Episode #38

Thom Yorke

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Monday, April 01, 2013


Thom Yorke (Eliot Lee Hazel)

Thom Yorke, Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman, admits that, even after over 25 years in the business, performing is “either wicked fun or really awful.” He talks with Alec about his pre-show ritual—"I stand on my head for a bit"—and how he and his bandmates have been able to stick together since they were teenagers. 

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [28]


Great interview.
I just thought it was strange when AB asked if Thom's family was musical and Thom forgot to mention his younger brother, who also had a rock band (Unbelievable Truth)!

Jul. 01 2014 01:32 PM
Mystery Brother

Um... you're asking what ever happened to Colin _Greenwood_'s prodigal mystery brother?

I hear little Jonny Greenwood went on to have a pretty successful career...


Dec. 26 2013 01:05 AM
matt from Sacramento, CA

Great Interview. This program has consistently good interviews and some of the subjects I normally wouldn't be drawn to, yet I listen intently. Mr. Baldwin is a pro at this and is able to entertain as he interviews. Question that i would of liked to have been asked: At school Yorke mentioned choosing people for his band. He picked Colin based on the fact that Colin's brother was a musical prodigy. Did Colin's brother pursue music; where did he end up? I am sure there is a Radiohead fan that knows the answer. Thanks.

Dec. 19 2013 07:44 PM
Erica.E from Austin, Texas

This was so great! Fuck it was just brilliant! Thom yorke is a genius.

Nov. 08 2013 09:58 AM

Alec interrupted - cut Thom's sentences off - too much.

Aug. 29 2013 03:21 PM
A.J. Steel from Australia

Really enjoyed this one. Thanks for doing it! :)

Jun. 16 2013 09:02 PM

Mr. Baldwin, your ability to engage the subject of your interview, to draw out tidbits of their personalities and then give them just enough nudge to feel comfortable sharing, is brilliant. This was a fantastic interview.

May. 24 2013 05:34 PM
Jim Briggs from Brooklyn, NY

@Neal from USA - I help mix the show and can answer where the live version of "Everything in Its Right Place" came from. It's last year's (2012) Bonnaroo show that streamed live on Youtube.


Apr. 29 2013 12:05 PM
Paulette Fernandez from Ecuador

Great interview, thankyou Alec and Thom.

Apr. 28 2013 12:56 AM
monomatica from Santa Monica, CA

Love the interview. So so good. Radiohead is my #1 favorite band of all time. Never heard that much great insight from Thom. Love your questions about his singing and creative process, so cool. I'm going to see Atoms for Peace at the Hollywood Bowl and Santa Barbara Bowl this fall, and it'll be interesting to look at Thom and think about him singing from the top of his head! ;-)

Alec, you are terrific at this. Your voice is, obviously, so soothing and wonderful to listen to. Love the wit and humor interjections. Especially love when you do all the spot-on accents and voices. I've downloaded a bunch more of these. Can't wait to listen to the Lena Dunham one next!

Apr. 27 2013 01:35 PM
DB123 from UK

@Neal, it's called Everything In It's Right Place, from the Kid A album.

Good interview!

Apr. 17 2013 04:28 PM
Neal from USA

Great interview, for sure. This is a regular part of my podcast diet.

Question: does anyone know what RH song that is coming in around 15:00 into the podcast? It sounds live, so Shazam isn't picking it up. Would love to hear more of it.

Apr. 17 2013 11:26 AM
Patricia from Weston, FL

Loved the interview like the others. What talent Alec is. I live him on commercials too! Lol

Apr. 17 2013 04:53 AM

Love this podcast - Alec is an engaging interviewer and the interviewees are awesome choices! That said, Alec's gotta watch the interrupting and finishing thoughts or trying to be the center of attention - hold off a little! We love you - show off your guest by listening closely!

Apr. 10 2013 09:06 PM

He was very open and real, which makes for a great interview. Alec, you seemed genuinely interested in what he had to say.

Apr. 07 2013 03:04 PM

Probably one of the best Thom Yorke interviews I've heard (and being a huge fan I've heard/read a lot). Very informative and entertaining, great job.

Apr. 07 2013 12:01 PM
Missamericabywheary from Denver

Fantastic interview-about to listen for the third time.
Thom Yorke to me=Ed Norton to Thom Yorke.

Apr. 06 2013 07:18 PM
okPenny from Westchester, NY

Thanks Alec and Thom for a rare peek inside the mind of a musical genius. The underbelly has spoken! Great interview.

Apr. 06 2013 03:20 PM
kevin from ULS

it's working right now for me,though it was down for a few days. i could still listen however, by clicking on -stream m3u-. i don't know why you are putting this on AB.

Apr. 05 2013 02:17 PM
Sean Standish from Madison WI

To Whom It May Concern: relatively new listener here. Am I the only one who finds that the podcasts don't work half the time? By "not work", I mean, I click on a link to listen, and no sound comes down the pipe. Is you podcast host up to the job here?

Apr. 04 2013 10:13 AM
Lavinia from Austin, Texas

That was the best interview with Thom Yorke that I've ever heard and I've heard several. Alec's questions were great and really brought Thom out. Thank you, Alec!

Apr. 03 2013 03:09 PM
Tomas from Buenos Aires, Argentina

great interview!


Apr. 03 2013 02:12 PM
frederico from Lisbon

Big up for you Alec!! Best interview ever... Priceless.....

Apr. 03 2013 03:54 AM
Brian M. from Seattle, WA

Hands down, one of the best interviews I have ever heard. Alec and Thom work so well together. They both seem like they would make great friends and probably are, that is, if Thom let him in. Alec approached each question in a fantastic, non-cliche way. Thom gave more than enough info. Fans would scour the internet for hours in search of this kind of content. Well done!


Apr. 02 2013 04:38 PM
jef from New Haven, CT USA

Excellent interview, Alec!
Thank you!

Apr. 02 2013 10:47 AM

Baldwin's deft humor worked so well to prompt York along. Thom's quick, lucid,and playful here. Pebble over the waterfall, indeed.

Apr. 02 2013 03:16 AM
sakib from Maryland

reminds me of royal tenenbaums

Apr. 01 2013 06:55 PM
Nacho Man from Stockholm, Sweden

Great interview.

Apr. 01 2013 10:06 AM

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