Radiohead Accused Of Being Driven By Greed

Radiohead were shot down after speaking against capitalism when it was highlighted that they choose to make more money rather than sell more records.

Radiohead Accused Of Being Driven By Greed
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Radiohead were accused of being motivated by greed when they featured on the "Colbert Report" last night. Colbert made the half-joke during a special episode featuring the band. As you can see in the clip below, Colbert asks the band whether they made more money per record with a major record label rather than self-releasing their music as they do today. Frontman Thom Yorke looked to his bandmates for an answer, asking "what's the official answer to this question?" with fellow guitarist Ed O'Brian adding: "We sell less records but make more money." Colbert replied saying "So people are hearing that you're making more money. That means your motivated by greed and that I can respect." His joke followed a discussion with the band over the fact that the episode was sponsored by Dr Pepper - something Yorke noted hadn't been discussed with them before taking part in the special episode. "It tastes like that stuff you'd get at the dentist which you swill around in your mouth," said Thom. Their anti-capitalist stance came across as hypocritical after revealing their motivation to make more money rather than distribute their music to more people. You can watch a clip of the capitalism clash below (via Gigwise).

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    kerokero
    Shit! Radiohead got put in their place. But I do agree...with the internet as it is, if you still decide to make physical copies of your music, self-release it to those nearest to you and make the immediate profit off that. Everywhere else in the world can settle for youtube/itunes/spotify/whatever form of streaming. A record label is nice and all to handle the hard work, but it's a lot nicer knowing that as a young band, you can profit and get ahead on your own. Such fiscal yet beneficial living is what attracts major labels to you.
    :::===(_o_)
    radioheads not greedy, if they were u could not have bought in rainbows for $0 dollars and they would not have dedicated a song to the last survivor of WWII. whoever wrote this cant figure out jokes very well
    rebreh
    Colbert was not saying they where motivated by greed. You have to remember he is playing an ignorant bafoon on tv. Satire is complicated for some
    Jazzmandtk
    toyboxmonster wrote: fede01_8 wrote: everyone commenting is right and the article is wrong and stupid Now just post this on every UG article and we're set.
    haha
    sickassfoo
    wow are you guys serious? it was just a damn joke. the title made it seem all controversial and shit eventhough it was just a damn joke
    Feverrush
    I really hate when ultimate guitar is retarded. It was not a "half joke" it was a 100% joke, ever seen the colbert report?
    7revor
    "His joke followed a discussion with the band over the fact that the episode was sponsored by Dr Pepper - something Yorke noted hadn't been discussed with them before taking part in the special episode. "It tastes like that stuff you'd get at the dentist which you swill around in your mouth," said Thom." JOKE
    whiskychaser
    KingBobert wrote: This article hasn't accused anyone of anything, it simply reported that this joke was on the Colbert Report. The only ones who have blown anything out of proportion are the UG readers, as per usual. I for one find it fun and amusing when my favourite artists are featured on a tv show, etc.
    But the title? Different story there.
    Ramshackle23
    Hahaha, i agree with the way Radiohead choose to release the music...it makes a lot of sense....and Colbert is a legend....it was a good joke, and even the band laughed at it!!
    nailsarecruel
    7revor wrote: "His joke followed a discussion with the band over the fact that the episode was sponsored by Dr Pepper - something Yorke noted hadn't been discussed with them before taking part in the special episode. "It tastes like that stuff you'd get at the dentist which you swill around in your mouth," said Thom." JOKE
    Or is it? That stuff seriously tastes awful. But seriously, man, have people become that goddamn stupid to get offended over satirical content on a humour based show?
    snaaake
    Whoever wrote this article should probably not be allowed to do so on this site anymore. I don't even listen to Radiohead, but this was pretty dumb.
    sheriff_nein
    make more, yeah, but you have to pay to produce the materials and such. not to mention things like artistic freedom, and many other things... but news shouldnt come from comedians :p
    biff022
    Seriously... what's with the misleading titles UG? This and the recent Grohl quitting Nirvana articles are pretty goddamn idiotic. Journalistic garbage. At least try to be decent.
    beijingbangbang
    Loki_37 wrote: It was a joke. Wow, I'm totally surprised this is even on here. Not sure what's worse, the comments or the article?
    Well put sir, and the worst part is Radiohead fans are appalled by this statement. It was a joke, we use to laugh at these. Granted this article was particularly well misinformed it's no reason to actually debate whether or not this was their purpose and that they are actually motivated by greed. It's called trolling, please people, look it up. Also, just chill people, who gives a hoot, no reason to be butt hurt because someone allegedly accused "the gods" Radiohead greedy.
    Offworld92
    Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know how to respond to Colbert. It was funny though.
    Exxol
    WOW colbert sure owned radiohead... but seriously, if every band listened to what their label wanted, the world would just be full of Nickelback
    JordanDH
    Such a dumb article. Can someone explain this to me: What are the negative consequences of them not being on a label? By the logic of the article's author, it's hypocritical to be against capitalism have a job of any kind. Because that's motivated by a desire for money. I guess the article could have been attempt at satire. But if it was, then frankly, the attempt was piss-poor.
    bassthunder
    Hey UG! I can't read the article because the GODDAMN POP-OUT AD IS IN THE WAY!!! It doesn't help that the close button is stuck behind the video.
    Reagar
    Guys, of course it was a joke on the show. I think that's pretty obvious. But instead of just posting "Uh everyone who doesn't realise it's a joke is an idiot" why not debate what is actually at stake here- are they greedy or not? Might money be a motivation? I don't think so but debate is fun
    soupdragon
    ...this was a joke? Does anyone actually watch Colbert? Typical misleading headline.
    mssrulez
    They're not greedy, just smart. UG calls KISS sellouts, I call 'em informal businessmen. You're all jealous.
    slaveskinJACKET
    This article is stupid. Whoever wrote it was afraid to take admit it, apparently. I don't even like Radiohead, though.
    Whowill2
    But its comedy show, its mostly joking and if you saw the episode and how it was used in context im pretty sure people would get the joke.
    stndrdprcdre
    Are bands really still trying to play the whole anti-capitalist card? Jeez. Grow the **** up.
    CaliforniaKid
    It used to be that a CD sold for like fifteen bucks and the band got maybe a dollar out of it. Record companies had thousands of employees that had to be paid, so essentially the bands making the music supported all these people just for a chance to be heard and distributed and MAYBE make a little money. Now that bands no longer need the parasites that used to feed off of them, they can keep most of the money themselves. If thats greed, so be it.
    explosionate
    I love Radiohead's music, but they came off as highly adolescent. Colbert plays a conservative character which makes his liberal guests look better, but only if they are well spoken. No matter the context, Thom's answer to why he hates corporations was awkwardly shallow. In the end, you shouldn't ever let yourself being influenced by a musician's ancillary activity.
    Daysleeper_05
    This is officially the worst headline I've seen on UG. And that's saying a lot. "Accused of being driven by greed"? What is this, a tabloid? I guess so.
    Jimbo2010
    First off, every band makes money off of music, and usually as much as they can, why not? (I mean without compromising their art which Radiohead don't) Secondly I don't think they anticipated making more money this way, I don't think that's the reason for selling them in such a different way. Lat album was awesome which sort of disproves this point
    Daysleeper_05
    And just because they aren't selling as many records doesn't mean the music isn't being distributed as well. With that self-distribution model, I think more people are likely to torrent it, and I don't think those count as 'records sold'
    bdas1977
    Screw everyone. Radiohead is awesome. Let them be as greedy as they want. They are more creative and make better music than 90% of the crap out there. I could care less about one's motivations. If you are good at something and can make a ton of money, go for it. This is article and quite a few of the comments are just dumb. Be greedy Radiohead, but please continue to make good music. P.S. The last few albums haven't been all that great. Sorry.
    Axewielder5000
    Many of you are very stupid... Colbert was joking. He is always joking. No one should watch Colbert for the interviews anyway. He is more focused on getting laughs than letting his interviewee make their point.
    iup788
    Axewielder5000 wrote: Many of you are very stupid... Colbert was joking. He is always joking. No one should watch Colbert for the interviews anyway. He is more focused on getting laughs than letting his interviewee make their point.
    When Colbert is interviewing politicians he REALLY gets them. He gets them harder than just about any interviewer out there. But when there's a group that's pretty much on the same side he is, like Radiohead is, he can just be friends and get laughs with them.
    pailoong
    In my humble opinion, Radiohead are one of the most over-rated acts of all time. However, that's no excuse for an article that's clearly trying to diss on them with absolutely nothing to back it up. It was an off-beat joke from a comedian and the band played along. Anyone who has ever watched Colbert's show (and Jon Stewart's, for that matter) can see that the whole point of their "interviews" is to put the interviewee in a difficult spot. They are masters of loaded questions.
    Bozjoarmstrong
    That is quite possibly the worst example of interviewing and the worst audience response I have ever seen. This article talks about Radiohead being hypocritical? Have a good long look at yourselves America, sweet Jesus Christ.
    HedlessChickn
    I really don't want to dignify any of this with a response but... This whole article is more absurd than the actual interview they did. Smells Like UG Slippin
    LivinJoke84
    This article is complete and utter bullshit Again It is a poor state of affairs when the forums contain more sense than the articles