Basic Background Info
Philip James Selway is best known as the drummer for English alternative rock band Radiohead.
Philip Selway was born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. While attending the Abingdon School, teenagers Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed OíBrien, Colin Greenwood, and Phil created the band On a Friday. They played their first gig in late 1986 at Jericho Tavern. Even as he studied History and English at Liverpool John Moores University, Philip Selway and the band continued rehearsing. In 1991, they hit the studio to record demos and performed live in Oxford. After signing a recording contract with EMI later that year, the band changed their name to Radiohead.
Although their debut EP, Drill, received mediocre reception, Radiohead's first single, Creep, garnered serious international attention. After releasing their 1995 sophomore album, The Bends, the band toured with R.E.M. The move brought them critical acclaim and a cadre of fiercely loyal fans. Nonetheless, the band avoided joining the mainstream musical ranks.
Radiohead's artistic direction took a major left turn on their third album, OK Computer. The album incorporated many of the avant-garde, electronic, moody, ambient, and experimental elements which make up the bandís signature sound today. OK Computer received wide mainstream recognition on American charts and was praised by critics around the world.
For their next release, the band agreed to refocus on the role of instruments rather than lyrics. 2000's minimalist Kid A featured electronic beats, strings, and jazz horns. As for drums, Philip Selway first introduced the use of drum machines into Radiohead's sound on Kid A. He would go on to further manipulate the machines on future albums to allow the band to evolve electronically. Kid A was Radiohead's most commercially successful release and earned a Grammy for Best Alternative album and a nomination for Album of the Year.
Radiohead's jazzier 2001 effort, Amnesiac, once more brought electronic manipulation and art rock to the forefront of the bandís repatoire. Hail to the Thief, which was released in 2003, marked a return to mainstream alternative rock sensabilities and was said to be heavily Beatles influenced. Though it topped charts in terms of sales, critics hardly gave it glowing reviews because it was not the genre-redefining work the world had come to expect from Radiohead.
After a brief rest in 2004, Radiohead recorded their seventh album, In Rainbows. In 2007, In Rainbows was released in a manner that turned the record industry on its ear. In a radical departure from typical business models (some might say financial suicide), Radiohead released In Rainbows as a digital download and allowed fans to choose how much they were willing to pay for the album. Their faith in their fans was well placed--not only did the album garner impressive sales revenues, but critics lauded the album. The single, 'Nude,' charted on the Billboard Top 100.
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