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Edward John O’Brien (born 15 April 1968) is an English guitarist and member of the rock band Radiohead. O’Brien attended Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, England, where he met the other members of Radiohead. O’Brien makes extensive use of effects units to create atmospheric sounds and textures, and provides backing vocals. His first solo album, Earth, was released in 2020, under the name EOB.
In 2010, Rolling Stone named O’Brien the 59th greatest guitarist of all time. Along with the other members of Radiohead, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Well, I was in the studio, literally just before lockdown, this last lockdown, I was in the studio with Paul Epworth, just playing around, having some fun, trying some stuff out. And my solo project is signed with Capitol, and Capitol Records do all of Paul McCartney’s stuff. And they said “would you be interested, no pressure, do whatever you want, if it’s not for you, then no worries”. And so I listened to it and I checked it out. And I thought this is pretty cool. He played all the instruments. It’s this album that he brought up just for Christmas called “McCartney III”. Like “McCartney” and “McCartney II”, he plays all the instruments. He’s… I know I’m speaking the obvious, but he really is an extraordinary musician, to be able to do that. You know, the “McCartney II”, which came out in 1980, I bought it as a kid. “Coming up”, that amazing single… And he plays everything on this stuff. He’s incredible. So I really liked that. And I heard and I thought this is good. This is really good. So I said to Paul Epworth, “would you fancy…”, because I didn’t have much time, we were just about to go into lockdown. So we literally had just over a day, and I asked Paul, “do you fancy getting stuck into this and trying to do something with it?” And he was really up for it. It was great. You know, it was really… It was a moment of light in the darkness of the winter. We had a lot of fun and, you know, we got into his vocals and pulled things up and added some chaos and that guitar… You know, we just wanted to make it a little bit more.. I guess my reference point was Helter Skelter, that kind of ramping up the intensity. And I think that’s what we we’ve done, I hope so.Ed O’Brien – interview for BBC Radio 6 Music, April 7, 2021
Thank you to @paulmccartney for asking me to rework Slidin’ … I was in the studio with @paulepworth when the track came through .. the brief was to do whatever we wanted with the song .. so we got to work…. helter skelter felt like a good reference point .. ramp up the intensity and add a dose of chaos…. Thank you to Paul Epworth and his engineer Riley McIntyre.. and of course thank you to the great man himself Paul McCartney… hope you like it..EOB – from Instagram, April 7, 2021
Last updated on April 13, 2021