Thom Yorke

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Thom Yorke

Born

10/7/1968, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, UK

Birth Name

Thomas Edward Yorke

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Frontman for Radiohead
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Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke, lead singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist of the highly-popular UK alternative band Radiohead, was born on October 7th, 1968, in Wellingborough, England. Thom's father worked as a chemical engineer instruments salesman. During Thom's early years, there were five surgeries in five years performed on…more

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  • Trivia

    • Height: 5ft 6in.

    • Thom Yorke believes the sexiest song ever is Carly Simon's song 'Nobody Does It Better', from the James Bond repetoire. Radiohead has also done a cover of this song by Carly.

    • Thom Yorke and musician Björk both appeared in the same episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, nearly a year after the two musicians wrote the duet 'I've Seen It All'. The song is available on "Selmasongs", the soundtrack for the film 'Dancer in the Dark'.

    • A lot of Radiohead songs are about cars or transport, with negative conotation being put upon the vehicles. This reflects Thom's strong dislike of the modern-day car.

    • Thom owns a shirt which reads, Presse Ne Pas Avaler. It is French, and literally translates to 'Do Not Swallow The Press'. Thom's shirt reflects his opinion of how the public should not believe the Press.

    • Thom oftentimes has an Apple Computers sticker on his guitar during performances.

    • The song 'Planet Telex' was recorded by Thom Yorke and co. after a hard night of drinking and 'assorted' smoking. Thom was so intoxicated that he had to lie on the ground next to a microphone, into which he sang the lyrics. At the time of the recording, Thom named the song 'Planet Xerox', but later changed it to avoid copyright infringement.

    • Thom Yorke drives a Fiat Punto.

    • Thom's first solo album "The Eraser" is set to release in the U.S. on July 11th, 2006, on the independent label XL Recordings. Thom assures the audience that he is not splitting from Radiohead, but simply recording an album of his own.

    • When in grade school, his classmates cruely gave Thom the nick-name Salamander, due to his paralyzed left eye.

    • Thom Yorke lent a quote to his friend, the environmentalist writer George Monbiot's book, 'Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain'.

    • Thom is a close friend of R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe. Oftentimes, they become inspired by eachother's music.

    • The Radiohead song "Creep" was written by Thom Yorke, allegedly, whilst he was in the men's restroom of the Exeter University's student club, The Lemmy. "Creep" follows the antics of a drunk male student who tries to grab the attention of a female that he is attracted to, by following her around. The song ends with the male, who lacks self-confidence, failing to get the girl. Thom usually refers to the male in the third person, but sometimes freely admits to being the male himself.

    • Thom's joined his first band at the age of 11. It was called On A Friday, because that was the only day they could all practice.

    • Thom wrote his first song at the age of 7. It was called "Mushroom Cloud", and the focus of this piece was the cloud formations that follow a nuclear bomb's detonation.

    • Although Thom cannot read music, he can still play drums, piano, acoustic, electric, and bass guitar.

    • Thom dedicated the Radiohead album Amnesiac to his newborn son Noah.

    • The song Paranoid Android off of the album OK Computer is a tribute to Marvin from Douglas Adam's book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Marvin is a depressed robot, nick-named the paranoid android by Zaphod.

    • Thom Yorke is currently married to Rachel Owens, whom he was dating since University. As of 2006, they are still together, raising 5 year-old son Noah, and 2 year-old daughter Agnes.

  • Quotes

    • Thom Yorke: People are born with certain faces, like my father was born with a face that people want to hit.

    • Thom Yorke: The difference between me and Bono is that he's quite happy to go and flatter people to get what he wants and he's very good at it, but I just can't do it. I'd probably end up punching them in the face rather than shaking their hand, so it's best that I stay out of their way.

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