Radiohead’s Thom York Was Once Asked to Appear On “Strictly Come Dancing”

Thom Yorke performing with Radiohead in 2017. Photo by Danny Payne/REX/Shutterstock (8891801i)

Thom Yorke has revealed that he was once asked to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Radiohead has gained a reputation over the years for making music to wallow to. Their sound is often described as “depressing” although we prefer to use terms like “profound” and “haunting”.

When King of Limbs was released back in 2011, Yorke claimed he wanted to make music “people could dance to”. In the music video for “Lotus Flower,” he busted out his best moves and became the subject of many memes.

Speaking with BBC 6 Music, Shaun Keaveny asked him if he would ever do Strictly or I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!. Yorke then revealed that he had already been asked.

“Oh Strictly,” he exclaimed. “I think they asked me once in the early days of the program. I was like ‘you what’? I’m pretty sure I got the call from the office one day.”

To clarify, Strictly first aired back in 2004. This was a few years after Radiohead released Kid A and Amnesiac. Why Strictly reached out to Yorke at this point is beyond us.

Anyway, here’s a throwback to Yorke busting a move to “Lotus Flower”. Enjoy.