Thom Yorke: the human side of rock

October 07, 2020 at 08:53 p.m.
Thom Yorke. PHOTO: Twitter @radiohead
Thom Yorke. PHOTO: Twitter @radiohead


Thomas Edward Yorke, better known as Thom Yorke He is a singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, pianist, bassist and leader of one of the most emblematic bands of the XNUMXth century: Radiohead.

Born on 7th October 1968 in Wellingborough, England, he studied fine arts and English literature at the Exeter University; However, he was seduced by the music in 1985 due to a show by the legendary Siouxsie Sioux.

Before becoming the music star we know today, Yorke worked as a DJ and salesman for men's suits during his youth.

He was also an employee of a psychiatric hospital, and participated in the groups Headless Chickens, flickernoise y On a Friday –Which in 1991, six years after its origin, would become Radiohead–.

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Since calling himself as creep In the first great success of the band formed by Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Thom Yorke has been characterized by avoiding the rock star pose and has directed his influence towards social causes.

These involve criticism of the music industry, support for fair trade practices, and an anti-globalization stance.

Yorke debuted as soloist in 2006 with the album The Eraser and formed the group Atoms for Peace in 2010 alongside Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and musicians Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Nigel Godrich.

Yorke's creative vein around the plastic arts has been reflected in the art of his records under the pseudonym of tchok.

Among the most recurring musical influences of the 66th best singer in history according to the magazine Rolling Stone, they enlist: Queen, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, REM, Neil Young, Scott Walker, Magazine, Miles Davis, Ennio Morricone and several others.

All walls are useful if they prevent the roof from falling down: Thom Yorke.

Fun Fact

If you are not a fan of Radiohead, you might like to know that the name of the band comes from a song of the same name on the album. True stories of the american band The talking heads.

A song inspired by the Brazilian Chico Buarque, after David Byrne, leader of the band will listen to a song that includes the term Radio Cabeça, which translated into English is: Radio head.

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