Patch, who was the UK’s last veteran of World War I, was saluted in the song ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’, released earlier this year.
“‘Oh, please listen to our new song about Harry Patch‘,” Friedberger said to Spinner.co.uk. “Fuck you! You brand yourself by brazenly and arbitrarily associating yourself with things that you know people consider cool. That is bogus. That’s a put-on. That’s a branding technique and Radiohead have their brand that they’re popular and intelligent. So they have a song about Harry Patch.”
Since the interview came to light, the band’s publicist has said that Friedberger thought that Radiohead had in fact written a song about Harry Partch, the American composer and custom instrument maker, rather than Harry Patch the war veteran.
“My wife says I am being very rude,” the guitarist said in the original interview. “She doesn’t like me insulting Radiohead. She’s afraid they will send their lackeys through the computer to sabotage us. But they needn’t worry, we are a band that sabotages ourselves.”