Long before they became one of the biggest and most enigmatic rock bands in the world, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway, and Ed O’Brien were just an ambitious young group of Abingdon School students. Taking their name from the day they most often rehearsed, Radiohead’s first incarnation was called On a Friday from 1985 until 1991, after signing with EMI. Given that it’s been almost three decades since their mid-’80s formation, we thought now’s a good time to look back at their humble beginnings. Below, find early photos of the lads before they were famous, featured in the documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar (via giventothewild):

Thom Yorke

Jonny Greenwood

Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood

Phil Selway

Cameron Crowe Talks Led Zeppelin Rolling Stone Cover

January 6, 2012

Just in case there was any doubt as to how much the band Stillwater in Almost Famous was inspired by the real-life rockers a teenage Cameron Crowe traveled with in the 1970s as a budding journalist for Rolling Stone, the director sat down with Jonsi — the man behind the score to Crowe’s latest directorial [...]

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Tom Waits, ‘Silent Night’ / ‘Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis’

December 23, 2011

33 Christmases ago, Tom Waits performed for an episode of Austin City Limits, honoring the holiday season with his trademark world-weary troubadour take on “Silent Night” alongside one of his own classics, “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis.” Today, ACL shared this wonderful clip on the eve of Christmas Eve — a perfect time [...]

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Radiohead, ‘Winter Wonderland’

December 23, 2011

Back in December of 2002, Radiohead performed an unusual, partially holiday-themed webcast from their official site called “Inside Out Night,” debuting this year’s The King of Limbs cut “Morning Mr. Magpie” among other impromptu takes and in-studio banter. While this version doesn’t bring the cheer of most holiday tunes, “Winter Wonderland” is morphed into a [...]

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P.J. Harvey – “Will’s Song” (Live On Jools Holland)

August 18, 2011

It doesn’t take six degrees to connect Will Oldham to P.J. Harvey as not only has Bonnie “Prince” Billy collaborated with her ex/former duet partner Nick Cave, but he’s written a song for her as well. Aptly dubbed “Will’s Song,” the stunning tune was famously unveiled on Live with Jools Holland. Watch her bring the [...]

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Video: Trent Reznor Covers Billy Idol

August 18, 2011

We’ve seen the Nine Inch Nails mastermind lead his former band Exotic Birds and play keyboards for Slam Bamboo, but now some more footage from the ’80s has surfaced of a younger, endearingly cheesier Trent Reznor. This time, he not only further proves his prowess in that decade’s pop music, but he takes on one [...]

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Video: Meg White Breaks Down While Jack Sings “White Moon”

August 14, 2011

One of the best and retrospectively important scenes in the White Stripes’ tour film Under Great White Northern Lights is when Meg White cracks under the pressure of the duo’s whirlwind Canadian tour — a jaunt that found the pair visiting every province in the country before later U.S. dates were canceled due to Meg’s [...]

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