Thom Yorke Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Birth NameThomas Edward Yorke
Nicknames Dr. Tchock
Height 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Thom Yorke was born on October 7, 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England as Thomas Edward Yorke. He was previously married to Rachel Owen.

Spouse (1)

Rachel Owen (May 2003 - 18 December 2016) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Frenetic head swivelling during singing
His often spiky reddish-brown hair, which was bleached blonde early on
One eye slightly closed
Falsetto range

Trivia (13)

Supplied his voice to the film Velvet Goldmine (1998). His voice is used as Brian Slade's in two of the songs performed in the film. In Bittersweet and 2HB, both Roxy Music covers.
In February 2001, girlfriend Rachel Owens gave birth to Thom's first child, Noah. Daughter Agnes born October 2004.
Worked as an orderly in a mental hospital.
Was rated Number 15 for Rolling Stone's Top 50 Rock Bands (2001) of all time.
Most Radiohead songs originate with his melodies and ideas which are then expanded upon by him and the rest of the band.
Opened for Alanis Morissette.
The Radiohead albums 'The Bends' (1995) and 'OK Computer' (1997) are considered seminal works of the 1990s. Yorke is the band's lead singer, guitarist/keyboardist, and songwriter.
Thom has had surgery multiple times on his left eye since childhood. None of them have worked completely (obviously).
Radiohead albums: "Pablo Honey", "The Bends", "Ok Computer", "Kid A", "Amnesiac", "Hail to the Thief", "In Rainbows" and "The King of Limbs".
His album "Hail to the Thief" was bootlegged two months prior to its release, which is a record. Despite suggestions to release the album earlier to counteract against piraters, it was released at the scheduled time and hit number 2 of the charts, which proves that major bootlegging did not drastically affect an album's success.
Daughter Agnes born October 2004
New album "In Rainbows" was released in 2007, employing a new method of distribution: the record is only available from www.Radiohead.com, and the fans can pick the price. Traditional CD release expected next year, in early 2008.
Recording the seventh Radiohead album. [November 2006]

Personal Quotes (17)

People are born with certain faces, like my father was born with a face that people want to hit.
Being in a band turns you into a child and keeps you there.
I'm not afraid of computers taking over the world. They're just sitting there. I can hit them with a two by four.
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.
Us on hard drugs? That would be horrible. We'd probably end up sounding like Bryan Adams.
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. You click together in the studio or whatever and that's enough to make you feel close to each other. There are no long nights of bonding where you tell each other your innermost fears.
I distinctly remember when "OK Computer" came out and you had people going, 'Yeah, but it's not "The Bends" is it? It's got all this weird stuff on it.' 'Why are they being weird? Why can't they just be normal?' F*** it. It's just nostalgia. It's like telling painters how to paint. It's not my problem.
We have to stop the oil giants pushing into the Arctic. An oil spill in the Arctic would devastate this region of breath-taking beauty, while burning that oil will only add to the biggest problem we all face, climate change.
[on Atoms for Peace] It's been a weird build-up because in calling it not me - in calling it another thing - people don't necessarily make the connection, which is kind of mad. So it's been sort of like starting again with a band a trying to say to people, "This is this thing." And then I can't really explain it either because it's not really a band.
You just can't take anything for granted - and I'm glad I haven't taken anything from granted because it's sort of like putting on a brand-new face and still expecting people to recognize you. That's how it's felt. And it's an odd situation to just sort of start again without the big Radiohead flag, which guarantees this insane level of scrutiny. It's nice to take it off, but it sort of throws you a bit as well.
I am a 45 yr old Luddite and proud of it.
[on Spotify] The last desperate fart of a dying corpse.
Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government. We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. We don't endorse Netanyahu (Benjamin Netanyahu) any more than Trump (Donald Trump), but we still play in America. Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression.
[fans requesting "Creep" at a concert in Canada] Fuck off, we're tired of it.
When Radiohead first started making records, I discovered, maybe around 'The Bends', that the bit I didn't want to show - the vulnerable bit, the bit that would be on stage and be in these situations and just have to deal with it but didn't want to, the bit that wanted to sing about my own feelings, but was scared - that was the bit that mattered.
"All I have done with my compatriots in my band and in myself, is try and create enough of a space of safety around what we're doing creatively, to carry on feeling free to experiment and be wherever we want to be.
I used to, at least, play a bunch of chords, mumble over the top, send them round to the guys and then they'd find things in them and say, 'That's good, that's good, can we work on that?' Only at that point do I feel I have their permission to connect with it in a different way. Then I can like pick up the mic if someone else has got the music around it, in its most basic form.

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