WTF Podcast

Episode 408 - Thom Yorke

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Marc meet up at The Mansion, the famous recording studio in Laurel Canyon. They talk about the evolution of the band, as well as Thom’s solo projects and collaborations with other musicians. Plus, Thom reveals his most important influences and explains why he gets so much pleasure out of noise. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting. The fast and easy way to meet and collaborate - wherever, whenever.


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Michael P. Gowdy July 22, 2013 at 3:34 am

OH, F—ING SHIT! It was SPRUNG ON US without warning! hahhahaha
can’t wait to listen to this one

aly July 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

Just a note on the south: Nashville is one of my favorite cities, however it is NOT representative of the rest of the south. I’m a northerner that had to live in NC during much of my childhood/teenage years and it was a truly awful experience (replete with all of the stereotypes). Over the years many areas have improved due to influxes of northerners coming down and bringing actual culture (art, music, gourmet restaurants, fashion, etc) as well as agreeable politics, but please do not judge the south by Nashville alone.

dumbdixie July 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

@aly thank god the northerners came down and brought us actual culture and agreeable politics.  i can taste your sheltered bored cowardly pathetically herded white liberalness through the screen mmmmmm very gourmet be proud

John July 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

Please, please, please interview Noel Gallagher.

PinkyPugums July 23, 2013 at 4:22 am

Can someone pls tell me wtf happened to Thom Yorke?
He looks like Willie Nelson’s twin brother and he’s only
45 y.o.  Damn, talk about letting yourself go.  I still
love their music, but I’m just saying…...

ebin July 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

@pinky penguins, he has always looked like hell. Hence the song creep.

rb July 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

Marc, while I understand your discussion about vinyl records being real, I contend that 1s and 0s, too, are real. They are only a much smarter way to encode information on a mass scale. While we may not recognize what occurs under the computer’s hood, the bits have a real, hard and electrical, on/off basis, and perhaps even more precise that a record.

yrface July 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Great interview, Marc! 
The only thing missing was a Marc & Thom jam session.  We’ve heard you shred, and you’re a way better guitarist than you give yourself credit for!

Matt July 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

nice podcast ya got going on here. Found this when looking for Radiohead stuff. Thanks for the kind words about Nashville.

Justin July 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

Do I really need to say anything -  Another wealthy privileged British musician millionaire communist.
Oh.. and another communist who’s absolutely delighted to use the USA to dodge the seemingly utopian near-communist tax destruction the UK places on…  millionaire musicians. Like Thom York. Who is very very very rich and seems to be keeping all the money he can make, bank and keep untaxed.

Anyways.. do not give a flying eff about millionaire musicians with their pretentious ‘stand for the artists’ when…


Graham Larkin July 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Marc I’m a longtime WTF fan, and I love these interviews where you hang back and let people ramble.

As it happens I listened to this immediately after writing a blog post celebrating the 50th birthday of my brother, a musician who got his start with a smart scientist father in Abingdon, the little town where Thom describes going to school around 52:00 in your interview.

As if that isn’t weird enough, last week I posted this brief appreciation
of a recent show by legendary Can frontman Damo Suzuki, where I point to his work on Tago Mago—an album described by Thom (1:07:45) as a massive influence for Kid A.

That post is about our craving for embodied, authentic experience: a subject you discuss in the opening riff about vinyl, and something that Damo delivers in spades. If you ever cross paths with him it might make for a great interview. Damo’s English is limited, but he’s charming and an absolute trip.

Thanks for all the great material,

Graham Larkin
Ottawa, Canada

Guest July 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Phil Hendrie said it best re: communists, at 45:10 in his interview.

fantas July 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

You can really tell which commenters are old as hell. They’re the ones who still talk about “communists”. The Cold War’s over, old timers. Hurry up and die so we can move on.

Justin July 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Hi Fantas,
        If you were paying attention the ‘old-timer’ in this case is Thom and other old British Musicians.
You see how that works - I’m referring to THEM holding onto their cold-war UK Communists (really old labour commie stuff).

By your way of thinking - YOU are ‘old as hell’ and holding us back because you posted about ‘communists’ and the ‘cold war’. right?
Stop holding us back old man.

Anyways, you can tell what posters here are young(ish) and half-witted and lack comprehension.

Joe Tily July 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

Great interview Marc . . . . you’ve blown my mind recently with your choice of musician guests. WTF is the best podcast and still getting stronger. I liked your TV show a lot too. Thanks for all the great entertainment, man.

Robb Donker July 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed the Thom Yorke conversation as well as your thoughts on vinyl records. Many of the indie bands that I follow and enjoy have thrived as a result of kids getting into not only vinyl but cassette tapes as well. One of the success stories that you would of counted as a totally foolish enterprises is Burger Records in Fullerton, California who have not only succeeded in shifting people perception of tape and vinyl they have grown a following of consumers around the world who will basically purchase tapes or vinyl without necessarily hearing it but knowing that the guys at Burger provide what they want. I would love you to come down and visit the record store or interview Sean or Lee over there. Really nice guys too. I have no affiliation with them other than I know them through some of my music blogging. Anyway, love your show and your passion—hey, if you want to check out this indie scene- you should check out Viva Pomona tomorrow on 2nd street—google it. peace man!

Will July 28, 2013 at 3:48 am

Great podcast Marc!

I’m a bit of a vinyl nut too. I enjoyed your monologue about that! Although for me my collecting tends towards modern electronic music.

I enjoyed hearing Thom too. I’ve been a Radiohead fan for a good 10 years now (since I was about 14). And I’ve never really listened to him speaking much. I totally got that whole “drum circle” state of mind you were going on about. I can listen to such minimal music in a club for hours on end in what I can only describe as a trance like state (no drugs).

Ann Chagnot July 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Interviewing someone like Thom York mustn’t be easy, kudos to Marc, it takes a really skilled conversationalist to draw a socially inept guy like York out of himself, sorry Thom fans, but you gotta admit , they guy is brilliant but awkward as hell

Byron July 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I dunno Marc, I tend to think you might get into trouble if you fucked a tube amp.

Jesus August 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I enjoyed this interview. Thom sounded great, an insightful guy. And yet all of my pre-hipster sensibilities about how Radiohead was basically neither as artistic nor deep as the world may have believed when they first hit, and in the few years following, came rushing back at, “well, Mingus is my guy, but I listen to a lot of Duke Ellington when I’m in America.” Translation, “No, Marc. In fact, and not surprisingly, I’m NOT into jazz at any meaningful level.” Overall though, I was impressed with the interview enough to go back and check out some old Radiohead albums I haven’t heard yet. Good listen.

Harold C Hanger October 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Not very revealing on a personal level - too easy to talk politics. Not very entertaining as a result. Not Marc’s fault, he tried.