Radiohead promoter Jon Spira recently made a film about the band’s beginning, titled “Anyone Can Play Guitar.” The movie capture’s the band’s earliest struggles in the music biz, including a painful fight to stay on the charts. Who would have thought that Radiohead, one of the best bands of all time, wouldn’t be where they are today if it weren’t for a small San Fransisco radio station who promoted their music until it reached top of the charts.
The film’s title, “Anyone Can Play Guitar,” comes from the band’s second single release, which debuted in February 1993. The movie also depicts the trials and tribulations of the Oxford music scene over a 30 year period, focusing mainly on Radiohead’s origin.
Here’s the band’s history in brief:
Radiohead was on the rocks with its record label after their debut album brought in poor sales. Their label was even considering dropping them completely. Luckily, a small radio station located in San Fransisco picked up the band’s single, “Creep” and played it frequently enough to become the listener’s song of the year. This marked the end of Radiohead’s short-lived dark stage and began their trek to success.