This Is What Radiohead Looked Like In The ’80s

So clean-cut. And so smiley!

(From left) Thom Yorke, Phil Selway, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood. Via

By the time Radiohead released their debut single “Creep” in 1992, they’d already been a band for seven years. This is thought to the earliest photo ever taken of them, and dates to a time when they were all still pupils at Abingdon School, Oxfordshire.

Back then they were called On A Friday, and guitarist Jonny Greenwood hadn’t yet joined - he was in another band, Illiterate Hands, with Thom’s brother Andy. Interesting fact: around this time On A Friday’s line-up for live shows featured three saxophone players, which is kind of hard to imagine now.

The photo was taken in the bedroom of Nigel Powell (another member of Illiterate Hands), where On A Friday made their first recordings. A veteran of the Oxford music scene, these days Powell plays drums for Frank Turner. And Radiohead? Well, they went on to do pretty well too.

This image has been unearthed in a bid to promote Anyone Can Play Guitar, a documentary about Oxford’s music heritage. You can watch the trailer below.

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Luke Lewis is the Executive Editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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