Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Blames ‘Drunken Car Crash’ For Rock Hall of Fame Absence


Thom Yorke revealed in a new Variety interview he will not attend Radiohead’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on March 29th. Yorke will be in Paris prepping a piece he wrote for the Paris Philharmonic, which will premiere on April 7th.

“I can’t. I know I can’t, because of these piano pieces that I’ve written,” Yorke explained of his absence. “There’s the Paris Philharmonic, so I have to be there for that.”

“The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we’ve always been very blasé about that stuff,” Yorke told Variety. “So, we don’t want to offend anyone. We just think that we just don’t quite understand it. We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool. But we don’t really understand it as English people. I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the U.K. stinks. We grew up with the BRITs, which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don’t want to get involved with. So, yeah, we don’t really know what to make of it.”

Yorke’s track “Suspirium” has been short-listed for a best original song nomination at this year’s Oscars, which he actually seems interested in. “I mean, I hope it gets nominated,” Yorke noted. “That would be great, because it was a year and a half in my life, and I worked bloody hard on it. So, you know, sometimes it’s nice to be recognized. Sometimes, if you understand what it means.”