Whether or not you like it yourself, the OK Computer artwork has reached iconic status by association alone. This year marks the album’s 20th anniversary, and Radiohead fans all over the world are up in arms about the whole ordeal.
We have the minions of the internet to thank for our latest Radiohead-related discovery; a proposed location of OK Computer’s cover shoot.
Before the album turns 20, internet researchers have knuckled down to successfully find out where Radiohead originally shot their OK Computer artwork.
After consulting with the self-described “roadgeeks” of AARoads.com, reddit user Jordan117 discovered that the photo is of the eastbound junction of I-84 (a.k.a. the Yankee Expressway) with I-91 in Hartford, Connecticut, just before it crosses the Connecticut River.
Based on its vantage point, Jordan117 theorised that the photograph was taken from a nearby Hilton Hotel, where the band stayed following their August 20th, 1996 performance in Hartford, Connecticut.
The photograph was subsequently given to Radiohead’s longtime artist, Stanley Donwood, who transformed it into the artwork we’ve come to know and love. – Consequence of Sound.
See how closely the two match below: