There are few musical artists that can brood with as much mastery as Thom Yorke. Radiohead albums are hailed as being genius works of art and there are few better albums to existentially wallow to than the likes of Kid A and OK Computer.
As a solo artist, Thom Yorke’s music is a little more playful, experimenting with different styles and dance rhythms. Ultimately, his work remains a niche art form for the anxious souls of the world. Although Anima landed on Netflix earlier this year, the notion of Yorke engaging with modern pop culture is still a surprising one.
Nonetheless, the Radiohead icon has confessed to being a Billie Elish fan. He took his daughter to her concert recently and recalled the moment he realized Sam Smith was standing behind him. Speaking with The Times, he said: “We sat down and whats-his-name, the guy who did the Bond film we didn’t do? He stands behind us and I’m sitting with my daughter, her friends, and my girlfriend, when suddenly everyone goes ‘Saaaam!’ I’m, like, ‘Aaaaargh!’”
He continued: “I like Billie Eilish. She’s doing her own thing. Nobody’s telling her what to do.”
And so it is official. Thom Yorke has joined the likes of Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John in declaring himself a fan of the When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? star.
We can only hope that they will one day collaborate on something darker and more depressing than the charts have ever heard before.