Thom Yorke: We Live In Strange Times (It’s Not My Fault)

Thom Yorke: We Live In Strange Times (It’s Not My Fault)


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,
WELCOME BACK! FOLKS, MY NEXT GUEST IS THE
SINGER AND SONGWRITER OF RADIOHEAD. HIS THIRD SOLO ALBUM IS CALLED
“ANIMA.” PLEASE WELCOME THOM YORKE!( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>HI!>>HI!>>Stephen: FOR DECADES,
YOU’VE BEEN WRITING MUSIC THAT IS UNEASY AND ANXIOUS, WITH
REGARDS TO SOCIETY, OUR GOVERNMENT, TECHNOLOGY, THE
GENERAL DIRECTION OF THE WORLD. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE RIGHT?( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )
( CHEERS )
>>I GUESS I WASN’T THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE. I GUESS I WAS LOOKING AT WHAT
WAS HAPPENING AT THE TIME. IT JUST SEEMED TO GET MORE
OBVIOUS. I THINK IT’S MORE OVERT NOW. I FELT LIKE EVERYTHING I WAS
TALKING ABOUT WAS THERE. WHEN WE WROTE THE ALBUM “HAIL TO
THIEF” THAT SEEMED PRETTY BAD, THAT PERIOD OF TIME, WHEN BUSH
JR. GOT IN. AND THEN NOW WE’RE HERE.( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: THIS IS JUST A
NATURAL EXTENSION OF WHAT CAME BEFORE?>>YEAH, AND IT SEEMS TO HAVE
SPREAD TO OUR COUNTRY AS WELL NOW.>>Stephen: AS SOMEONE– THIS
IS A SINCERE QUESTION BECAUSE I DON’T ENTIRELY UNDERSTAND WHAT’S
GOING ON AND I TRY.>>I DON’T, EITHER.>>Stephen: CAN YOU EXPLAIN
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH BREXIT RIGHT NOTICE AND WHAT’S GOING TO
HAPPEN NEXT?>>YOU CAN TAKE A FEW RANDOM
ELEMENTS. WE ARE IN A POSITION WHERE THE
PRIME MINISTER HAS LIED TO THE QUEEN. THAT’S APPARENTLY NOT SO COOL,
BUT NOTHING’S BEING DONE ABOUT IT.>>Stephen: CAN SHE CHOP OFF
HIS HEAD?>>WELL, NO, APPARENTLY, SHE WAS
ASKING HER AIDES WHETHER SHE COULD GET RID OF HIM.>>Stephen: OH, BECAUSE SHE
HAS TO ACCEPT PARLIAMENT’S RECOMMENDATION OF THE PRIME
MINISTER, RIGHT?>>IT’S– IT’S SO CRAZY AT THE
MOMENT. IT’S– RUMORS COME AND GO, ALL
SORTS OF RUMORS. THAT ONE WAS FLYING BY THE OTHER
DAY.>>Stephen: IT WOULD BE SO
EXCITING TO SEE A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY DO SOMETHING
USEFUL. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>YOU SAID THAT, NOT ME. I CAN’T SAY ANYTHING. I CAN’T SAY– I’M MERELY
COMMENITATING, OBSERVING.>>Stephen: I’M SURE THEY
THROW GREAT PARTIES.>>THE ROYAL FAMILY?>>Stephen: YEAH.>>YEAH.( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: WOULD YOU– WOULD
YOU WANT TO BE KNIGHTED BY THE WAY?>>I THINK I’VE BLOWN THAT
CHANCE.>>Stephen: YOU NEVER KNOW!>>I THINK WHEN– YES, WHEN OUR
CURRENT GLORIOUS LEADER GOT IN, I PUT UP AN OFFENSIVE ENOUGH
MESSAGE TO– YEAH, I’VE GOT NO CHANCE NOTICE.( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: WELL, FOR
AMERICANS– YOU PROBABLY HEAR THIS A FAIR AMOUNT– WE’RE GLAD
TO SEE YOU GUYS MESSING UP OVER THERE.>>WE REALLY ARE.>>Stephen: BECAUSE WE,
OBVIOUSLY, REALLY HAVE SCREWED THE POOCH OVER HERE.>>YOU HAVE AT LEAST A CHANCE TO
GET, YOU KNOW– PUSH HIM OFF THE CLIFF, JUST HIM.>>Stephen: METAPHORICALLY,
METAPHORICALLY, OBJECT OBVIOUSLY.>>WE’RE TIED TO THESE GUYS. THEY’RE TYING US UP, AND THEY’RE
GOING TO TAKE US OFF THE CLIFF WITH THEM. AND AS THEY DO IT, THEY’RE
SAYING IT’S THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE SO IT’S KIND OF
DISTURBING. WE LIVE IN STRANGE TIMES.>>Stephen: YES, YES, WE DO.>>IT’S NOT MY FAULT.>>Stephen: IT’S NOT PUP DID
PREDICT IT. YOU DID PREDICT IT.>>BY ACCIDENT.>>Stephen: YOUR NEW ALBUM,
THIRD SOLO ALBUM IS CALLED “ANIMA.” IT CAME OUT IN JUNE. WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE
TITLE “ANIMA”?>>I FOUND IT IN MY NOTEBOOK. I THINK– IT WAS A PRETTY WORD. I LIKED THE WORD.>>Stephen: THE IDEA OF SORT
OF THE FEMININE SPIRIT, LIKE ANIMOUS.>>EXACTLY. AND IT’S– ITS WHAT VARIOUS
DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS. IT’S USED IN ITALIAN TO REFER TO
THE SOUL. MY PARTNER IS ITALIAN. SO I THINK I PROBABLY HEARD HER
SAYING IT. AND THEN I LOOKED INTO IT. BUT I LIKE THE IDEA PRINCIPALLY
THAT WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN LITTLE ANIMOUS. WE ALL HAVE OUR LITTLE BLACK
MIRRORS, OUR PHONES, AND WE SEND OUR “ANIMAS” OUT TO COMMUNICATE,
AND EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG AND IT COMES BACK. TO ME IT’S SORT OF AN EXPRESSION
OF SOME SORT OF WEIRD DREAM STATE THAT WE’RE CURRENTLY
FINDING OURSELVES IN, WHEREAS REALITY SEEMS TO BE MOVING IN A
DIFFERENT DIRECTION.>>Stephen: SO THE LITTLE
ANIMAS, BITS OF OUR SPIRITS–>>ON A SPIRITUAL LEVEL, AND AN
ANIMAL, GROTESQUE LEVEL, YOUR TWITTER PERSONA.>>Stephen: SPIRITS CAN BE
GROTESQUE, TOO.>>Stephen: SPIRITS CAN BE
GROTESQUE, TOO. YOU DID A SHORT IN SUPPORT OF
THE ALBUM. THIS IS ALSO CALLED “ANIMA.” THIS WAS SHOW THE IN PRAGUE BY
PAUL TOM ANDERSON.>>PRAGUE AND FRANCE.>>Stephen: PRAGUE AND FRAWNS,
THERE YOU GO. WHY PRAGUE?>>THIS SHOT IS QUITE FUNNY.>>Stephen: WHAT IS GOING ON
THERE?>>YOU CAN’T SEE THIS. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THE GATES
WEREN’T WORKING PROPERLY, SO WE HAD TO GET SOME PEOPLE TO, LIKE,
HOLD THE GATES. BECAUSE I COME UP AGAINST THE
GATE, AND IT’S SUPPOSED TO– LIKE THAT. BUT IT WASN’T DOING THAT. WE DRESSED TWO GUYS, TWO
UNSUSPECTING LOCAL GUYS, IN LUMINOUS GREEN THAT THEY CAN CUT
OUT.>>Stephen: A GREEN SCENE.>>GREEN SCENE ONESIES.>>Stephen: THERE ARE MEN IN
THIS PHOTO THAT WE CAN’T SEE?>>THEY WERE TAKEN OUT. THEY’RE BOTH BEHIND– JUST
IMAGINE. I’M PULLING THIS FACE. THERE ARE TWO BIG GUYS WITH
LUMINOUS GREEN ONESIES RIGHT HERE. THIS IS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE OF
LUMINOUS GREEN ONESIES.( LAUGHTER )
SORRY, THAT–>>Stephen: AND IS THIS–
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>THAT’S REQUEST I LOOK LIKE
THAT. THAT’S WHY I LOOK CONFUSED.>>Stephen: AND IS THIS A
RECURRING IMAGE IN YOUR DREAMS THOM YORKE?>>YEAH.>>Stephen: YOU CAN WATCH THE
SHORT FILM “ANIMA” ON NETFLIX AND THOM YORKE IS ON TOUR NOW. DON’T GO AWAY, WE’LL BE BACK BUT
HE WON’T BE. THOM YORKE, THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BEING HERE.

100 comments

  1. What is his favorite REM song??? 1:41 – Sounds like 'South Central Rain' – which is apparently a song by some band named Hem.

  2. Ah leftists. Whenever they lose politically and/or socially they think the world is messed up. Yet, when the left is in power, and the same problems still exist, they ignore that those problems are happening. Mostly, because the media sold out and betrayed them decades ago, yet like a bunch of complete fools, they allow themselves to be continually manipulated by them.

  3. Yes we live in strange times. But why is Yorke collaborating with our worst enemy, the zionists? Only Creeps do such a thing.

  4. 2019
    …the only band that can churn out
    sad, boring, cynical, deep songs…
    and remain GREAT!
    Now, that is GENIUS!

  5. Look at this MKULTRA/monarch shitshow with these mind controlled puppets shitting out the script that was written for them by their CIA handlers. Absolutely disgusting.

  6. Mr. Yorke is the exact opposite personality of Kanye West……
    Both musical geniuses but one thinks he's Jesus!

  7. No Beatles no “this guy”

    But ! He’d been a different guy w music. Just not the same melodies

  8. If you like Radiohead check out the unknown artist Torfi Gunnarsson on SoundCloud. Especially the songs ‘Crossing a stream’ and ‘The Dry Waterfall’

  9. Why can’t these personalities realize that rhe figurehesds are just the masks the face behind it is global banking . Read ‘Giants: the global power elite ‘ by Peter Phillips

  10. We need more Thom Yorks in this world. Never thought he would make it this far. Glad he didn’t turn out as a douche. Creep is a masterpiece.

  11. Holy shit. Stephen's recurring dream just blew my fucking mind. And it's just a little moment in the interview. And here I am tapping my fingers on the table, clack clack clack clack clack, and not quite sure if I will ever be able to sleep soundly again.

  12. Thom- I made a backyard Radiohead album that I could use your input on- here it is:
    https://soundcloud.com/senselesspoet/the-motion-picture-a-moon-above-your-head-full-album

  13. My ex-fiance got us tickets to a Radiohead concert for my birthday back in 2014 and I was beyond excited. Unfortunately – and at no fault to the band – from an acoustic/technical standpoint it was one of the worst concerts I've ever attended. The PA system was cranked to 11, and you could barely understand what Thom was singing (like someone trying to sing with a handful of marbles in their mouth). Still enjoyed it, but would really like to see them in a venue worthy of their remarkable talent.

    Great interview, but it weird seeing Thom on a late-night show.

  14. Are you kidding me?! Thom! You are a genius, we love you. This is a pure living treasure, I can't believe he went on a late show, he overcame his shyness eventually

  15. SELLOUT
    UNFORTUNATELY
    He’s not half as important a musical figure as he thinks he is or is perceived by critics & fans

  16. I love Tom Yorke. But why do people give Obama a pass?? Did he not drop bombs and invade defenceless countries for American imperialism? Don't be a sheep and just hate Bush and Trump. What about Clinton and Obama?? American politics is as hypocritical as it gets. Wake up idiots. They just want a media darling in office to fool you.

  17. I always liked a lot about Thom that he doesn't take himself seriously. Complete opposite of douches like Kanye West and others.

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