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Thom Yorke (born 7.10.1968)
Thom Yorke is the lead singer of Radiohead, an alternative rock band from Oxford, England. He has also released his own solo music.
Thom Yorke: Childhood
Thom Yorke was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He was born with his left eye shut and underwent numerous operations as a child, which eventually left him with a drooping eyelid.
The Yorke family moved often, due to his father's work. At the many schools that he attended, Yorke was often teased because of his eye condition. Eventually, the family settled in Oxfordshire.
At the age of seven, Yorke was given his first guitar. He was a fan of Brian May, the guitarist of Queen. By 11, Yorke had formed his first band and started writing songs.
It was at Abingdon school that Thom Yorke met Phil Selway, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood and Jonny Greenwood, with whom he would form Radiohead.
Originally, the band was called On A Friday. In 1988, the band took a break when Yorke attended university in Exeter, where he would DJ and briefly joined a band called The Headless Chickens.
Thom Yorke: Music Career
In 1991, On A Friday's music activity was resumed and the band moved to Oxford. They were shortly signed to Parlophone and changed their name to Radiohead. When their single 'Creep' was released, it became a worldwide hit, followed up by their debut album Pablo Honey.
Following the release of their second album, The Bends, R.E.M. selected Radiohead to open for them on their European tour. Thom Yorke became particularly good friends with Michael Stipe.
Following the release of OK Computer, their third album, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood collaborated on the soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine (which starred Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Eddie Izzard), under the pseudonym Venus In Furs. Suede's Bernard Butler was also in the band, who performed covers of Roxy Music songs.
Radiohead's music has become increasingly experimental, with the release of their next three albums, Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief.
Their seventh album, In Rainbows hit headlines for the unique way in which it was released. The album was made available as a digital download, with an online pay button which allowed the purchaser to pay as much or as little as they like for the album.
Thom Yorke's debut solo album, The Eraser, was released in 2006. Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich was on board as producer for the album, and the cover's artwork was done by Stanley Donwood. The album was released by XL Recordings and was shortlisted for that year's Mercury Music Prize, as well as receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.
Although Thom Yorke rarely performs solo, he did open the main stage on the Sunday at 2009's Latitude Festival. The performance received a mixed response.
Thom Yorke has often collaborated with other musicians. In 2000, he appeared a number of times on PJ Harvey's Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea. The album won that year's Mercury Music Prize.
Yorke has twice recorded with Bjork - once on 'I've Seen It All' and again on 'Nattura'.
In 1998, Thom Yorke collaborated with DJ Shadow on 'Rabbit in Your Headlights' and in 2007, he sang on 'The White Flash' by Modeselektor.
Thom Yorke: Personal Life
Thom Yorke is in a long-standing relationship with Rachel Owen, whom he met whilst at Exeter University (Owen studied fine art and printmaking). Yorke and Owen have two children together, Noah (b. 2001) and Agnes (b. 2004).
Thom's brother, Andy, was in the band the Unbelievable Truth, who had brief success in the 1990s.
Yorke played a half-hour set of Radiohead songs at his neighbour's garden party on Sunday - see pictures and a video!
A Reddit user posted the news on Sunday afternoon (June 12th), after apparently receiving a text from his father reading: “in Oxford at [a] garden party with Suzie's neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Tom York of Radiohead!”
Later on, a video shot by another attendee at the party surfaced, showing the frontman sat with just an acoustic guitar. It’s said that Yorke performed for around 30 minutes, playing ‘Desert Island Disk’, ‘No Surprises’, ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’, ‘Reckoner’ and ‘I Might Be Wrong’.
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The track will be available to download at one minute past midnight on Wednesday (May 4th), and is the first to be taken from their as-yet-untitled 9th album.
Hours after teasing fans with two mysterious, animated short clips via Instagram, Radiohead have delighted their legions of followers by releasing the music video for a new single ‘Burn the Witch’, the first from their brand new forthcoming album.
The Oxford five-piece, renowned for their ground-breaking albums, have spent most of 2016 dropped small clues online about a possible new release. Two days ago, on May 1st, they had removed virtually their entire online presence, whiting out their official website and deleting the content of their Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook accounts.
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Tickets for the three dates at the London venue in May are now changing hands for thousands of pounds.
Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has said that he’s “f***ed off” that thousands of fans have struggled to get hold of tickets for the band’s London shows later this year, with second-hand tickets already changing hands for nearly £4,000 online.
Massive demand for the three nights at London’s intimate Roundhouse venue meant that tickets sold out in under one hour when they went on sale at 9am on Friday (March 18th). The Roundhouse only has a capacity of 3,300, meaning that the total availability of tickets over three nights amounted to less than 10,000.
It will be the first British dates that the legendary indie group has played since they did two nights at the O2 Arena back in 2012 – a venue that has a capacity of 20,000.
The band have just dropped a massive tour announcement, but new artwork suggests they may have more surprises to come.
Radiohead have announced a world tour which will see the band visit 11 countries and play at least 22 shows. News of the tour has caused fans to speculate that the band’s ninth studio album could be on the way and their social media pages have been updated with to feature new artwork, reminiscent of the work by long-time collaborator Stanley Donwood.
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The legendary alternative rock group is rumoured to be releasing its ninth album at some point this year - sooner rather than later, if this speculation is correct.
Radiohead fans searching the stars, scanning the horoscopes and reading tea leaves in the hope of discovering when the band might finally release its next album might have some heartening news. The five band members have set up a new company - something they did a few months before releasing their last two albums.
Fans on the Radiohead forum At Ease have ascertained that the band founded a company called Dawn Chorus LLP in October 2015, with the five officers named as the five members of the group (Thom Yorke, Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway).
Radiohead to release a new album imminently?
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Cumberbatch has asked if Santa could help “solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children”.
‘Sherlock Holmes’ star Benedict Cumberbatch is among the celebrities sharing their letters to Santa this year, as part of the Letters Live series, marking national letter writing day. In his letter Cumberbatch states that Christmas has been “bastardised to represent materialism gone mad” and asks for Santa to help distract children from “from the realities of a world gone mad”.
Benedict Cumberbatch has shared his letter to Santa.
"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness,” Cumberbatch wrote. "Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears.”
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Yorke says that the business models that allow YouTube and its parent company Google to prosper are damaging artists.
Yorke, who once described Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”, has been consistently outspoken on musicians’ relationships to the music industry. Speaking to La Repubblica at the weekend, he lambasted the ethical stances of YouTube and its parent company Google.
Thom Yorke attacked YouTube and Google in a new interview
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‘Old Times’ will open in September on Broadway.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has written what’s been described as an ‘epic and heartbreaking’ score for an new Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, starring Clive Owen and Eve Best at New York’s Roundabout theatre.
Thom Yorke has composed the score for a production of Old Times on Broadway.
In a statement about the project Yorke said he'd "enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns.”
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Thom Yorke and John Updike found themselves on the cover of the curious publication.
Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead, has found himself on the front cover of an Iranian sex manual titled Marital and Sexual Problems in Men. The book was spotted at an Iranian bookstore by journalist Sobhan Hassanvand, who tweeted an image a few days ago.
Thom Yorke stars on the cover of a sex manuel in Iran
Bizarrely, Yorke isn't the only famous person to appear on the cover, with the American literary icon John Updike also pictured. It's unclear why either of the men have found themselves on the cover, other than the fact they both look a little upset. Hassanvand said the guide is aimed at solving sex problems between couples in Iran.
Continue reading: Thom Yorke On Cover Of Iranian Sex Manual (Nobody Knows Why)
During an interview about his next solo record, the Radiohead guitarist spoke a bit about the band's new album, currently being recorded.
There’s always a tingle of anticipation when it comes to a new Radiohead album, and it seems that fans are going to be in for something a bit unexpected next time. Jonny Greenwood, the band’s guitarist, has indicated that the band has “changed our method” again.
In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, conversation turned to the group’s planned follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, the recording process for which has been under way for “a couple of months”.
Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead
Continue reading: Jonny Greenwood Talks New Radiohead Album: "We've Changed Our Method"
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