Bootleggers holding rare Radiohead ‘OK Computer’ material for $150,000 ransom

The rare material is from the reissue of the 1997 album Ok Computer.

Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer is often cited as one of the best albums of all time. The global fascination with the album captivated audiences in the late ’90s and gave Radiohead the popularity it still holds today. In 2017, Radiohead reissued the album and shared rare tracks and a cassette of demos and session tracks titled OKNOTOK. Now, it appears that the music recorded in the reissue sessions has fallen into the hands of bootleggers and traders who are asking $150,000 for the extremely rare music.

A post shared to the Radiohead subreddit by user santicol revealed that the music had gotten into the hands of the traders. The post also included a 12-minute version of the Radiohead classic “Paranoid Android”.

“About a week ago, someone came into contact with a well-known leaker on leak.this and also on Discord who was claiming to have 18 hours worth of minidv tracks that (mainly) Thom archived while the band was recording OK Computer,” the post reads. “According to the leaker, they took tracks from this for the OKNOTOK cassette. According to them, they got the whole 18 hours of material by trading some other rare/unreleased material for it.”

The user revealed that the leaker had provided previews, and had a legitimate history of leaking other rare tracks. You can check out the post in full below.

Entire OK Computer Sessions Have Potentially Been Stolen – Need Help Alerting The Band from r/radiohead

At this time, it’s unclear if the leakers have been contacted by Radiohead or if they are still seeking the $150,000 ransom for the release of the material.