Radiohead deny playing song for Tory leader

They say David Cameron is mistaken

Radiohead have denied playing a request for the Conservative Party leader David Cameron at a concert in London earlier this month.

Cameron has often cited Radiohead as one of his favourite bands, and he was invited along to the Friends Of The Earth benefit show that singer Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood were headlining at KOKO in Camden on May 1.

The politician appeared on Sunday’s (May 28) Desert Island Discs programme on BBC Radio 4, choosing the songs he would take with him if he was a castaway. When choosing Radiohead‘s 1995 single ‘Fake Plastic Trees’, Cameron told host Sue Lawley that Yorke and Greenwood performed the song at his request at the concert.

After Lawley had asked if they had played the song especially for him, Cameron revealed: “Yes he (Yorke) did. I sent this rather sad letter saying I’d love to come to the concert, thank you for asking. PS please play this, my favourite song – and he did.”

But a spokesman for Radiohead told The Independent: “The set list was chosen to reflect the fact that it was just Thom and Jonny playing and the choice of songs was what they wanted to play – nothing to do with any special requests.”

Radiohead have just completed the UK leg of a European tour where they premiered a raft of new material set to feature on the follow-up to 2003’s ‘Hail To The Thief’.