Radiohead’s enigmatic frontman Thom Yorke learned about Billie Eilish from his daughter.
Thom Yorke released his latest solo album ANIMA a few weeks back. The Times featured him in what I’m sure is an enlightening, thought-provoking piece. But it sits behind a paywall. So here are some of the best bits.
When asked about his favorite recent musical discoveries, Thom starts on about taking daughter to a Billie Eilish show:
“‘We sat down and what’s-his-name — the guy who did the Bond film we didn’t do?’ That would be Sam Smith, who sang the theme for Spectre when a Radiohead song was rejected. ‘That’s it. He stands behind us, and I’m sitting with my daughter, her friends and my girlfriend, when suddenly everyone goes, ‘Saaam!’’ Yorke squeals his name. ‘I’m, like, ‘Aaaargh!’’ Still, he liked the gig? ‘Yes. I like Billie Eilish. She’s doing her own thing. Nobody’s telling her what to do.’”
What’s Thom’s discovery process? Does he find streaming service recommendation algorithms particularly useful?
“No. If you like this, you’ll like this, and then it gives me… MUSE.”
HAHAHAHAHA! Funny because, early on in Muse’s career, fans and detractors alike often compared them to Radiohead.
Mental health-wise, Thom has often been pretty up front about suffering from anxiety. Consequence Of Sound dug up his anti-anxiety activities of choice:
“Generally, really simple things,” he explains. “Running helps, and yoga is essential to me. Swimming. Physical stuff is really important. And reading a book!” He also “devours” music, noting, “It’s an essential part of me. I have to find new things to listen to all the time.”