“There is absolutely no evidence to support Hitler Hairdo’s claim that listening to OK Computer for the first time changed the whole way they thought about music,” said Yorke, flanked by the other members of Radiohead, producer Nigel Godrich, and the band’s lawyers. “It’s preposterous to think that, as genre-bending pioneers of post-punk techno-rock, we had anything to do with influencing this at-best average band. Anyone who’s listened closely to their demo CD could tell you that.”
Hitler Hairdo, whose MySpace page cites Radiohead as a “major influence,” has been playing house parties and open-mic nights around the Dayton area for more than a year, but has yet to gain a substantial following. In “Bassist Needed” fliers distributed last month, the band describes itself as “a mix between Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins, but primarily interested in the earlier guitar-driven sounds of Pablo Honey and The Bends.”
Hitler Hairdo plays a song that in no way resembles the pristine melancholia of Radiohead’s music.
“That’s absolute shite,” Yorke said when asked for a response. “The epochal, full-bodied shoegaziness of early Radiohead is completely absent from the sample tracks they put online, and where are the bracing yet approachable guitar patterns?”
“And just look at their stupid band photo,” added Yorke. “Radiohead would never dress like that.”