Page 45

mainstream view. I think everybody who’s been

new rehearsal facilities were soon found. A

at Abingdon has come away with the impression

nearby church hall looked like it would suit the

that no matter what their skills are, they’re al-

purpose, and after the vicar had been assured

ways there to be supported by the school.”

that these youngsters were a serious jazz band,

Given that Abingdon School, despite its con-

On A Friday were permitted to use the space.

servatism, offered plenty of opportunities for

(It’s uncertain whether the vicar ever realized

artistically inclined students to express them-

the extent to which he had been duped by Yorke

selves, and that the talents of the five future

and Co., but the group’s inclusion of three sax-

members of Radiohead seem to have been appre-

ophonists must have furthered the deception.)

ciated there to at least some degree, it may strike

By now, it was becoming clear that Thom,

some observers as odd that in most of their later

Colin, Ed, Phil and Jonny had found something

interviews, the band have spoken about their

special in each other, something that they all

Abingdon days dismissively, sometimes even

wanted to contribute to and help develop. In

disparagingly. Yet there’s an easy explanation

Jonny’s words, “I knew Thom was writing great

for this pronounced lack of fond reminiscence:

songs and I knew what I wanted to do.” Yet On

Abingdon’s beloved Headmaster Parker had a low

A Friday was fast approaching the crucial time

tolerance for rock bands. In fact, he took it upon

that all bands of high school friends eventually

himself to ban electrically powered music from

reach, the time when high school ends and future

the school premises after another student band,

directions are charted. Passing up college in fa-

one of TNT’s punk descendants, had become a

vour of pursuing a career as a rock band simply

bit too raucous at a function. All of a sudden, On

wasn’t an option for any of these five teenagers;

A Friday needed a new place to play.

they were all too talented academically and be-

If Thom hadn’t cared for Headmaster Parker

sides, their families wouldn’t have allowed it.

before, this new affront added fuel to his fury:

(None of the Radiohead parents were incredibly

“It was when he banned music that I really knew

supportive of the band in the early days, except

I hated him... I still hate him, and if I see or hear

for Ed O’Brien’s father, whose interest in pop

of him I get this deep sinking feeling.” Though

music reportedly borders on the maniacal: “His

Thom’s anger may have been slow to subside,

dad will come in waving the music papers and 43

Exit Music Radiohead_Story  

The reedition of Mac Randall's take on Radiohead's unnoficial biography, revised with all-new photography on the band's shows. A part of the...

Exit Music Radiohead_Story  

The reedition of Mac Randall's take on Radiohead's unnoficial biography, revised with all-new photography on the band's shows. A part of the...

Advertisement