Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Music Footage Press Quotes RSS


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.

Biography by

Relaxing Tunes To Get You Through The Coronavirus Panic [Playlist]

Thom Yorke Royksopp Moby Goldfrapp Billie Eilish Portishead Low

Whether you're frustrated over the sudden shortage of toilet paper across the UK (we're not sure why stockpiling loo roll is the answer either), or generally just worrying too much about getting sick, it's time that we all took some time to relax. Here are a few tunes to get you through the craziness. 

Photo Credit: PixabayPhoto Credit: Pixabay

Dawn Chorus - Thom Yorke

Continue reading: Relaxing Tunes To Get You Through The Coronavirus Panic [Playlist]

Top 10 Albums Of 2019: The Music That Formed The Soundtrack For A Historic End To A Decade

Billie Eilish FKA Twigs Lewis Capaldi Rammstein Stormzy Charli XCX Lana Del Rey Thom Yorke Nick Cave

We're ready to say goodbye to 2019 now that Christmas is over, but not without reflecting on what has been a wonderful year for the world of music. Whether your a pop lover or you prefer the rock world, whether rap is your life or dance is in your blood, this was a transformative year for sound. Here are the top 10 greatest albums of the last twelve months. 

1. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Best song: Bad Guy

Without doubt the most sonically extraordinary album of this year, 18-year-old Billie Eilish's debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' has united both pop lovers and alternative listeners thanks to its experimental yet infectious ethos. It's naive yet poignant, fun yet deeply unsettling with themes of bravado, drugs, love, climate change and heartbreak woven throughout the poetic lyrics. There's no-one quite like Billie.

Continue reading: Top 10 Albums Of 2019: The Music That Formed The Soundtrack For A Historic End To A Decade

June Favourites 2019: A Month Of Legendary Comebacks From Madonna, Springsteen And More

Thom Yorke Bruce Springsteen Madonna Avicii

This month has been one of absolute nostalgia as we revisit some music icons, some music geniuses, and one music hero who we'll sadly never hear again. Here are seven albums that have been released this month by some of the most capable artists of this generation. Stay tuned for our most anticipated releases of next month...

Avicii - Tim

It's been just over a year since this Swedish DJ (whose real name is Tim Bergling) was taken from us far too soon at the age of just 28. But his posthumous third album Tim shows why he will be remembered for a long time to come. Certainly songs like SOS and Heaven featuring Chris Martin are far more poignant that they were some of his final songs, but they are also genuinely fantastic examples of why he was one of the most iconic producers of his generation.

Continue reading: June Favourites 2019: A Month Of Legendary Comebacks From Madonna, Springsteen And More

Music News Round-Up: Westlife Reunite, David Bowie's Glastonbury, Grammys Voting Overhaul

David Bowie Westlife Kate Bush Thom Yorke


Irish boyband Westlife have called an end to their six-year hiatus and decided to reunite to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s foundation in 1998.

The quartet will be getting back together for a massive stadium tour of the UK in 2019, and not only that, they’ll be returning with new music too. The group’s manager, Louis Walsh, suggested that they had brought Ed Sheeran on board to write songs for a new Westlife album.

Continue reading: Music News Round-Up: Westlife Reunite, David Bowie's Glastonbury, Grammys Voting Overhaul

Thom Yorke Does Fashion House Rag & Bone Film Soundtrack

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke has been experimenting with creating movie soundtracks like his Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood recently, with his latest work being the soundtrack to fashion house Rag & Bone's new short film entitled 'Time of Day'. The score is a mix of various songs from his work with the label campaigns over the years.

Thom Yorke at 'The Last Jedi' premiereThom Yorke at 'The Last Jedi' premiere

'Time of Day' was shot in six weeks by Thimios Bakatakis ('The Lobster', 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer') and stars Kate Mara, Boyd Holbrook, Pom Klementieff, Lakeith Stanfield, Reed Morano, Lake Bell, Jon Hamm and Emma Roberts all going about their day in various areas of New York and Los Angeles.

Continue reading: Thom Yorke Does Fashion House Rag & Bone Film Soundtrack

Music News Round-Up: New Tenacious D, Thom Yorke Listening Parties And Bands F.C. Launch

Tenacious D Thom Yorke Fleetwood Mac Metallica


Comedy music duo Tenacious D have announced their grand return to music after six years away. Comprising comedian Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass, Tenacious D’s new album will be titled Post-Apocalypto.

Produced by John Spiker, the record will also feature Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on drums. It’s available on November 2nd via streaming, CD and translucent green vinyl.

Continue reading: Music News Round-Up: New Tenacious D, Thom Yorke Listening Parties And Bands F.C. Launch

Thom Yorke Performs Rejected Bond Song 'Spectre' Live For The First Time

Thom Yorke Radiohead

It was a historic moment for Radiohead fans in Milan this week when Thom Yorke played the alternative James Bond theme 'Spectre' live for the first time to wrap up his gig. It was a stripped back rendition using only piano, and it's making fans wonder why it was ever rejected in the first place.

Thom Yorke at TRNSMT FestivalThom Yorke at TRNSMT Festival

The Radiohead frontman performed the track as his final encore number during his show at the Fabrique in Milan, Italy on Tuesday (May 29th 2018). It's an incredibly expressive piece that no doubt would have been a great addition to the 2015 'Spectre' film soundtrack, but it was rejected in favour of the slightly more uplifting 'Writing's On The Wall' by Sam Smith.

Continue reading: Thom Yorke Performs Rejected Bond Song 'Spectre' Live For The First Time

Radiohead Defend Israel Gig

Philip Selway Thom Yorke

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.''

Continue reading: Radiohead Defend Israel Gig

Roger Waters Slams 'whining' Thom Yorke

Roger Waters Thom Yorke Ken Loach

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.

Continue reading: Roger Waters Slams 'whining' Thom Yorke

Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Slot Was 'hell'

Radiohead Thom Yorke

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''.

Continue reading: Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Slot Was 'hell'

Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke - Atoms For Peace, featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tuesday 3rd August 2010 at Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan

Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Music Footage Press Quotes RSS

Thom Yorke

Date of birth

7th October, 1968








Thom Yorke Movies