Carol Baxter, qui travailla pour EMI, était chargée de faire la promotion à l’étranger des bons groupes anglais que la maison de disque signait. Elle est désormais en freelance.
Les inrocks résumé bien son rôle :
[quote cite=”Les Inrocks” cite=”Computer World, 25/02/1998″]Carol Baxter, qui supervise au sein de Parlophone la maison de disques anglaise de Radiohead les filiales du monde entier, est considérée comme l’un des personnages clés de ce succès.[/quote]
Elle est apparue dans l’univers du groupe dès les 1993, et a vu tout de suite le potentiel des 5 Oxoniens, ce qui n’était pas vraiment le cas chez EMI…
[quote cite=”The New Yorker” cite=”20 août 2001″]I was getting ready to quit EMI when these lads appeared,” Carol Baxter, Radiohead’s international record-company representative, recalled. “Bunch of disturbed consumptives, I thought. But they were ambitious and smart. At first, I had to hide my Radiohead paperwork behind the Tina Turner and Queensrÿche files, because my boss thought I was wasting my time. Then the call came in, from Israel, actually, saying that the band had a hit.[/quote]
Il faut dire que la première rencontre entre Carol Baxter et les membres de Radiohead n’est pas fameuse… Elle a l’impression d’être face à des junkies :
[quote cite=”Mojo” cite=”septembre 2007″]Cue Carol Baxter, of EMI’s international office, the department responsible for ensuring that EMI’s overseas branches release and promote British signings. “I know nothing about instruments or drum riffs, or what have you, but this funny little band came on and they obviously had something. This was a hideous record company do but Thom gave it everything”. Baxter, tired of the ‘priority acts’ of the ’80s had been considering leaving the job. “I sat there thinking, I’m not going to leave: I want Radiohead on my roster! I bumped into Colin and Thom in the corridor after their performance and I thought they were junkies. Bloody druggies sitting there in the corridor looking so pale. I asked Thom if he was all right. He said he was. So I asked if they wanted a drink and all they wanted was a glass of Coca-Cola. I bought that for them and we got talking, and I found out they were from Abingdon which is where I’m from”. Baxter began introducing the world to the charms of Radiohead.[/quote]