Thom Yorke recalled the time he was too loud to sing ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ at Radiohead and walked off stage.
Jason Thomas Gordon, of the Los Angeles group Kingsize, interviewed the Radiohead singer for The Singers Talk, a new book that collects interviews with some of music’s most iconic solo singers.
In an interview published by Rolling Stone ahead of the book’s publication, Yorke reflected on the moment he “completely lost it” during the band’s encore at Shoreline Amphitheater in the early ’00s.
“We played in San Francisco once at a nice outdoor venue, Shoreline. It was a great show, really, really fun. The crowd was great. So, before the final encore, I smoked a joint with Jonny. [Greenwood]. I went back and started playing “Everything In Its Right Place” and I completely lost it.
“I think I sang the second verse first and then I looked at the keyboard and said, ‘What is this?’ Then I went to sing the next verse and I realized that I had just sung that, and I looked at the others and they were all saying [pone cara de] ‘Get us out of here.’ I was spinning the riff, looking at the audience, and everyone was singing the lyrics, and I was like, “What?” [intenta leer sus labios]. I was so high that I gave up the piano and [levanta las manos en señal de rendición] I left,” he says, laughing.
Elsewhere in the interview, Yorke explained how he came across a Neil Young-like voice and why he cried again while listening to a recording of the Radiohead classic “Fake Plastic Trees”.
In other news, Yorke’s other band, The Smile, released their single “Bending Hectic.”
According to a press release, the new song is not related to any future project, but instead is a solo song that fans are eagerly anticipating. It was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios in London.