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Radiohead interview (part one)
Phil Selway
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway
Who better to ask about being in Radiohead than a member of the band.

Step forward drummer PHIL SELWAY who spoke exclusively to BBC Oxford's JEREMY STERN.


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Part Two of the interview

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How did the band start?
We were all at school together. We existed as band for six or seven years before we actually approached a record company.


We were using that time to learn how to write songs, how to arrange and how to play really.

So it was a bedroom band for six years then as is the classic tale for most bands you meet the right people at the right point.

Things then happened quite quickly for us in terms of going from a very obscure bedroom band to being signed to EMI.

That happened over a matter of about four or five months.

Phil Selway at the BBC Oxford offices.
Has it always been important to Radiohead that it remains the five or you?
It's very important. It's a large part of the glue that keeps it all together. That extends to everyone else who works with us.

On the whole everyone who works on our crew and management has been there from the very early days.

So there's that level of trust and understanding between everybody.

Does the band stay in touch with the local Oxford music scene?
The South Park show was a good opportunity to
find out a bit more about what's going on.

Personally I don't get the chance to go out to too many gigs these days, but the Rock Of Travolta were amazing.

They got up in front of all those people at South Park, and by the way they played you'd think they do that every day. The onslaught of their onstage sound was incredible.

And how was the South Park show for you?

It was amazing. It's what you dream of really. Having a show like that in what was my local park at the time was quite something.

Seeing the response from the audience was brilliant. We played Creep as the encore and we hadn't played it for a very long time. Looking out into the audeince and seeing the pandamonium is an image that will stay with me. It was very bizarre but very special.

Click here to read part two of the interview, in which Phil talks about the recording of classic album OK Computer.




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