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Sunday, 10 June, 2001, 18:27 GMT 19:27 UK
Radiohead album topples Shaggy
Thom Yorke
The new album is more like Kid A than OK Computer
Radiohead's latest album Amnesiac has gone straight into the number one spot in the UK charts.

The album, which was showcased in an hour-long set on BBC2 on Saturday night, knocked Shaggy's Hot Spot down to number two.

The Oxford band, fronted by Thom Yorke, won critical acclaim with their last album Kid A, becoming the first UK band to top the US charts since 1997.

Both Amnesiac and Kid A see the group explore an experimental direction away from the guitar-driven sounds of OK Computer and The Bends.

The other highest new entry in the album chart was Anthology - Through the Years by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at number 14.

'Private party'

Radiohead played at what frontman Thom Yorke dubbed "our own private party" on BBC Two's Later with Jools Holland.

As well as material from Amnesiac which was released on 4 June, Radiohead also treated the crowd to some classic older tracks.

The band gripped the crowd with old favourites including Street Spirit, Paranoid Android and Exit Music.

Radiohead
The band mixed old favourites with more experimental new tracks
But they also captivated the studio audience with newer tracks such as Idioteque and I Might be Wrong, both driven by heavy bass lines and electronic beats.

A jazz trio including legendary trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton joined Radiohead on stage to assist with the first live performance of Amnesiac's final track - the experimental Life in a Glasshouse.

The band had called on Lyttleton to help out during the recording of the album when they were "a bit stuck".

People who were at the BBC show were treated to extra tracks before and after the broadcast, including Pyramid Song - the first release from Amnesiac, and the band's first single in three years.

BBC Radio 1 features material from the concert on Lamacq Live on 11 June at 2000 BST.

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