Thom Yorke quotes and sayings
October 7, 1968
If I were to be any celebrity, I'd be Chris Martin. I've always wondered what it would be like to be jealous of Thom Yorke.
I'll drown my beliefs. To have you be in peace.
We toyed with the idea of making it a double album, but I think that would only have confused everybody even more, so we decided to stick with the songs we picked.
I'll regularly just burst out into laughter at funerals, at the expense of the dead. What's the difference between a dead person and Thom Yorke? One is talented and the other is dead. **** you grandma.
I have multiple personalities, but, being a fairly uncreative individual, they are all Thom Yorke.
If Bono can release an album out of nowhere then so can I!
You'll go to Hell For what your Dirty mind is thinking.
It annoys me how pretty my voice is... that sounds incredibly immodest, but it annoys me how polite it can sound when perhaps what I'm singing is deeply acidic.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he's a goddamn chicken he doesn't know what the **** he's doing.
People in bands don't have the kind of conversations people might think they have. The best things about being in a band are the things that are unsaid.
I tell you what's really ridiculous--going into a bookstore and there's all these books about yourself. In a way, it feels like you're already dead.
I agree with whoever said Spice Girls are soft port. They're the antichrist.
Ironically my brother died in a car accident shortly after Airbag was recorded. He's not an identical twin so I didn't care.
It's not racist if I like the race. But I don't like Asian people.
I want to be part of the human race I want to live, breathe.
Where are you sleeping tonight? Face down in the mud? That's a British tradition: Take acid and fall asleep in some field.
I can be very drunk in a club in Oxford on a Monday night, and some guy comes up to you and buys you a drink and says that the last record you made changed his life. That means something.
Yes I usually make my kids eat their veggie chops and watch my concerts in dead silence. If they ask to watch spongebob squarepants I usually do something volatile like make them eat a yellow sponge with googly eyes on it. I hit them quite a bit, but then again I blame the condom manufacturing government for forcing me to birth them.
Someone needs to tell the truth, but it shouldn't be my job.
I know I'm 38 but I insist that santa claus exists and he raped my mother when I was 9.
One of the interesting things here is that the people who should be shaping the future are politicians. But the political framework itself is so dead and closed that people look to other sources, like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom.
And then computers got to a point where you could just record directly into them. So when that happened, funny enough, I thought, Right, I'm going to learn how to do this because then I can understand that part.
The video of 'Paranoid Android' has been censored by MTV. They took all nipples out of the cartoon, but they had no problem with the scene in which a man cuts off his own arms and legs.
I think a lot of tunes can suffer from being so simple, so either they get over-complicated or their simplicity means the simple way to lay them down becomes the difficulty.
I had a series of mini-breakdowns where the public persona - this thing, this face, this person who writes this music... I would walk past that person in the mirror or listen to that person playing guitar and I didn't know who they were.
My uncle used to sit me on his lap and play "ventriloquist", only I wasn't wearing pants.
I ultimately decided that I couldn't beat it more than three times a day, was just too drained and chapped. That's what Radiohead is about. You're just drained and chapped, down there.
I'm the Legendary Radio Head.
I went to a boys' school, and I didn't realize that most guys join bands because they wanted to get girls. I was not really focused on that the way everybody else was.
I don't really think of most non-English as people, more or less indigenous squirrels that I fancy to kick around with my snakeskin French Persian Boots.
Are you such a dreamer To put the world to rights? I'll stay home forever Where two and two always makes a five I'll lay down the tracks Sandbag and hide January has April's showers And two and two always makes a five It's the devil's way now There is no way out You can SCREAM and you can shout It is too late now Because... You have not been Paying attention! Paying attention! Paying attention! Paying attention! You have not been paying attention!
I won't live in a mostly Mexican neighborhood. I'm sorry I just won't do it.
My name may be Thom Yorke, but only I can call me Thom Yorke.
Q: Does commercial success matter to you.
I'm not afraid of computers taking over the world. They're just sitting there. I can hit them with a two by four.
You can't make an egg without frying an egg.
Sometimes I stand in store windows and pretend to be a mannequin. People are like 'hey, that mannequin looks alot like thom yorke' Then I start to sing The Gloaming and lurch toward them and they run off horrified.
If you want to be entertained, go and see Hanson.
Anybody can make 'good' music. I make terrible music, which is what makes it so different, and therefore better.
The concept of Kid A? How about the concept of I kick your ****ing ass.
Hunting Bears is a complex song. A bear, as you know is another term for a chubby chaser. The guitar line is actually the sound of a fat man's thighs rubbing together as he approaches another lardy male for a night of sexual deviance.
The problem is, I cannot meditate. That's the one thing I can't do. That's the thing that's driving me nuts. I have a house by the sea, and I can sit and listen to the sound of the sea and eventually... but I can't really do it.
If you Americans aren't from the stone age then explain to me how your president is a ****ing pterodactyl.
The head of state Has called for me by name But I don't have time for him It's gonna be a glorious day I feel my luck could change.
I tied a bunch of balloons to a beach chair and tried to float up to heaven. *begins to weep* There's no heaven, and birds tried to kill me! *shrivels up*.
I've been reading a book lately. That book is Thom Yorke, and the conclusion is that he's brilliant.
I would rather die then let my kids eat cup a soup.
My big problem with corporate structure is this bizarre sense of loyalty you're supposed to feel -- towards what is basically a virus. It grows or dies, like any virus. And you use it for your own selfish ends." - source.
We don't have to stand on a soap-box and preach because hopefully we're channelling it through the new record.
My argument would be that I don't think there is much that's genuinely political art that is good art.
Well, it only dawned on me about six months ago that not everybody's against me all the time. It was something of a revelation.
I'm terrible at jigsaw puzzles. Other people solve the puzzle but I just keep trying to make the pieces that don't fit fit. I guess that's what makes me special, I try to assemble jigsaw puzzles incorrectly.
Sometimes we and the members of Coldplay have an orgy together, insists we don't invite any women, but I always invite a few. Usually I sing Fake Plastic Trees while he reams me from behind *Laughs* It wears me out *laughs*.
I'm a full grown man and I'm not tall enough to ride a rollercoaster. So I will sit on the teacups, eat my tea and biscuits and reminisce with the cheshire cat who lives in my head. Oh hello Mr. Cheshire, lovely weather this morning. Mr. Cheshire? Oh my god.
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.
The whole point of creating music for me is to give voice to things that aren't normally given voice to.
I love listening to music with my mate. We don't do it often, but when we do we'll just sit there and lose our heads in it. Sooner or later he'll start saying something to the effect of "Hey, Thom, can you put in something else now?" but I'll just nod coldly and respond "not just yet". But after awhile, I'll finally budge. And that's when I crack a big smile and take out The Bends and put in Kid A. My friend just sighs and leaves the room, and I can't blame him. He's not ready for that leap yet.
15 Step is about how if you have mental illness and try to dance you look very funny. Whenever you see me dancing on stage, I'm imitating the mentally ill.
It is difficult to make political art work.
I don't think young people are as demoralized as the media and government would like us to think. The obvious sign of that is how strong and how close personal connections are and how much people are able to build a life for themselves, despite all this stuff that's been thrown at them.
I'm terrified of lasagna. I think it was to eat ME!
I am the greatest thing to happen to black music.
There are a lot of things I cannot do, such as eat books and read chicken.
At a better pace, slower and more calculated No chance of escape.
The only thing more difficult than being a God is being Thom Yorke. Thom Yorke has all these responsibilities, to save the planet. To save the world. To redeem Thom Yorke.
If we replaced all of our guns with chicken sandwiches it would end all war immediately.
If I could do just one thing to change the world, I'd make everyone Thom Yorke, and this would be paradise.
The joke is that U2's new record only looked like a virus. Enjoy mining bitcoins for me losers.
I'm even taller in person, because photographs shrink you down and steal your soul native american.
You think I have the responsibilty... I have the responsibility to give the fans a good time!
I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless.
I'm still not certain on the nature of the spork, whether it is a fork and a spoon, or a fork and a knife mixed together, or maybe a fork and a fork on top. Life is full of mysteries yeah man.
Every Christmas people are so nice to me, they think I am Little Tim from A Christmas Story. But I'm not. *smiles*.
I think no artist can claim to have any access to the truth, or an authentic version of an event. But obviously they have slightly better means at their disposal because they have their art to energize whatever it is they're trying to write about. They have music.
So how come it looks so beautiful? How come the moon falls from the sky?
If I weren't in Radiohead I'd be working at a grocery store, I'd be that creepy guy who lives in an efficiency apartment and collects salted, cured meats.
I'm glad I escaped the clutches of those evil gnomes... I'm talking, of course, about Puerto Ricans.
It's not so much that I'm an atheist so much as the sneaking suspicion that I myself may be god.
The people in charge, globally, are maniacs. They are maniacs, and unless we do something about it these people are going to deprive us of a future.
I don't like old friends talking to me like I'm a pop star, cos it makes me feel like I'm becoming two-dimensional.
In November I'll be releasing my new solo record, entitled 'Box Of Bees'. There's no music, it's just a box full of live bees. The deluxe edition comes with more bees.
How come I end up where I started How come I end up where I belong... You used to be alright What happened?
I often steal sandwiches, eat them, and put the container's back., with a signed autograph of my self in its place. It's my way of giving back to society.
I jumped in the river, what did I see? Black-eyed angels swam with me A moon full of stars and astral cars And all the figures I used to see All my lovers were there with me All my past and futures And we all went to heaven in a little row boat There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt.
My parents mistook me for a sack of potatoes so I sat in the corner of the kitchen for the first 13 years of my life. My birth name is Thom Potatoes.
I recently enrolled at an elementary school and they accepted me. I am finally going to get revenge on those kids that beat me up as a boy, assuming they are still attending.
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