Sam Smith forgets who Thom Yorke is, hasn’t heard Radiohead’s alternate ‘Spectre’ theme

Radiohead claim they were originally asked to record the theme song for latest Bond film

Sam Smith has described himself as “surprised” to hear Radiohead‘s claims that they were originally been asked to record the theme song for James Bond film Spectre, with Smith also appearing to have never heard of singer Thom Yorke.

During a press conference following the Golden Globes on Sunday night (January 10), Smith was asked how he felt when Yorke released Radiohead’s unofficial track, to which he replied “Thom Yorke?” before being informed by collaborator Jimmy Napes who Yorke is.

Smith became the first artist to reach Number One in the UK with a Bond theme when he released ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ in November.


At the press conference Smith responded to questions about Radiohead, saying: “Yes, I was a little bit surprised. Not going to lie, but I haven’t listened to it personally because I did the [official] ‘Spectre’ theme song.”

Watch in the video below.

Radiohead released their ‘Spectre’ track on Christmas Day, explaining in an accompanying message: “Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie ‘Spectre’. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.”


Hear both Radiohead’s song and Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ beneath.

Meanwhile, there has been increased speculation that Radiohead will release a new album shortly. The record will be the group’s ninth studio effort and their first offering since 2011’s’ ‘The King of Limbs’.

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