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A message from Green Plastic creator Jonathan:

I rarely check site visits and logs so I have no idea if anyone still visits this site. For those of you reading this, you may have noticed I have changed the look. I wish I could say that this was done out of some motivation to get things going again, but truth be told, the WordPress theme I was using no longer worked. So, I switched to the default theme*.

A screenshot from 2000
A screenshot from 2000

This site had a good run from 1997 to around 2012/13 when life got a bit too hectic for me. With the rise of social media and sites like Reddit, who foster communities and fans much better than I ever did, it felt like this site no longer served a purpose. So I stopped updating and it’s been sitting frozen ever since.

Radiohead links
My old links page. Where did everyone go?

I periodically would think about updating, especially when Radiohead would release an album. The OK Computer mini disc hack earlier this year sent me into a spiral of nostalgia. I started this site in the months prior to OK Computer’s release and can still remember the excitement and build up. I even had thoughts of bringing the site back in some new form, but just as before, life got in the way.

Circa 2000 screenshot
Screenshot of an early page with Real Audio (!) downloads. Screen resolutions weren’t very big back then, kids.

So, as we begin a new decade, I wanted to start thinking about a new way of pumping some life back into this dormant place. I’m not interested in trying be a source for the latest Radiohead news. There are plenty of other places for that. But I would like to find some way to honor the history of this site while still being an active member and contributor to the Radiohead community.

If you have any suggestions, I’m open to hearing them. Please feel free to leave them in the comments.

1998
News page from 1998. Yikes.

Thank you to everyone that has ever visited this site.

*In updating the theme to a “modern” one, there are pages that are broken. Please bear with me as I attempt to fix. 

 

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nice to see ya.

one easy idea: it would be nice to have a link to GP on every MT page -- up top, on the bottom near the FB & Twitter links,  both maybe.  make it easy to jump to GP from MT.

i think anyone who knows about GP knows the lyrics page. any time i want to look up lyrics, it has always been there. needs minimal updating but is as steady and reliable as the tides. i think that's a good area to keep tidy. there are of course other lyrics sites, but GP is nicely indexed and dedicated to radiohead. a side wiki of fan interpretations would be nice too but maybe too much work and might need too much oversight.

you could also make a page for users to submit news items. although i suppose that would require a lot of oversight too.

another idea would be to create a page with indexed embedded videos from youtube and vimeo. could start with the albums and post all the videos made for each album -- and then an index of live gigs.  and the webcasts. the reason it would be better than youtube is because youtube always tries to distract you with something else and drag you down the rabbit hole. this would keep people on track and would be easier to navigate and search.

so... 2 easy suggestions and 2 difficult ones.

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