W.A.S.T.E. (Ã noter, les points qui sÃ©parent chaque lettre ) est lâ€™abrÃ©viation de « WE AWAIT SILENT TRISTEROâ€™S EMPIRE. », une phrase que lâ€™on trouve dans un roman de Thomas Pynchon, « The Crying Of Lot 49 ». Thom Yorke est un Ã©norme fan des romans de Thomas Pynchon ! Il sâ€™agit plus prÃ©cisÃ©ment dâ€™une sociÃ©tÃ© qui sâ€™occupe de vendre les produits dÃ©rivÃ©s portant le nom du groupe, Ã la sortie des concerts, mais surtout sur le site officielÂ dont l’adresse a longtemps Ã©tÃ© http://www.waste.uk.com ; http://store.wasteheadquarters.com/ depuis 2014.
Voici comment MÃ©lanie, une des personnes qui sâ€™occupe des relations publiques entre le groupe, W.A.S.T.E. et les fans, dÃ©crivait la sociÃ©tÃ© (Ã ses dÃ©buts) :
Â « w.a.s.t.e was started by the band many moons ago when they used the name for the w.a.s.t.e letters they would send fans to let them know what they were doing. The name came from the book â€™The Crying of Lot 49â€™. From a work point of view we just knew of each other when the time came for w.a.s.t.e to be looked after on a more full time basis. There was no conscious decision for it to be so and everything that has happened just did (I donâ€™t mean to be vague but it is exactly how it happened). w.a.s.t.e belongs to Radiohead and we do what is needed by the band to fulfil what they want for their fans. Everything is decided by all five band members but we just help by exploring the avenues for w.a.s.t.e to evolve. The outcome is always a band decision. Stanley is also an integral part of those changes and someone we work with very closely. In a nutshellÂ ! Thatâ€™s ItÂ ! ».
W.A.S.T.E. a privilÃ©giÃ© de 1992 Ã 1998 la formule de newsletters envoyÃ©es par courrier aux membres enregistrÃ©s. 16 lettres de diffusionont ainsi Ã©tÃ© crÃ©Ã©es
L’adresse de l’Ã©poque :
P.O. Box 322
Oxford OX4 1EY
Par la suite, il a Ã©tÃ© dÃ©cidÃ© pour des raisons pratiques de ne plus envoyer que des mails. On s’enregistrait Ã cette adresse :Â http://www.waste.uk.com/JoinWaste/JoinNow.html (ne fonctionne plus). En octobre 1999, donc, le premier email est envoyÃ© aux membres inscrits, suivi d’un second envoyÃ© par Colin pour annoncer la crÃ©ation du store online Waste :
« You may have already seen it, but weâ€™re very happy to announce the birth of http://www.radiohead.com , thanks to much work by many kind folk, especially Mel at W.A.S.T.E and Stanley Donwood. Weâ€™re excited about it, because itâ€™s our site, and weâ€™re all going to contribute to it. To get to us, click on â€œusâ€, and choose a spinning bear. Jonnyâ€™s been taking photos at rehearsals, and Edâ€™s been putting his words to the pictures in his new-songs diary.Thomâ€™s worked with Stanley on drawings and text â€“ some borrowed, the rest an open work-book as he puts lyrics together. Philâ€™s been writing about local issues which concern him and us all, and Iâ€™ve been putting up my fave reads and listens, as we all work towards our new record. Weâ€™ll change our contributions regularly, so you can see a part of what goes on, and where our heads are at, as we put the music together with Mr. Nigel Godrich. Weâ€™ve also opened our own store, called w.a.s.t.e on-line, which you can access through http://www.radiohead.com . There you can buy some lovely clothes, with designs by Stanley and Thom. You can also join our information service by clicking on â€œjoin waste â€œ at the front of the store. This will be another way to give you news, as well as keeping in touch with you â€“ and youâ€™ll be able to change and maintain your own information, who you are and where you come from, as you see fit. Weâ€™re doing this because we want to try and use this amazing communication thingie to natter directly to you and not via any corporate third party bollocks with spinning car adsâ€¦.so weâ€™ve also just started a Bulletin Board, which you can access through http://www.radiohead.com – click on â€˜ waiting roomâ€˜. Iâ€™ve dipped a toe into its churning waters, and loved being able to talk to someone miles away > about, er, when weâ€™re finally going to get a record outâ€¦. Anyway, our siteâ€™s still going to be protean and mushy, because we donâ€™t believe in straight lines, let alone straight links, and I hope youâ€™ll be patient as we learn to â€œup â€“ load â€œ our obsessions onto you via this net. »
A noter que les gens de W.A.S.T.E. sont toujours adorables et disponibles pour aider au besoin… Nâ€™hÃ©sitez donc pas Ã leur Ã©crire.