Thomas Edward Yorke, popularly known as ‘Thom’ Yorke, is an English composer and musician. He is the singer-songwriter of the rock band ‘Radiohead’. Yorke is a multi-faceted musical talent who is not only adept at playing a range of instruments that includes piano, guitar and drums but is also among the most gifted singers with a special gift of falsetto. In a career spanning over three decades, Yorke has become one of the notable singers. Apart from music, he has also been quite vocal about his thoughts on human rights, wars and the environment. Those themes often found their way into the songs that he wrote for ‘Radiohead’ and for his solo albums. Over the years, Yorke has emerged as an extremely free speaking member of the music industry and has spoken at length about some of the latest trends in the industry as well. Here is a collection of some of his views, rants, tirades and thoughts in his own words on music, environment and the world in general. Read through the quotes and sayings by Thom Yorke which have been curated from his writings, songs, lyrics, tweets, interviews and public utterances.
We don't have to stand on a soap-box and preach because hopefully we're channelling it through the new record.
Well, I've been reading a lot about the fifty years since the Second World War, about Western foreign policy and all that. I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes I just think that there's no hope.
Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it.
I think maybe since there isn't a great deal of access to the mainstream media and people don't understand the language of mainstream media, if you put music out there with lyrics that are loosely political, people absorb some of it and spit it back out.
I don't see it in terms of changing things, but rather using language and music as weapons for fighting a mainstream media which is predominately right wing, and loyal to the political framework and its corporate interests.
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.
I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because -suddenly being a parent- I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day.
If we got into a situation where people start burning our records, then bring it on. That's the whole point. The gloaming has begun. We're in the darkness. This has happened before. Go read some history.
It is difficult to make political art work.
My argument would be that I don't think there is much that's genuinely political art that is good art.
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 if the world does turn, and if London burns, I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar. I want to be in a band, when I get to Heaven. Anyone can play guitar, and they won't be a nothing anymore...
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.
I think artists can influence only through making music that challenges people, excites them and flips them out. Music that repeats what you know in ever-decreasing derivation, that's unchallenging and unstimulating, deadens our minds, our imagination and our ability to see beyond the hell we find ourselves in.
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.