By the summer of 1991, Thom Yorke was more serious than ever about his future as a rock star. Having finished his degree and disbanded Headless Chickens, he returned to Oxford and On A Friday. Fortunately, the others were on the same wavelength. As if to underline this, the band – with the exception of Jonny Greenwood – moved into a semi-detached house near the town centre together.
It was a typical student-style set-up. The financially strapped Yorke slept on the living-room floor. Selway complained that the others stole his honey. Rotten pork pies were extricated from the back of the sofa. But it was here that the group explored their common musical ground: Pixies, Magazine and especially R.E.M. (who for a time they argued they sounded too much like).