The Radiohead frontman made the admission while appearing on Desert Island Discs.
Thom Yorke has been forced to publicly defend Radiohead’s decision to perform in Israel after director Ken Loach tweeted that the band need to decide if they “stand with the oppressed or the oppressor”. Pressure has been building for Radiohead to cancel their planned concert in Tel Aviv on July 19 and The ‘I, Daniel Blake’ filmmaker is one of 47 celebrities who signed a petition in the hope the rockers would pull out, insisting the country has implemented “a system of apartheid” on the Palestine people. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and directors Peter Kosminsky and actresses Maxine Peake and Juliet Stephenson and many more have signed a letter that urges the band to take “one small step” and “stand up” for Palestinians.
Dr Rachel Owen, the former partner of Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 48.
Exciting news, Little Monsters: Lady Gaga has dropped a rather sizable hint that she will be taking to the Pyramid Stage for Glastonbury 2017.
This year’s Glastonbury festival may have only just come to an end, but bookmakers are already predicting the next line-up.
Radiohead’s long-term creative partner Nigel Godrich says making their new album A Moon Shaped Pool was “an intense experience” – as his father died during its making.
The surprise track is accompanied by a claymation video directed by Chris Hopewell which was “conceived, designed, built and animated in 14 days”. Hopewell wrote on Instagram: ‘So I guess we just made a Radiohead video! It’s for their new track Burn The Witch. Over the weekend Radiohead erased its online presence, deleting Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts before putting out the song.
Radiohead have got people talking after ‘erasing themselves from the internet’. The band have thrown themselves into a radio silence, with their Twitter and Facebook pages containing no posts and their website appearing as just a blank page. Fans who have previously purchased things from Radiohead have also recently received cryptic flyers from the band, which have the words “‘Sing the song of sixpence that goes ‘Burn the witch’” printed on them.
Radiohead’s B-side tracks have been taken off of numerous music streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, following the band’s move to XL Records. Tracks including Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong, The Trickstar and Palo Alto have been removed from Spotify and Apple Music during the group’s transfer from their previous record label Parlophone to XL Records. XL Records will make the albums of Thom Yorke and Co, above, and below in their heyday, available for fans in their “original form” before adding other tracks.
Lyrics to a Radiohead song on the album OK Computer may have been inspired by the writer William Blake. A copy of a Blake paperback handed into an Oxfam charity shop by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke contained notes added by the singer. Yorke had written lyrics for the Radiohead song Airbag in the margin of his tattered copy of Blake’s poetry collection, Songs of Innocence and Experience.