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Radiohead’s OK Computer was inspired by Douglas Adams

Radiohead’s OK Computer was inspired by Douglas Adams
We’ve recently had towel day, where fans of sci-fi humourist Douglas Adams carry a towel around in homage to his greatest work, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Well, it turns out that Adams was an influence on Radiohead’s OK Computer too, giving them the name.
 
In a chat to Rolling Stone about the reissue, Thom Yorke explained all about the title: he was on tour, in the US, and listening to an audio version of Guide, when a spaceships command computer says it can’t defend the ship from the way it’s being attacked. Rogue president Zaphod Beeblebrox replies “Ok computer, I want full manual control now.”
 
Why did this resonate with Yorke? It’s about humanity taking back power from machines. He explained “The paranoia I felt at the time was much more related to how people related to each other. But I was using the terminology of technology to express it. Everything I was writing was actually a way of trying to reconnect with other human beings when you’re always in transit. That’s what I had to write about because that’s what was going on, which in itself instilled a kind of loneliness and disconnection.”
 
Indeed “The whole album is really fucking geeky. I was kind of a geek when I was a kid, unashamedly so. Then I’m in this rock band famous for drinking tea and never socialising, where the truth is somewhat different.”
 
Douglas Adams: legend.

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