Take Note: Thom Yorke’s tangled web

Stuart McHugh

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So, this internet thing I’ve been hearing about.

Seems like a nifty way of keeping in touch with your auntie in Australia, but sometimes more trouble than it’s worth.

Ask Radiohead. Singer Thom Yorke has always had an uneasy relationship with the music industry, or as he calls it, a “decaying business model”.

Indeed, they released their album “In Rainbows” on a “pay what you think it’s worth” basis (insert your own sarcasm here).

And just recently they took their own advice – ‘How To Disappear Completely’ – erasing their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Could it be a cryptic message a la ‘Paul Is Dead’?

Was Colin Greenwood wearing any shoes?

Did anyone spot Noel Gallagher, on a grassy knoll with a candlestick?

Sadly, no.

Only a day later the band, back in love with technology again, had released a video from what turned out to be their new album.

There was some music as well, and though it went in one ear and out the other, I recall that it sounded a lot like Radiohead.

But disappearing nowadays must be tricky, inspiring yearning for those halcyon days when Reggie Perrin, Lord Lucan, and Shed 7 were able to disappear without trace.