambivalent and conflicted relationship with popular culture and contemporary capitalism as it does about their musical appeal. And, needless to say, it's required reading for Radiohead cultists. Considering the albums in the context of the band s earlier releases, Letts explores the motivations behind this change. Unlike most critics of Radiohead, who focus on the band s lyrics, videos, sociological importance, or audience reception, Letts focuses on the music itself.
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