Thom Yorke pays tribute to “huge influence” Scott Walker. One such fan was Thom Yorke. I do things my own way and I have to accept that, it's my instinct. “They were off on their own planet.”, The producer became one of the main reasons the band began experimenting with electronic sounds on their seminal record OK Computer, despite Apxe Twin once calling the band “really, really cheesy.”. Over the years, Thom Yorke has granted us both, giving us a peek into the psyche of one of modern rock's most celebrated and enigmatic figures. YORKE: [laughs] Yeah, well, that’s too weird to believe. "When I mix," Yorke explained to French magazine Les Inrocks, "I tie together bits that sound like they're from the same universe, that have a similar sound, then I add a bit of Afrobeat and it generally works perfectly, it gives life to the entire room." In the days following In Rainbows, Yorke became enamored with both Wyatt's 2007 album Comicopera and his theories about pop music, even lengthily quoting the experimental jazz-folk avant-gardist and ex-Soft Machine member on Radiohead's Dead Air Space site. For his new solo album ANIMA, Thom Yorke has enlisted his regular collaborators for a creative campaign that puts dreams and dystopian societies at the forefront – led by a ballet-infused “one-reeler” by Paul Thomas Anderson. ‘The One I Love’: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on the Mystery and Influence of R.E.M. ", Douglas Adams' cult sci-fi novel provided Yorke with one of OK Computer's most famous lyrical creations: the book's Marvin the Paranoid Android (seen above in the 1981 BBC mini-series adaptation) was the basis for "Paranoid Android." Thom Yorke and Scott Walker. But, in truth, Yorke has never shied away from sharing those bands and artists that have influenced him most and, while they’re not quite the boogying types, the artists mentioned below are certainly worthy of some extra attention, if only for the fact that, all put together, they provide a small summation of Yorke’s most intricate qualities. and recent tracks like "These Are My Twisted Words," The Eraser's "The Clock" and The King of Limbs' "Morning Mr Magpie" exude Krautrock's propulsive beat. No longer just a casual fan listening to Autechre on the tour bus, Yorke was now spinning Burial and Madvillain records during late-night DJ sets at Los Angeles' Low End Theory, with FlyLo alongside as his MC. Yorke's 2009 solo cut "Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses" does a passable job of copping Flea's fluid style, but Atoms for Peace's "Judge, Jury and Executioner," recorded with the RHCP bassist, is the real deal. Edward Norton and Thom Yorke: 'The last thing we wanted was for it to get bloody' Xan Brooks ‘I was offered Fight Club, but I’d just come off tour and couldn’t mentally tie my own shoelaces Additionally, Yorke admitted in a BBC6 interview that he couldn't make it past the first song on Comicopera — and meant it as praise. Francis Black’s band have often bee seen as one of the more influential bands form the alt-rock scene of early ’90s America and Yorke once admitted to the band’s seminal album Doolittle as being a record that “changed my life.”. By the time Björk released her 1997 album Homegenic her position as a pop agitator was confirmed and Yorke was a devoted audience member. By Megan Williams 27/06/2019 10:14 am. Positively Charged: Thom Yorke's 20 Biggest Influences By Daniel Kreps. While the latter has definitely taken inspiration from Davis’ classic Bitches Brew with the song ‘Subterranean Homesick Alien’ undoubtedly shaped in a similar manner, the former album, Amok took notes from the jazz hero too, but in a more physical way. As a 16-year-old he sent some home recordings into the BBC in the hopes of gaining some attention for his tracks. Thomas Edward Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician and the main vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Radiohead. Yorke's discovery of his fellow countryman's work is often cited as the catalyst for Radiohead's post-OK Computer experimentation. It's beautiful and it's an amazing song. Thom Yorke’s biggest musical influences: Neil Young . "It's that thing of creating interaction between people and then editing that whole thing to create dynamics," Godrich told Rolling Stone. A map of Thom Yorke's mind must make room for masters of electronic music and barroom balladeers, sci-fi doomsayers and tragic teens, ancient wisdom and modern jazz. Yorke explained his infatuation thusly: "I remember this Tom Waits quote from years ago, that what keeps him going as a songwriter is his complete ignorance of the instruments he's using. It s also Michael Stipe’s favourite R.E.M. "Aphex [Twin] opened up another world that didn't involve my fucking electric guitar, and I was just so jealous of that whole crew," Yorke recently told Dazed and Confused. It’s very difficult to not draw a line between David Bowie and much of the British music that followed him. I was totally in love with Juliet in that movie [played by Olivia Hussey]," Yorke told Q. The ‘Harvest Moon’ singer has long been held in high esteem by America’s alt-rock explosion but Yorke too thought of Young as one of the finest songwriters ever, even if he did arrive at the singer a little late in life. Thom Yorke AP The UK government and the European Union are locked in a war of denials over the end to free movement across the continent for performers and crew. "They were off on their own planet.". However, Davis’ name is included in our list for his connection to Yorke’s album Amok and Radiohead’s record OK Computer. "), If much of Kid A and Amnesiac were the result of Radiohead gorging on cerebral electronic music, plenty of the material also bore a strong jazz touch, from the brass section on "The National Anthem" to the modal "Dollars and Cents." Another name that we would expect to see littered across the lists of most influential musicians, jazz musician Miles Davis should rightly be revered for his uncompromising attitude and refusal to conform. In a journal Yorke kept while opening on the Monster tour, he wrote: "Listening to Finest Worksong makes me feel like im ten feet tall and can crush anything in my path. Want to know what makes Thom's music go? There are certainly flecks of Pixies in ‘Creep’ and ‘My Iron Lung’ while later cuts like ‘Bodysnatchers’ also offer a taste of the US band. That novel's influence also earned a a subtle nod in the artwork for the deluxe edition of Amnesiac. “It’s that thing of creating interaction between people and then editing that whole thing to create dynamics,” co-producer Nigel Godrich told Rolling Stone. Two decades ago, he looked into the future and it weirded him out. ". "It's the most extraordinary thing I've ever read," Yorke said about the book in an interview with the Shambhala Sun. Sometimes it can turn your hero into a bit of a zero, especially if their own choice of inspiration isn’t quite what you’d hoped it would be. “They said, ‘This guy sounds like Neil Young,’” Yorke told the BBC in 2008. "I felt that certain bass lines on The Eraser [Yorke's 2006 solo album] needed him to be able to exist onstage," Yorke said. Thom Yorke is the lead vocalist and main songwriter of Radiohead, one of the most critically well-received alternative rock bands of the past 30+ years. Just as The Beatles came to embody the ’60s, Thom Yorke is the rock star who most clearly reflects our times. I remember sitting on a climbing frame in a local play park, and I had just seen the video for ‘Ashes to Ashes’ by David Bowie. The grizzled troubadour's famed rasp and inebriated cadences were aped by Yorke on the Hail to the Thief closer "Wolf at the Door," and the bluesy, funereal feel of Amnesiac's "Life in a Glasshouse" is similar to Waits' boozy barroom sound on his classic '70s albums like Closing Time and Small Change. "He's one of my main vocal influences, more so than Thom Yorke is." Yorke admitted to Mojo magazine that "Pyramid Song" takes its structure from Mingus' "Freedom.". Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in 1985.The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments) and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals) and Philip Selway (drums, percussion). The enigmatic Icelandic singer Björk has often been lauded as one of the most pivotal musicians in modern music. The ‘Harvest Moon’ singer has long been held in high esteem by America’s alt-rock explosion but Yorke too thought of Young as one of the finest songwriters ever, even if he did arrive at the singer a little late in life. ", No artist looms larger over Yorke both musically and professionally than Michael Stipe. Ballard is an obvious Yorke touchstone. and it turned my life upside down. He said to me that Flea should play them, so that it would be Flea imitating Thom Yorke imitating Flea." That instance was further articulation of a skepticism towards capitalism that runs through through Yorke's work from "Dollars & Cents" to the Amok title track. 25 March 2019, 11:36. "sound like joy. While for the Pixies it was grunge and Radiohead Britpop, each band suffered and succeeded in similar ways. The central refrain of "There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt," reflect the Tibetan lama's teachings. "We were thinking about things in very much a jazz way in terms of using edits and big blocks of music to create arrangements. Both with and without Radiohead, Yorke has gone on to provide several covers of Young’s songs including one extra special version of ‘After The Gold Rush’ in 2003, which you can see below. “This man has meant something to our culture that no other MC has because he figured out something that none of us has before him and that was to be completely free,” Busta Rhymes wrote on Instagram. The electronic artist, real name Richard D. James, has had an immeasurable impact on modern music and Yorke is a massive fan: “Aphex [Twin] opened up another world that didn’t involve my fucking electric guitar, and I was just so jealous of that whole crew,” Yorke told Dazed and Confused. “I immediately fell in love with his music,” said Yorke. It’s always about laying down whatever is in your head at the time and staying completely true to that, no matter what it is.”. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version of Shakespeare's deathless tragedy was lauded for using actors close in age to the titular characters. When Ballard died in 2009, Radiohead's Dead Air Space paid tribute. "It felt like common sense from start to finish. "I've had ['Stay Tuned'] on repeat for two days now, because it's so beautiful and it really fits with so many things to me at the moment. R.E.M. It’s certainly a style that Yorke has imposed on all of his work. ", Working with Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco allows Yorke to experiment with polyrhythmic interplay derived from Nigerian Afrobeat visionary Fela Kuti. CRAIG: I can change it for you if you want. The band has cited My Bloody Valentine as an influence (you can hear it best in songs like Blow Out and Planet Telex). A map of Thom Yorke's mind must make room for masters of electronic music and barroom balladeers, sci-fi doomsayers and tragic teens, ancient wisdom and modern jazz. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" "Paranoid Android" contains four distinct sections, sudden changes, … "That was the most influential film of my early teenage years. handpicked Radiohead, fresh off The Bends, to serve as their opening act back in 1996, and the experience was a defining one. A neon-coloured trip, total cinema in your head, and endlessly inspiring,” Yorke shared how influential the band were to his adolescent days. Start here. Alas, to do so would be to miss out one of Yorke’s pivotal childhood moments. — Thom Yorke Pixies and Throwing Muses “Our teenage years we were all about going down to London and seeing all of favorite Boston bands, … ", The enigmatic Aphex Twin (né Richard D. James) has had an incalculable impact on modern music, Radiohead included. That's a slight rewrite of the line "You're not living, you're just killing time," which is from Bradbury's dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451. When Radiohead performed in New York in 2011, Yorke mentioned Inside Job and the Occupy Wall Street movement onstage. He also labeled the banking industry "organized crime." (And it's easy to imagine Adams' character emitting the words to that album's automated spoken-word track, "Fitter, Happier. 1 / Thom Yorke's Anima One of Williams's strongest influences was Thom Yorke's 2019 album Anima , along with the accompanying Netflix short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson . One of the most mercurial minds in modern music, Thom Yorke can often happily position himself as a bit of an enigma. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1995 (the year "Fake Plastic Trees" and The Bends were released), Yorke said, "I'm obsessed with the idea that I'm completely losing touch with who I am, and I've come to the … I guess that's what wisdom is, really." I was weird.” Yorke noted to VinylWriters, “And through his songs, Stipe spoke to me, ‘It’s okay, you don’t have to justify yourself to anyone.’ Shortly after that, I signed up for art school and started to take making music seriously.” When you also add to this the fact that the band picked up Radiohead for one of their mammoth US tours in the mid-90s and you have yourself perhaps the most influential artist in Yorke’s life. Sci-fi authors and their work have often constituted another color on Yorke's lyrical palette. record and is an incredible piece of work that shifted over seven million units and holds a reputation that grows as the years pass by. Colin and Jonny in particular are inspired by a lot of dub musicians (Augustus Pablo, Scientist, King Tubby, etc.). Then I discovered R.E.M. Yorke wrote that Düsseldorf rhythmaniacs Neu! While Kid A represented Radiohead's then-newfound fascination with modern electronic sounds its companion piece, Amnesiac, dug deeper into the past. In 2007, the singer and the Oxfordshire band took to a webcast to pay homage to ‘Unravel’ with a special cover which you can see below. We've collated the 7 artists that Thom Yorke, at different times, has cited as major influences on his work. “We were thinking about things in very much a jazz way in terms of using edits and big blocks of music to create arrangements.”. Early Radiohead songs like "Creep" and "My Iron Lung" follow Frank Black and Co.'s Loud/Quiet/Loud blueprint perfectly, and while the Oxfordians have de-emphasized the guitar in recent years, later cuts like "Bodysnatchers" and "Bangers & Mash" still display those classic crushing dynamics. So wrapped up in the intellectual rock of his band Radiohead, it can be difficult to imagine, say, Yorke boogying away in his kitchen to some 1960s pop, or having a headbanging session to some of rock’s heavier acts. I play everyone a new song in the dressing room (which is a toilet) Its called No surprises please.". If there's anything more intimate than baring your soul with a lyric, it's inviting the world into your record collection. He was such an influential pillar of the music scene, so widely revered, that it would perhaps be more newsworthy if we weren’t to include him in this list. It's a wild, thrilling place, and we've isolated 20 of the Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman's most deeply felt influences — many of which left their mark on AFP's new Amok, out February 26. Yorke also invited the producer-DJ to open for Atoms for Peace during the band's brief 2010 tour. YORKE: At the moment, world music and dance music and rhythmic stuff and stuff that’s not just G-to-A-to-B-to-E minor … CRAIG: You just described my guitar playing. “Before I discovered R.E.M. But it bassist Charles Mingus's had the most direct jazzy impact on this era of the band's music. Includes; Neil Young Björk and more! The band frequently covered Can's "The Thief" in concert in the early '00s (eat your heart out, Malkmus!) While Thom Yorke has revealed in the past that his own kids are Red Hot Chili Peppers maniacs, that wasn't his main reason for recruiting Flea for Amok. It’s something that can certainly be said for the influences mentioned below. During the encore of Radiohead's 2004 Coachella set, the band's frontman gushed that Pixies' 1989 album Doolittle "changed my life." We all have that one album that piqued or interest and, in many ways, changed our lives. Yorke has also performed at Young's Bridge School Benefit, and Radiohead has covered a handful of Young tracks, most frequently "After the Gold Rush." Musically speaking, however, it’s hard to not recognise these seven artists as pivotal figures in the shaping of Yorke’s career both with and without Radiohead. This 1970s German musical movement — broad enough to encompass raving loonies like Amon Düül and the mensch-maschine of Kraftwerk — made a large imprint on Radiohead. He had an interesting and illustrious career.Here MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of 12 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Thomas Edward Yorke. Thom Yorke has cited Neil Young as an influence. Music to kill time with. He added, "I would love to be able to tell stories like Fela does, but it's not me, I will never be that. Taken from various interviews, we must hasten to add, that an artist like Thom Yorke doesn’t find his inspiration solely in the work of the seven artists mentioned here. But obviously, world music and dance music are big influences for you right now. That's one of the reasons I wanted to get into computers and synths, because I didn't understand how the fuck they worked. Thom Yorke has previously curated playlists for radio, such as the BBC sleepy “bedtime mix”. Perhaps the most famous of Yorke’s influences is Neil Young. Along with Dante's Inferno, this 1992 book written by Sogyal Rinpoche inspired the lyrics to "Pyramid Song." It was quite the leap of faith at the time and it was largely down to Aphex Twin. At a time when the only way to write rock and roll was by using an electric guitar, Radiohead cut away from the herd and founded a brand new sound, one that effortlessly integrated electronic sounds and wove them together with Yorke’s lyrics to devastating effect. "It's a recurring joke with Nigel [Godrich] about my bass lines. The bands were both the intellectual side of a machismo outpouring and did their best to become the book-smart retort to rock ‘n’ roll’s more rowdy moments. As the story goes, a 16-year-old Yorke sent a demo tape to a magazine and was told he sounded like a young Neil. The bulk of Amok was recorded during a marathon three-day studio session in Los Angeles. (The singer-guitarist has also long been a fan of Talking Heads' Fela-flavored Remain in Light.) Yorke is a multi-faceted artist and, having worked in music, film and other mediums, is well-versed in finding his inspiration in the world around him. Thom Yorke is running his own 24-hour radio station with music that “fascinates” or “moves” as well as detailing his creative “influences and obsessions”. Yorke, supposedly inspired by Mr. Greenwood's watching tourists in France hurrying obliviously to and fro, translated the anecdote as a passionately melancholy plea … As if Yorke didn't already have a wary worldview, director Charles Ferguson's Academy Award-winning 2010 documentary about the corrupt causes behind the 2008 economic meltdown struck an ominous chord with the singer. “I was like, ‘Who is Neil Young?’”, The singer soon found himself a nearby record shop trying to right his wrongs and picked up Young’s 1970 LP After The Gold Rush. Credit: Positively Charged: Thom Yorke's 20 Biggest Influences By Daniel Kreps. Positively Charged: Thom Yorke’s 20 Biggest Influences ADVERTISEMENT. The album also happened to include his favourite song of all time, ‘Unravel’, calling it “one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.”. was deeply informed by 1940s vocal group and doo-wop precursors the Ink Spots. More than that, it was his attitude toward the way he laid songs down. He is a figure in music that, largely, refuses to be defined. This 2009 Grammy poster consists of song titles chosen by Thom, and thus provides a portrait of his musical tastes. in the mid-eighties, I was listening to bands like Japan. Michael Stipe was singing about his flaws and weaknesses, and that it is okay to be weird. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Images/King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images To think that Yorke couldn’t be as equally inspired by a changing season or an icy gust of wind is to underestimate the singer. As part of a conversation for the 2009 Grammys, Yorke recalled the moment he witnessed David Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’. [I] Walked into the rehearsal room one day, 'Well you know Happiness Is A Warm Gun, you know that's like three songs put together?Let's do that.' However, it seems to us that his inspiration mainly comes from his own head: his paranoia, anxiety, guilt, fascination, and passion all mix together to form his own unique brand of musical genius. '”, Yorke also once referred to Bowie and Queen’s triumphant ‘Under Pressure’ as a perfect song. Radiohead fan favorite "True Love Waits" — from the I Might Be Wrong live EP — features the lyric "I'm not living, I'm just killing time." ‘The One I Love’: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on the Mystery and Influence of R.E.M. “He has that soft vibrato that nobody else has. It was the craziest thing I’d ever seen and all the other kids were sort of saying how it was too weird and I thought ‘I wanna do that for a living. “My ideal pop song is one that says something people want to hear lyrically and that grabs them by the neck musically—and one that has some sort of depth that moves it beyond a happy tune that you whistle at work.”, Yorke added: “Songs like ‘Under Pressure’, something that makes you want to fall down on your knees. February 22, 2013 Reviews \ There may be entire websites dedicated to decoding his words,… It includes songs by artists such Liars, David Bowie, the Verve, the Rolling Stones, Scott Walker, DJ Shadow, Prince Buster, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Arvo Pärt, Laika, Can, and Modeselektor among many, many others. Thom Yorke, ‘Black Swan’ (2006) “Ultimately to me it’s not rapping at all, it’s poetry,” Radiohead’s Thom Yorke told Dazed about his favorite rapper. like endless lines stretching on foreverinparallel.fragile.like a BRandNEWnew motorway and you are the first person to drive along it…". Perhaps the most famous of Yorke’s influences is Neil Young. Despite sharing the spotlight at relatively the same time, it’s hard not to see how Björk’s uniqueness and refusal to conform could only bolster Yorke’s own feelings about artistic purity. However, more often than not, these kinds of lists provide an insight into the very essence of what makes them a hero to many people in the first place. In addition to the Mingus stylings, Yorke explained to Q that the album's "You and Whose Army?" One of the most mercurial minds in modern music, Thom Yorke can often happily position himself as a bit of an enigma. Young's influence can be heard most clearly on The King of Limbs' "Give Up the Ghost. Godrich wasn't far off. The novelist's Crash inspired OK Computer tracks "Airbag" and "Lucky." So everything's a novelty. Having called Michael Stipe a “genius”, adding that “his lyrics are like a car ride along a street full of traffic signs and billboards. For Thom Yorke, that record was R.E.M.’s seminal 1996 album New Adventures in Hi-Fi — an album that confirmed Michale Stipe and the Atlanta band, were certifiable rock icons. But this time around, the Radiohead frontman has taken the reigns of a constantly whirring station on Sonos Radio. Knowing some of your hero’s own favourite bands can be an illuminating moment. Busta Rhymes and Thom Yorke have both been remembering the influence of MF Doom after the MC and producer’s death was confirmed last week. The fragmented digital jazz of the latter's Los Angeles and Cosmogramma no doubt served as inspiration for cuts like King of Limbs opener "Bloom" and Amok's "Stuck Together Pieces." 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