2013: Radiohead Calls Spotify a ‘Last Fart of a Dying Corpse’. 2016: Radiohead Uploads Entire Catalog to Spotify

Radiohead Finally Releases Entire Catalog on Spotify
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Radiohead Finally Releases Entire Catalog on Spotify
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The dying corpse called Spotify came back to life, and is now gas-free, Radiohead.

Back in 2013, Radiohead lead Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich pulled their music from Spotify. Yorke wasn’t happy with how Spotify treated artists. Take a look.

“You cut all of it out, it’s just that and that. And then all these [expletive] get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don’t need you to do it. No artists needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so [expletive]. But because they’re using old music, because they’re using the majors… the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That’s why to me, Spotify the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it’s about the future of all music. It’s about whether we believe there’s a future in music, same with the film industry, same with books.

To me this isn’t the mainstream, this is is [sic] like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.

What happens next is the important part.”’

Yorke had a change of mind. After releasing A Moon Shaped Pool on every other streaming service but Spotify on May 8, the group finally relented and released the album on Spotify about a month late. Did this signal Radiohead’s willingness to finally work with the music streaming giant?

Apparently so. The group has slowly released their catalog on Spotify after purchasing their back catalog from Warner through XL Recordings. Slowly but surely, Radiohead added their back albums to the Swedish streaming service. Consequence of Sound is reporting that the entire Radiohead catalog is finally available on Spotify, including The King of Limbs b-sides Supercollider and The Butcher. CoS published the full list of Radiohead releases on the service.

A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
“Spectre” (2015)
“The Daily Mail” / “Staircase” (2011)
TKOL RMX 1234567 (2011)
The King of Limbs (2011)
“These Are My Twisted Words” (2009)
“Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” (2009)
In Rainbows (2007)
In Rainbows Disc 2 (2007)
COM LAG (2plus2isfive) (2004)
Hail to Thief (2003)
Amnesiac (2001)
I Might Be Wrong (2001)
“Knives Out” (2001)
“Pyramid Song” (2001)
Kid A (2000)
“No Surprise” (1998)
“Karma Police” (1997)
“Paranoid Android” (1997)
OK Computer (1997)
“Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (1996)
“Just” (1995)
“High & Dry” / “Planet Telex” (1995)
“Fake Plastic Trees” (1995)
The Bends (1995)
“My Iron Lung” (1994)
“Anyone Can Play Guitar” (1993)
Pablo Honey (1993)
“Creep” (1992)

However, Yorke’s solo catalog is nowhere to be found. Old grudges do tend to die hard.

4 Responses

  1. Remi Swierczek

    UMG music suicide with all on board on cruise control to sub and ad $25B SWAMP!

    No ideas, no action, consuming old goodwill and KILLING $200B of music business obvious to an idiot! Thank you Sir Lucian and Grandpa Doug.

    Music can and has to become MERCHANDISE AGAIN.

      • Remi Swierczek

        Talking to me?
        …read between the lines or go and vote for Hillary again!

  2. Anonymous

    Radiohead’s catalog has been on Spotify for years. I think it’s only Thom Yorke’s solo stuff and Atoms for Peace that they’ve been excluding from Spotify. From what I can tell, that music is still not available on Spotify. I don’t think anything has actually changed.