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date: 09 May 2021


  • Christopher Doll


British rock band. Formed in the mid-1980s, it comprises Thom(as) Edward Yorke (b Wellingborough, UK, 7 Oct 1968; guitar, keyboard, lead vocals), Ed(ward John) O’Brien (b Oxford, UK, 15 April 1968; guitar, backing vocals), Colin (Charles) Greenwood (b Oxford, UK, 26 June 1969; bass guitar), Phil(ip James) Selway (b Hemingford Grey, UK, 23 May 1967; drums), and Jonny [Jonathan Richard Guy] Greenwood (b Oxford, UK, 5 Nov 1971; various instruments). Schoolmates at the Abingdon School near Oxford, the quintet went by the name On a Friday before making their major-label debut with EMI in 1992, at which point they renamed themselves after a Talking Heads song. Commercial success in America came first with the grunge-styled single “Creep” in 1993. On the heels of this hit, “My Iron Lung” was penned; its lyrics suggested a reluctance to occupy the international spotlight—a theme that would become even more prominent following the critical acclaim bestowed on their next two studio albums, ...

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