Thom Yorke joined Alec Baldwin on the latest episode of his WNYC podcast series Here’s The Thing yesterday (April 1) for an hour-long interview.
The Radiohead frontman was in the studio to promote the latest album from his side project Atoms For Peace, ‘AMOK’, released earlier this year.
Over the course of the show, Yorke discussed his whole career, from Radiohead’s early days to the foundations of his new band, Atoms For Peace. He also talked about fatherhood, shunning celebrity and his work as an activist. Admitting that he finds performing “either wicked fun or really awful”, and he also stated he would tour more if he didn’t have children.
Speaking about forming Radiohead, Yorke also revealed how he chose the line up for the band in 1985.
I got Ed [O’Brien] because he was dressed like Morrissey and he had some cool socks, and I saw he had a guitar. I had no idea whether he could play or not. I didn’t really care. I got Colin (Greenwood) because I knew Colin could play very well and I needed a bass player who could play very well, but he’d never played bass before.
He continues: “And his brother Jonny was this mythical musical prodigy, so I roped him in, and then Phil [Selway] was the only drummer we knew anyway, so – and he had a house down the road that we could rehearse in.”
Here’s The Thing is a fortnightly podcast from public radio station WNYC. Thom Yorke’s episode is available to listen to and download here.