Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: ‘Who The F*** Is Bruno Mars?’
“Who the f**k is Bruno Mars?” Yorke said early in the Rolling Stone Q&A, going on to add, “Sorry. I’ll get slandered now,” when discussing how Atoms for Peace’s debut album, Amok, entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number Two behind Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox when they were released during the same week.
“Bruno Mars had a special on Amazon. That’s why,” offered Yorke’s Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich, referring to Unorthodox Jukebox being sold for only $1.99 during the first week of release.
“Amazon f**ks with us every time,” Yorke added. “They undercut us. So really, it was Number One.”
Yorke and Godrich discuss performing live, recording in Los Angeles and hitting the L.A. club scene, with Yorke raving about the electronic music party Low End Theory, calling it “f**king mental. And such a good camaraderie with the people at the club, because they all know each other. It was really different, not what I was used to. It wasn’t super-clubby – it was just f**king loud and f**king fun, you know?”
Yorke, however, had a much harsher view on mainstream DJ culture and EDM. “If I’m brutally honest, 90 percent of that whole culture, I don’t get on with. I don’t understand it at all, and I find it really bonkers when, you know, like, a promoter in Ibiza is emailing us, saying, ‘Do you want to go?’ And I’m like, ‘No!’”
Revealing that Radiohead will be taking a break from the studio, Yorke said that there is no timetable for when the band will reconvene to make new music.
“We said a year, but I’m sure it’ll probably be slightly longer than that, ’cause I am actually going to have to have a break,” the singer said. “I really haven’t got a clue, which I quite like. We didn’t, like, say, ‘F*** you, I’ll see you whenever.’ But it was quite exciting to actually finally decide to take a proper, proper break. We’d never really done that, not by choice.”
While Radiohead is on hiatus, Atoms for Peace is preparing to embark on a world tour, which lands in America on September 24 when they play in Philadelphia, followed by shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before jetting over to Japan for a string of dates in November.