Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: ‘I can see why ‘The King Of Limbs’ alienated people’

Frontman says he felt like the band's eighth studio album 'didn't really exist'

Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke has said he can see why the band’s eighth album ‘The King Of Limbs’ alienated people.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, the singer said of the album, which was released as a download with just a week’s notice with no publicity by the band:

It was amazing just to put the record out like that. But then it didn’t feel like it really existed…But that was the consequence of what we chose to do. You can either get upset about it, or say, “well, that’s not good enough.”

He added: “I can see why it’s alienated people. I didn’t realise it was on its own planet”.


The band are currently touring North America in support of the album and will play three UK shows in the autumn at Manchester’s Evening News Arena (October 6), and London’s O2 Arena (October 8 and 9).

Speaking of the drawn-out recording process for the album, Jonny Greenwood added: “The brick walls we tended to hit were when we knew something was great, like ‘Bloom’, but not finished. We knew the song was nearly something. Then Colin had that bass line and Thom started singing. Those things made it a hundred times better. The other stuff was just waiting for the right thing.”

Radiohead have been playing two new songs, ‘Identikit’ and ‘Cut A Hole’, as part of their recent live set.

You can watch a host of artists, including The Maccabees and Klaxons, talking about their favourite Radiohead songs in an exclusive NME video below.