It's hard to imagine Thom Yorke pre-Radiohead, but rockstars are made, not born. Long before Yorke was challenging the limitations of guitar rock to create something as experiential as it is beloved, he met Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, and Colin and Jonny Greenwood at the Abingdon School, and the musical teens soon formed On a Friday, a band named for the only day they could practice together.
A few grades and a gap year later, Yorke headed to the University of Exeter, where he spent his free time working with music of all kinds. He was in a classical ensemble, worked as a DJ, and, most importantly, tested out what would later become Radiohead songs with a band called the Headless Chickens. In 1991, Yorke reunited with his Friday friends, and they started playing Headless Chickens songs under the name Radiohead. Seems like a missed opportunity for a supergroup called the Radioheadless Chickens if you ask us.