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OK computer
Radiohead studio album



Label (s) Parlophone / EMI (UK); Capitol (USA)

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Alternative rock , art rock

Title (number)


running time

53 min.



Nigel Godrich

The Bends
OK computer Kid A

OK Computer is the third studio album by the British band Radiohead . The album was released on June 13, 1997 on Parlophone , a sub-label of EMI , and is assigned to the genre Britpop / Alternative . It is considered a milestone in rock and pop music of the 1990s. The album won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album .

On March 24th, 2009 a Collector's Edition came on the market, which contains a second CD with B-sides, live recordings and demo versions as well as a DVD with videos and live recordings.

Track list

  1. Airbag (4:44)
  2. Paranoid Android (6:22)
  3. Subterranean Homesick Alien (4:27)
  4. Exit Music (For A Film) (4:24)
  5. Let Down (4:58)
  6. Karma Police (4:21)
  7. Fitter Happier (1:57)
  8. Electioneering (3:50)
  9. Climbing Up The Walls (4:44)
  10. No Surprises (3:48)
  11. Lucky (4:19)
  12. The Tourist (5:24)

The Collector's Edition also includes a second CD on which the following titles can be found:

  1. Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)
  2. Pearly *
  3. A reminder
  4. Melatonin
  5. Meeting in the aisle
  6. Lull
  7. Climbing Up the Walls (Zero 7 Mix)
  8. Climbing Up the Walls (Fila Brazillia Mix)
  9. Palo Alto
  10. How I Made My Millions
  11. Airbag (Live in Berlin)
  12. Lucky (Live in Florence)
  13. Climbing Up the Walls (BBC Radio One Evening Session 05.28.97)
  14. Exit Music (For a Film) (BBC Radio One Evening Session 05.28.97)
  15. No Surprises (BBC Radio One Evening Session 05.28.97)

Classification of the album

"OK Computer" marks a change in the band's history. After two more classic Britpop albums, the band began to work with electronic effects such as filters and noise . The two following albums Kid A and Amnesiac then consistently developed this approach further.


  • Paranoid Android (1997)
  • Karma Police (1997)
  • No Surprises (1997)
  • Let Down (1997)
  • Lucky (1997)

In a limited edition, the album was also released as a bonus CD along with the single Karma Police.

This bonus CD contains:

  1. Karma Police (4:20)
  2. A Reminder (3:52)
  3. Melatonin (2:08)

Sales figures and awards

Country / Region Award Sales
Awards for music sales
(country / region, Award, Sales)
Argentina (CAPIF) Argentina (CAPIF) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 60,000
Australia (ARIA) Australia (ARIA) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 70,000
Belgium (BEA) Belgium (BEA) Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum (100,000)
Europe (IFPI) Europe (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum 3,000,000
France (SNEP) France (SNEP) Gold record icon.svg 2 × gold (200,000)
Italy (FIMI) Italy (FIMI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum (50,000)
Japan (RIAJ) Japan (RIAJ) Gold record icon.svg gold 100,000
Canada (MC) Canada (MC) Platinum record icon.svg 4 × platinum 400,000
New Zealand (RMNZ) New Zealand (RMNZ) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 15,000
Netherlands (NVPI) Netherlands (NVPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum (100,000)
Norway (IFPI) Norway (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (25,000)
Sweden (IFPI) Sweden (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (40,000)
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (25,000)
Spain (Promusicae) Spain (Promusicae) Gold record icon.svg gold (50,000)
United States (RIAA) United States (RIAA) Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum 2,000,000
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum record icon.svg 5 × platinum (1,500,000)
All in all Gold record icon.svg7 × gold
Platinum record icon.svg21 × platinum

Main article: Radiohead / Music Sales Awards

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.themusicfix.co.uk/content/news/5386/radiohead-special-edition-reissues-24th-march.html