‘HEAD SPINNING

However, guitarist Ed O'Brien says 'Kid A''s chart-topping feat is "like winning the FA Cup"...

THOM YORKE has said Radiohead‘s success in the US “doesn’t mean anything”, after ‘KID A’ debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Speaking in an interview with US website, [url=]www.mtv.com, Yorke said that both him and the band were struggling to get their heads around ‘Kid A’?s success in the US.

Yorke said: “I think a lot of people maybe saw ‘Kid A’ as representing something larger for a lot of people. I’m not quite sure what that is, and I’m not quite sure whether the record actually fulfils that or not. It’s not for me to know, really, and I cannot get my head around the fact that it’s number one in America at all. It just doesn’t mean anything. It’s just la-la.”

When asked how the band celebrated their US success, Yorke said it was a low-key celebration for the whole band. He continued: “We went out and we had a glass of champagne, and we all looked at each other, just shaking our heads. A close friend of mine said, ‘Do you know how hard that is? Do you know how hard that is?’

“I mean, it’s really amazing, and I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. I want to be able to say to my kids, ‘Look, this happened,’ and that sort of thing, and leave it at that. If I tried to really work out, I wouldn’t sleep at all.”

However, speaking in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow evening on radio station BBC London Live, guitarist Ed O’Brien was more forthcoming about the band’s success. Talking about ‘Kid A’ going to number one in the UK he said: “It’s brilliant, it’s like winning the FA Cup! It’s everything. To think people went out and bought that and we haven’t had a record out for ages…now we can make another couple of records, that’s the bottom line.”

O’Brien said Radiohead had always been jealous of the way Massive Attack worked with a less defined band structure, as well as comparing ‘Kid A’ to ‘Pablo Honey’. He said: “‘Kid A’ is like our ‘Pablo Honey’ (in that) we’re just getting to grips with the technology in the studio and what we’re capable of doing. We were bored of playing guitars and it’s rekindled the love of playing live again.”

Radiohead remain in the US and appeared on television show Saturday Night Live last Saturday (October 14). The band performed two songs, ‘The National Anthem’ and ‘Idioteque’ on the primetime evening show.