Episode #59

Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton says, “Sound is very inspirational to me." And it always has been—Frampton started playing guitar before he was 8 years old. He talks about his musical roots in England, playing in bands like The Preachers and The Herd. At age 14 he was playing at a recording session produced by Bill Wyman, who he says is “sort of like my mentor, my older brother.”

Just eleven years later, Frampton was on stage in San Francisco, recording Frampton Comes Alive—one of the biggest-selling live albums of all times. Frampton also talks about the challenges of his extraordinary achievement: “I don’t think anybody can be ready for that kind of success.”

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. 


Comments [2]

Gary Tompkins from Durham, NC

I heard Here's The Thing for the first time last night on our local NPR station WUNC. Alec interviewed Andrew Luck and Dwight Gooden. These were by far the best sports interviews I have ever heard.

Alec's knowledge of football and the way he relevant questions to Andrew about the mechanics and inside organization of the team was in a word outstanding. This was far beyond the typical superficial quarterback interview.

Alec connected with Dwight in a way I've never heard before. He could identify with substance abuse and family issues in a way that made is seem that they were old friends chatting about very personal experiences.

I don't normally comment to the broadcasters of programs. (In fact this is my 1st time.) However, I found those interviews so engrossing that I feel compelled to write this.

Jan. 27 2014 09:41 AM from Cleveland

Alec Baldwin is a naturally gifted interviewer who intuitively knows when to press hard and when to sit back and listen, and equally important, he knows how to do both. The Frampton-Yorke interviews are a perfect example of his ability to elicit frank discussion and meaningful emotions from seemingly private and wary personalities. In the caring hands of Alec Baldwin, every artist becomes an art object. Bravo. I only wish he interviewed more people, more frequently.

Jan. 24 2014 10:05 AM

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