Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, has been stunning interviewers with his, er, “unique” comments to the media, and we are here to fill you in on all of his most outrageous responses. He certainly does have a lot of opinions, and he seems to never hold back! To discover all of the colorful responses that make us love Yorke even more than we already did, all you have to do is read along!
Number Six: When Thom Yorke Enlightened Us About Respect
Yorke showed the world a whole new side to himself then an interviewer asked him about his stance on respect. He said, “Respect is if you’re having a political argument with someone, just before you get to the point where you call them a fascist, you sort of step back and wonder how on earth they’ve ended up at this point of complete ignorance and stupidity.” I don’t think that’s quite it, but that’s an interesting lesson there. Thom Yorke, everybody.
Number Five: That Thing He Said About Walls
It may not be the most outrageous comment he’s said in an interview, but it certainly does make sense: “all walls are great if the roof doesn’t fall.” Well, yeah. Well put, Thom. He was probably talking about what goes into making the music happen.
Number Four: Or When He Stated His Position on the Spice Girls
Apparently, he isn’t much of a fan of the unique and flashy pop group. Honestly, we see the point he was making to the Rolling Stone in 1997: “I agree with whoever said they’re soft porn.” He took it even further when he blatantly stated that, “They’re the Antichrist. I don’t want any part of it, and if I had kids, I wouldn’t want them to have any part of it, either.” You go Thom, fight the sexual music!
Number Three: And Spotify
We really wish he elaborated on this one, but we can’t help but include it in our list. It is just too darn funny, and the most eloquently hilarious insult that Spotify has ever received. In a 2013 interview with Sopitas, Yorke claimed that Spotify was “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”
Number Two: When He Spoke the Truth
If you don’t know much about Thom Yorke, we should warn you right now he is insanely real. He doesn’t censor his thoughts, and embraces the darkness. Especially when he talked about the possibility of people burning his records: “If we got into a situation where people start burning our records, then bring it on.” He really got into it when he then revealed, “That’s the whole point. The gloaming has begun. We’re in the darkness. This has happened before. Go read some history.” Let it begin!
Number One: Especially When He Compared YouTube to Nazi Germany
In an interview that he probably got a little bit carried away with, Yorke saw it fit to compare YouTube and Google to Nazi Germany. Apparently, he is pretty mad about the neglect that artists’ paychecks are receiving from these companies that use their music. He told Italian publication La Repubblica that “they make money off the work of many artists who do not derive any benefit.” When he was asked to elaborate on what he believed these companies were doing to artists, he said, “It’s like what the Nazis did in the Second World War. In fact, they all did that during the war, the British too: steal the art from other countries. What’s the difference?” We get what he is saying, but he might have taken it a little far with the Nazi Germany analogy. We hope you liked our ranking of Thom York’s most outrageous interview quotes!