Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke


Thom Yorke (born 7.10.1968)

Thom Yorke is the lead singer of Radiohead, an alternative rock band from Oxford, England. He has also released his own solo music.

Thom Yorke: Childhood

Thom Yorke was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He was born with his left eye shut and underwent numerous operations as a child, which eventually left him with a drooping eyelid.

The Yorke family moved often, due to his father's work. At the many schools that he attended, Yorke was often teased because of his eye condition. Eventually, the family settled in Oxfordshire.

At the age of seven, Yorke was given his first guitar. He was a fan of Brian May, the guitarist of Queen. By 11, Yorke had formed his first band and started writing songs.

It was at Abingdon school that Thom Yorke met Phil Selway, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood and Jonny Greenwood, with whom he would form Radiohead.

Originally, the band was called On A Friday. In 1988, the band took a break when Yorke attended university in Exeter, where he would DJ and briefly joined a band called The Headless Chickens.

Thom Yorke: Music Career

In 1991, On A Friday's music activity was resumed and the band moved to Oxford. They were shortly signed to Parlophone and changed their name to Radiohead. When their single 'Creep' was released, it became a worldwide hit, followed up by their debut album Pablo Honey.

Following the release of their second album, The Bends, R.E.M. selected Radiohead to open for them on their European tour. Thom Yorke became particularly good friends with Michael Stipe.

Following the release of OK Computer, their third album, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood collaborated on the soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine (which starred Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Eddie Izzard), under the pseudonym Venus In Furs. Suede's Bernard Butler was also in the band, who performed covers of Roxy Music songs.

Radiohead's music has become increasingly experimental, with the release of their next three albums, Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief.

Their seventh album, In Rainbows hit headlines for the unique way in which it was released. The album was made available as a digital download, with an online pay button which allowed the purchaser to pay as much or as little as they like for the album.

Thom Yorke's debut solo album, The Eraser, was released in 2006. Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich was on board as producer for the album, and the cover's artwork was done by Stanley Donwood. The album was released by XL Recordings and was shortlisted for that year's Mercury Music Prize, as well as receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.

Although Thom Yorke rarely performs solo, he did open the main stage on the Sunday at 2009's Latitude Festival. The performance received a mixed response.

Thom Yorke has often collaborated with other musicians. In 2000, he appeared a number of times on PJ Harvey's Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea. The album won that year's Mercury Music Prize.

Yorke has twice recorded with Bjork - once on 'I've Seen It All' and again on 'Nattura'.

In 1998, Thom Yorke collaborated with DJ Shadow on 'Rabbit in Your Headlights' and in 2007, he sang on 'The White Flash' by Modeselektor.

Thom Yorke: Personal Life

Thom Yorke is in a long-standing relationship with Rachel Owen, whom he met whilst at Exeter University (Owen studied fine art and printmaking). Yorke and Owen have two children together, Noah (b. 2001) and Agnes (b. 2004).

Thom's brother, Andy, was in the band the Unbelievable Truth, who had brief success in the 1990s.

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Thom Yorke at the LA premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie is the second film in the new 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy, following 2015's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and eighth film in the series altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th December 2017

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Radiohead Defend Israel Gig

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Radiohead's Philip Selway thinks it was the ''right decision'' to play their controversial Israel gig last month.

The 'Creep' rockers came under fire from a number of famous faces for going ahead with their planned show in Tel Aviv on July 19, but the band's drummer Philip has said he still believes the group did the right thing in their decision not to pull out of the gig.

Asked whether he felt like the band had burned bridges by playing the show, he said: ''I honestly don't know. That wouldn't have been the basis to make our decision to play there. You know, I think we stand by what we have said and that feels like the right decision.''

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Roger Waters Slams 'whining' Thom Yorke

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Roger Waters has slammed Thom Yorke for ''whining'' about Radiohead's controversial Israel concert.

The 48-year-old singer and his band are due to perform in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (19.07.17), and after the planned concert attracted criticism due to Israel's oppression of Palestinians, former Pink Floyd rocker Roger has hit out at the star for complaining about ''feeling insulted''.

Roger - who was one of many musicians to sign an open letter urging the 'Creep' hitmakers to cancel the show - said during an hour-long Facebook Live chat: ''We should observe the picket line. Anybody who's tempted to do that, like our friends in Radiohead, if only they would actually educate themselves.

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Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead at the Inaugural TRNSMT Festival held at Glasgow Green - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Friday 7th July 2017

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Thom Yorke and Radiohead
Thom Yorke and Radiohead
Thom Yorke and Radiohead

Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead perform at Manchester Emirates Stadium - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th July 2017

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Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke

Radiohead headline the Pyramid Stage on the third day at Glastonbury Festival 2017 - Worthy Farm, Mendip, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd June 2017

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Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Radiohead and Thom Yorke

Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Slot Was 'hell'

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Radiohead's first Glastonbury headline slot was ''a form of hell''.

The 'Creep' hitmakers are set to headline the famous English festival on Friday (23.06.17) after having previously performed in the top slot in 1997 and 2003, and have said their first foray into headlining the event 20 years ago put them into ''crisis mode''.

Their performance was riddled with technical difficulties, and guitarist Ed O'Brien has now recalled the moment their ''dream'' was transformed into ''a kind of hell''.

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Thom Yorke Reveals He Almost Walked Off Stage During Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Show

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It was the performance that came to be remembered as their defining moment as a band, but Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has revealed that he very nearly walked off stage during their headline slot at Glastonbury Festival twenty years ago.

The show, which took place a mere fortnight after the release of their masterpiece OK Computer in June 1997, was beset by technical hitches and production issues on the night, but Radiohead nevertheless delivered what is widely regarded to be the best Glasto performance ever, with most people present and watching at home on TV not noticing the problems.

During the encore of the set, Yorke even thanked the crowd for their patience because “all the speakers have been blowing up and stuff”.

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Thom Yorke performs on the first day of the second weekend of Coachella 2017 - Indio, California, United States - Friday 21st April 2017

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Thom Yorke's Ex-Partner Rachel Owen Loses Her Battle With Cancer

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Thom Yorke's former partner Dr Rachel Owen has died at the age of 48 after a long battle with cancer. Her health had been slowly declining over the last year, but she continued to teach as a lecturer at an Oxford college until the very end.

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Rachel Owen, a Retained Lecturer in Italian, photographer and artist, passed away on Sunday (December 18th 2016) according to a bulletin announcement on the Pembroke College Oxford website. Despite her diagnosis of cancer in the last year or so, she carried on teaching and only stopped around two weeks ahead of her death.

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Radiohead Fans Angry And Disappointed As Roundhouse Tickets Sell Out Rapidly

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Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has said that he’s “f***ed off” that thousands of fans have struggled to get hold of tickets for the band’s London shows later this year, with second-hand tickets already changing hands for nearly £4,000 online.

Massive demand for the three nights at London’s intimate Roundhouse venue meant that tickets sold out in under one hour when they went on sale at 9am on Friday (March 18th). The Roundhouse only has a capacity of 3,300, meaning that the total availability of tickets over three nights amounted to less than 10,000.

It will be the first British dates that the legendary indie group has played since they did two nights at the O2 Arena back in 2012 – a venue that has a capacity of 20,000.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Composes Score For Pinter Play On Broadway

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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has written what’s been described as an ‘epic and heartbreaking’ score for an new Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, starring Clive Owen and Eve Best at New York’s Roundabout theatre.

Thom YorkeThom Yorke has composed the score for a production of Old Times on Broadway.

In a statement about the project Yorke said he'd "enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns.”

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Thom Yorke On Cover Of Iranian Sex Manual (Nobody Knows Why)

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Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead, has found himself on the front cover of an Iranian sex manual titled Marital and Sexual Problems in Men. The book was spotted at an Iranian bookstore by journalist Sobhan Hassanvand, who tweeted an image a few days ago.

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Bizarrely, Yorke isn't the only famous person to appear on the cover, with the American literary icon John Updike also pictured. It's unclear why either of the men have found themselves on the cover, other than the fact they both look a little upset. Hassanvand said the guide is aimed at solving sex problems between couples in Iran.

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Jonny Greenwood Talks New Radiohead Album: "We've Changed Our Method"

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There’s always a tingle of anticipation when it comes to a new Radiohead album, and it seems that fans are going to be in for something a bit unexpected next time. Jonny Greenwood, the band’s guitarist, has indicated that the band has “changed our method” again.

In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, conversation turned to the group’s planned follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, the recording process for which has been under way for “a couple of months”.

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead

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Singles Chart To Include Streaming Services

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After a veritable explosion in the usage of online music streaming services over the past few years it has recently been announced that the UK singles chart will incorporate streaming sites into its accumulation of data. Previously, the chart was completed by both physical and online sales but the new-fangled incorporation of streaming services looks set to alter the makeup of the singles chart forever. What’s more, the fact that streaming services are being incorporated highlights a distinct shift in the way consumers are choosing to listen to music- eschewing physical and even digital purchases in favour of instant access to vast archives of music from a myriad of eras and styles.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead has been a vocal critic of streaming services due to royalty issues.

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Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

Date of birth

7th October, 1968








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