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Thom Yorke

Few rock singers of the alternative era were as original or as instantly unforgettable as Thom Yorke, and his band, Radiohead, became one of the biggest acts of the 1990s and 2000s for their challenging and unpredictable music. Early on, Yorke rarely worked outside the band, but he steadily collaborated with a variety of artists, released a pair of low-key solo albums, and briefly led another band, the Afrobeat-inspired Atoms for Peace. Throughout, he worked closely with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

Yorke was born on October 7, 1968, in Wellingborough, England. His left eye was paralyzed from birth and remained shut until the age of six. He underwent a total of five operations; the last operation was botched and he almost lost all sight out of that eye. Only after wearing an eye patch for a year was he able to see, albeit slightly. His family moved often, since his father worked as a chemical-engineering instruments salesman, and by his teens, he had turned to music as an inspiration, namely Elvis Costello, Queen, and the Beatles. After his family finally settled down in Oxford, Yorke was sent to an all-boys school, where he met future Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien and bassist Colin Greenwood, soon after discovering such '80s alternative bands as the Smiths, R.E.M., and the Cure. The seeds of what became Radiohead were planted at this point, as the trio jammed with a drum machine before replacing it with another friend, drummer Phil Selway, and inviting Greenwood's younger multi-instrument playing brother Jonny to join up, too.

The group's original name was On a Friday, before being changed to Radiohead, which they'd swiped from the title of a song on Talking Heads' True Stories. By late 1991, the band was signed to Parlophone in the U.K. and Capitol in the U.S., as an EP, Drill, came and went without much fanfare. Released in 1993, the band's full-length debut, Pablo Honey, appeared to be suffering the same fate, until American radio/MTV made a surprise hit out of the Nirvana-esque alternative anthem "Creep." Radiohead's fan base grew considerably over the course of their next two releases, 1995's The Bends and 1997's OK Computer, the latter being voted Greatest Album of All Time in the British magazine Q shortly after its release. One of the world's top rock bands by this time, Radiohead attempted to alienate their newly found Top 40 audience with their next release, 2000's abstract Kid A, but instead found it debuting at the top of the U.S. charts (despite the absence of a video or single being released from the album).

While Radiohead remained his top priority during the '90s, Yorke also found the time to guest on other bands' recordings as well. Some of these cameo appearances included the songs "El President" by Drugstore (off the album White Magic for Lovers), a cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" with Sparklehorse, "Rabbit in Your Headlights" by UNKLE (Psyence Fiction), Björk's "I've Seen It All" (Selmasongs), and PJ Harvey's "This Mess We're In" (Stories from the Cities). Yorke also appeared as part of the ad hoc alternative supergroup Venus in Furs for the soundtrack to the 1998 glam rock film Velvet Goldmine, lending his vocals to the tracks "2HB," "Ladytron," and "Bitter-Sweet."

In May 2006, Yorke announced an imminent solo album on Radiohead's weblog. The Eraser, made with extensive assistance from Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, was released on XL in July. It debuted inside the Top Ten in the U.K. and U.S., and was also nominated for Britain's Mercury Prize and a Grammy Award in the category of Best Alternative Music Album. Radiohead also surprised fans with a new album when they announced the making of In Rainbows roughly a week before it was released in 2007.

A few years later, Yorke formed the band Atoms for Peace, recruiting Godrich for keyboards and production, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers for bass, Joey Waronker for drums, and Mauro Refosco for percussion. The band played several live dates around the U.S. during 2009 and 2010, and began recording for an album, Amok, that eventually appeared in 2013 (but not before another surprise Radiohead album, 2011's King of Limbs). Upon release, Amok performed well on the charts across the world, although the members' more pressing commitments meant that a successor was not immediately forthcoming. Yorke also provided vocals for tracks by Flying Lotus and Modeselektor, and collaborated on recordings with Burial, Four Tet, and SBTRKT.

Yorke's second solo album arrived as a surprise, much like the first. Following a series of cryptic clues dispersed through social media, Yorke released Tomorrow's Modern Boxes in September 2014. Initially, it was distributed through the torrent service BitTorrent, and then it was made available on vinyl. The eight-song set was another concise, subdued, yet tense set from the Radiohead frontman. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: And It Rained All Night / Skip Divided / Analyse

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Track List: FeelingPulledApartByHorses (Radio Single)

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Track List: Harrowdown Hill

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Track List: Harrowdown Hill (The Bug Remix)/The Clock (Surgeon Remix)/Cymbal Rush (The Field Remix)

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Love the way this intensifies. . .
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What scene was it when this was playing
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Love love love it
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avacolemiles 2
Thanks
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Damn it. No more lyrics. W/ lame shite excuses
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terri_spilde
Ruuuuuuuuuuu u n n n n n n ! ! ! Such a badass song
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liscocola
AMAZING
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Talented!
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Lots of hope full schefulls out there
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He IS a genius- love him!
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+ SmarterSarah , that's Black Swan not 15 step ��
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AMAZING!!! One of my FAVORITE singers of all time... and he's adorable! ;)
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R.o.ll.er.bl a d e . . .
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I'm with emgold84... Thank you Thom!
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Thank you Thom Yorke! I think that's all I gotta say,........ .
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I would have been dead in middle school if these stupid bullshit chain letters meant anything at all aside from uselessness. Stop being children. Enjoy Pandora and stfu! :P
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He's the best
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Great artist
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tamedanimals
don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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tamedanimals
I don't have f6 so I must be doomed. Darn.
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tamedanimals
emilyz949 - shwhat?
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Best 12" vinyl I've ever bought.
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don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Hearing damage, damage
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LOVE
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will get on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5songs in least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this this is scary cuz it actally work
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But I could never reach you!! (Has magical feelings inside)
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Love Thom Yorke!! Awesome singer! And very cute lol.
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Thom yorke is the best! Love this song
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Heartbreakin g song...I play it on loop when I listen to the New Moon soundtrack.. .
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sarahanne80
A lyric by Thom Yorke's album The Eraser describes my feelings of 15 Step being featured on Twilight. This is f**ked up, f**ked up
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I love hearing damage from him its amazing because it actually feels like you have a hearing damage
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jjdmvp7
Its ok to cry, unf:&$ing believable Thom I would do anything to play with you i cant tell you how suttle yet genious you eat all the artichoke hearts with that beat. If you ever come to nor cal look me up jjdmvp@ gmail. com
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no mention of Atoms for Peace in a Thom Yorke bio?
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@fluffybunny 1 4 1 1 I agree.
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I love this song and it was the best song for the part of the movie
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wow oh wow
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I love this song in New Moon !!!
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Despite the fact that I f**king HATE Twilight. This song is genius!
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I love this song
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wow, very powerful
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God Bless our national given right to exercise the First Amendment of the greatest Bill of Rights ever penned, examined, and ratified by extraordinar y persons of good intentions and great ideas. Don't love only what you want to see, but learn to wrap your arms around someone entirely
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Thom Yorke you're one blessed, talented, rockin bad a** vocalist! I love you, your music, your band and this freakin damn song....I could put this one on repeat and never get sick of it....great make-out session song btw :)
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loserelfdrum m e r 8 8
(@ Willow) So long as Yorke keeps creating music that's incredible, he can continue to enjoy the smell, sound, taste, texture, etc. of his own f*rts. The man's a freakin' musical/lyri c a l genius.
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thome yorke is amazing
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ajay3000
Genius
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dang this guy sucks
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love his song hearing damage
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