Thom Yorke and his Atoms For Peace bandmate, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, dish out advice for teenagers in a new video posted last night (April 9) – scroll down to watch.
Recorded for Rookie’s Ask A Grown Man series, the video sees Yorke and Godrich answering questions sent in by young readers on topics ranging from sex to dating and breakups.
Asked, “How do you tell the boy you have a crush on that you have a crush on him if you are really, really, really shy and so is he,” Yorke says:
If you have a crush on him, if you’re really, really, really, really shy, which is what I was at that age – also, I was at a boys’ school so it was impossible to meet girls anyway – how about just write him a note, if you can’t bear to talk to him. Or throw him against the wall sometime.
Later, Yorke talks about learning to accept growing up with a physical imperfection, having been born with his right eye fixed shut. Yorke describes his eye as “wonky” and says, “When I was your age I was convinced that girls would think that was really not nice at all,” at which point Godrich puts a reassuring hand on Yorke’s shoulder. “I worked in this pub and this old woman – she was so funny – she used to come in all the time, and she was the first person who really said to me, ‘It’s the nicest thing about you’,” says Yorke. “She was pissed at the time, but I went with it.”
Other questions asked include “Is it OK to break up with someone if they’re boring you?” (Yorke’s answer: “run away”) and “Any recommended brands of deodorant?”. Previous participants in Rookie’s Ask A Grown Man include comedian Jimmy Fallon and director Judd Apatow.