In 2013, Yorke and Nigel Godrich removed their music from Spotify, with Yorke describing the platform as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”.
Now, after all of Radiohead’s music gradually made its way to Spotify, Yorke’s two solo records (2006’s ‘The Eraser’ and 2014’s ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’) have arrived on the service too, along with Atoms For Peace‘s 2013 album ‘AMOK’.
Yorke hasn’t yet commented on the news and NME has approached representatives for both Yorke and Spotify for further comment.
In 2013, Yorke said: “I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it’s all about how we change the way we listen to music, it’s all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don’t subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that’s ‘well this is all we’ve got left. we’ll just have to do this.’ I just don’t agree.”
Yorke went on to add: “When we did the ‘In Rainbows’ thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it’s just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don’t need you to do it. No artists needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off. But because they’re using old music, because they’re using the majors… the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That’s why to me, Spotify the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it’s about the future of all music. It’s about whether we believe there’s a future in music”.
He concluded: “To me this isn’t the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part.”
Meanwhile, Radiohead have come 12th in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote. Having distanced themselves from the event, the band recently said that they won’t be attending the ceremony even if they are inducted.