Radiohead resumed their recording sessions in September 1996 at St Catherine’s Court, a historic mansion near Bath owned by Jane Seymour. They made much use of the different rooms and atmospheres throughout the house; the vocals on "Exit Music (For a Film)" featured an echo effect achieved by recording on a stone staircase, and "Let Down" was recorded at 3 AM in a ballroom. The isolation from the outside world allowed the band to work at a different pace, with more flexible and spontaneous working hours (…)
Yorke explained that the "incredibly dense and terrifying sound" of Bitches Brew by jazz composer Miles Davis was his starting point for the record. He described the sound of Bitches Brew to Q: "It was building something up and watching it fall apart, that’s the beauty of it. It was at the core of what we were trying to do with OK Computer." The band also drew influence from the film soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone and modern classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki (…)
"Airbag", a song which references automobile accidents and reincarnation, was inspired by a magazine article titled "An Airbag Saved My Life" and The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Yorke wrote "Airbag" about "the idea that whenever you go out on the road you could be killed." (…)
(…) William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, particularly the 1968 film adaptation, inspired the lyrics for "Exit Music (For a Film)". Jonny Greenwood said that "Let Down", which includes lyrics evoking crushed insects, is "about that feeling that you get when you’re in transit but you’re not in control of it — you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you’re completely removed from it." (…)
"Climbing Up the Walls" was inspired by Yorke’s brief job as an orderly in a mental hospital before Radiohead’s success, as well as by a New York Times article about serial killers, and Yorke said that the song is "about the monster in the closet". (…) "Lucky" depicts a man who survives an airplane crash in a lake and becomes a "superhero" (…)
(…) Other titles the band considered for the album were Ones and Zeroes, a reference to the binary numeral system, and Your Home May Be At Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments.
(…) Parlophone undertook an unorthodox advertising campaign for the album, taking out full-page advertisements in high-profile British newspapers and tube stations. The advertisements featured the lyrics for "Fitter Happier" written in large black letters on a white background. In America, Capitol sent 1000 cassette players to select members of the press and music industry with a cassette copy of the album permanently bonded inside. Capitol president Gary Gersh, when asked about the campaign after the album’s release, said "We won’t let up until they are the biggest band in the world".
impressionante como todo disco bonito tem uma história ainda mais bonita por trás, não?