An allegedly lost Radiohead track, which blanketed music websites over the holidays, turns out not to be by Radiohead at all but is actually a demo recording by Christopher Stopa, who co-owns a popular bakery in Toronto’s west side.
The musician, who lived for a spell in New York, where he recorded the demo in 2001, has suddenly received wide, completely unexpected notoriety due to the Radiohead mix-up.
Apparently, Stopa says, a mention of the demo somehow surfaced on an Internet chat room, possibly in connection with someone who worked for EMI, which Stopa had had contact with, and someone eventually posted the demo on YouTube.
Stopa found out about the so-called lost Radiohead song on the web, but instead of that band’s frontman Thom Yorke, he heard his own voice singing his own song, Sit Still.
The Internet has now become abuzz with news of the Toronto man mistaken for Radiohead. Stopa says he’s not sure how to take the notoriety.
Before the hoopla, he had already moved some of his recording gear into the basement of the bakery, with the idea of recording some of his best old material on acoustic guitar for a self-made CD to sell in Bakerbots Baking, which he runs with his wife.
“I didn’t have any plan other than that. There have been a lot of really nice things said about Sit Still,” he says. “It does make me want to work on those songs a little bit.”