First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in



Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.

Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.

Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson


The Radiohead man stares into the abyss so you don’t have to

While Thom Yorke’s angst poetry was hardly shoddy as far back as ‘Creep’, the project he started on ‘The Bends’ was upgraded to a literary heavyweight with the band’s epochal third LP ‘OK Computer’. On it, Yorke spoke for a generation unsure of the future and baffled by the present, his great skill being to embed human emotions within an eerily detached view of the world.

With age, his lyrics have more grace and clarity, yet he’s still most effective with his teeth out. Perhaps his most powerful lyric is sparse ‘Harrowdown Hill’ on debut solo album ‘The Eraser’, written from the point of view of Dr David Kelly, the government weapons adviser who committed suicide over his involvement in events leading to the invasion of Iraq.DM

Key lyric: “Don’t walk the plank like I did/You will be dispensed with/When you become inconvenient” (‘Harrowdown Hill’, from ‘The Eraser’, 2006)


Listen to Radiohead Now


Latest Radiohead News

Radiohead named 'Most Influential Artist In Music Today' by NME

Radiohead named 'Most Influential Artist In Music Today' by NME

List of 100 artists inspiring the music scene in 2014 is revealed in this week's issue

Vampire Weekend, Radiohead and The White Stripes feature on landmark XL Recordings compilation

Wide-ranging album 'Pay Close Attention' to be released on August 25

  • Aug 5, 2014

Festival organiser confirms 30 people were at Thom Yorke's DJ set in Cornwall, denies 'barndancing'

The Radiohead frontman played a secret set at Leopallooza over the weekend

  • Aug 5, 2014

More Radiohead News


More Radiohead Reviews



Manchester Arena, Manchester, October 6

  • Oct 19, 2012

Optimus Alive

Lisbon, Portugal Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

  • Jul 30, 2012


Moody Theater, Texas, March 6th and Frank Erwin Center, Texas, March 7th

  • Mar 23, 2012

More Radiohead Reviews

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today