Radiohead's Amnesiac Fills In Kid A Picture

Band's upcoming disc, due in June, balances straight-up, experimental tunes.

Radiohead could just as well call their next album Kid Z.

Amnesiac, recorded the same time as last year's Kid A, finishes what its predecessor started.

"For us, it's actually just giving a complete picture of what we did those two years," drummer Phil Selway said backstage at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. "It was quite an eclectic time for us anyway, so it's just giving the full picture."

Bassist Colin Greenwood said the upcoming disc, which is expected in June, balances more straight-up Radiohead tunes with the experimental spirit of Kid A.

"It's about 50-50," he said. "It's got more traditional Radiohead-type songs together with more experimental, non-lyrical based instrumental-type stuff as well, and it works as a record in its entirety, which is what we care about. We didn't want to do a double album, with stuff from today as well, because it would have been sort of the boring prog-double album."

The atmospheric Kid A debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in October, despite the band not releasing singles or videos to support it. Singer Thom Yorke recently wrote in a posting on Radiohead's official Web site (www.radiohead.com) that for Amnesiac, the group will "definitely [be] having singles, videos, glossy magazine celebrity photo shoots, children's television appearances, film premiere appearances, dance routines, and many interesting interviews about my tortured existence."

Kid A won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album but lost Album of the Year to Steely Dan's Two Against Nature.

"I don't think that it would be fair to say that we understand the full cultural significance [of the Grammys] — we're Brits," guitarist Ed O'Brien said. "But, you know, four years ago we didn't want to come to this, but it's good to see these things. We're in a very fortunate situation ... and sometimes it's nice to have a bit of a party."