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‘In Rainbows’ cover ditched at last minute

Stanley Donwood decided to ditch the artwork for ‘In Rainbows’ just before the album’s download-only release on October 10, he said on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme

Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood, the band’s regular visual collaborator and university friend of Thom Yorke, confirmed he had designed artwork for the new album but the group had decided to hold it back. “There was one [album cover] but because it was an mp3 we decided not to use it,” he told Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. “It was a last minute decision, it was all ready to go but ended up being left on the laptop. What did you miss out on? Well it’s very colourful – I’ve finally embraced colour! It’s a rainbow but it is very toixc, it’s more like the sort of one you’d see in a puddle.”

Meanwhile, Donwood confessed he did not pay for the album, after Radiohead let fans name their own price for the record, Stanley: “I paid no pence for the album. I was just checking the website was working. If you paid nothing the screen flashed up ‘we value your custom, you’re in a queue’, whereas if you paid for it you went straight to the download code, just a bit of irony that no one got as normal.”

Donwood recalled that Thom Yorke actually suffered a nightmare end to his degree course due to an early model computer.
“All of Thom’s stuff for his final degree show was done on computer,” Stanley explained. “One of those early ones with a thin slot for the disk in the front. I remember somebody wiped his final degree show by accident just before it was due in. He had to do it all again in two weeks which he wasn’t pleased about.” Fortunately, Thom Yorke graduated in the end. [transcript: NME]

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  • i would have liked to see what it looked like

  • since they ditched the album cover for the ‘mp3’ release, i’m sure that means we’ll get the album artwork for the regular cd release. also, what about for the discbox?

  • Thom graduated?


  • graduated from oxford no less 😉

  • not oxford, exeter and some art school i can’t remember the name of. funny story though, i’ve definitely had experiences like that 😆

  • very toixc, it’s more like the sort of one you’d see in a puddle.”
    Mud puddle Rainbows for everyone. Sweet!!!

  • Can’t say I’ve ever seen a rainbow in a puddle. . . .

  • Hey, “me”, haven’t you ever seen oil in a puddle of water…?

  • For some reason, I cannot even open! I have tried almost everything in the book. The site works fine at work,om but on both computers in my household, the website simply does not pull up. Any suggestions?

  • up above the streets and houses….

  • I hope they don’t argue (stanley and tom)for this
    And i didn’t pay too.

  • ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ ∞ﻕﯓ”Kind of like those rainbow you see in those puddle’s in parking lots and draining into lake’s and ocean’s. with oil.” love ly drinking w ATer! radiohead = 🙂 [peace love unity respect.]

  • any on hear of all the tens-piracy going on??? any ideas or is it just dumb?? golden ratio??? ok rainbows in computer??? KidA in rainbows??? A Kid in rainbows??? im confused

  • God that happened to me once. I had just completed a four-thousand word essay on Doctor Faustus when the PC crashed before I had saved it. Fucking nightmare

  • you’ll never find what you think you’re looking for. you can’t reach what you want. i have more answers than you. and i understand radiohead more than all you people. seriuslee.
    like totally dude.
    good day mates.

  • We value your custom? Final degree show? Hehe, Brits talk funny. 🙂

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