On Thom Yorke

I heard a bit ago that Thom Yorke of Radiohead has given up on creating complete albums, citing “death to the band” as a major reason for the decision. He went on to complain that the creative process is just too painful for a full-length album and that they are better served by just making singles from now on. As someone who struggles to be creative day in and day out and who is diligent despite the void, all I have to say to that is, “SOMEBODY CALL THE GOD DAMN WAAAAHMBULANCE!”

Every OTHER band can make albums without too much trouble, so what’s the big deal here? Furthermore, what about everyone else in the creative field who has to continually produce content for the public? What if THEY reduced their workload just because they didn’t want to “hurt themselves?” Would their audience stand for that? Probably not.

I’m calling shenanigans on this. Thom York is just a lazy bastard. I don’t care if his music is good or not. I can’t respect someone who whines about their lavish career, which nets them millions in a year, when others in the same field work even harder and get hardly the same recognition.

Fucking shit or get off the pot, dude.

  • Sam

    I'm gonna put this out there… Singles, back in the day, were the only things released with one or two B-Sides. I always thought that the pressure to release 9-15 made most artists crank out some pretty iffy stuff just to fill a quota, and after albums began doing so poorly I wondered why artists didn't go back to releasing singles… So in that sense, I am glad that it is happening. However, whiny excuse – not so much a fan.

  • Sam

    I’m gonna put this out there… Singles, back in the day, were the only things released with one or two B-Sides. I always thought that the pressure to release 9-15 made most artists crank out some pretty iffy stuff just to fill a quota, and after albums began doing so poorly I wondered why artists didn’t go back to releasing singles… So in that sense, I am glad that it is happening. However, whiny excuse – not so much a fan.

    • I’ve found that more often than not the bands I listen to tend to come out with some interesting stuff when they stick to the 9-15 track album. Granted, the songs might vary in quality, but it allows the band to explore and conceptualize their songs a bit more than if they were just trying to get a single into the mainstream. More often than not, I find that I tend to like some of these “less-than” tracks to be more interesting than the main single anyway.

      But that’s my music snootery, which you can take or leave, of course. :P

  • I've found that more often than not the bands I listen to tend to come out with some interesting stuff when they stick to the 9-15 track album. Granted, the songs might vary in quality, but it allows the band to explore and conceptualize their songs a bit more than if they were just trying to get a single into the mainstream. More often than not, I find that I tend to like some of these “less-than” tracks to be more interesting than the main single anyway.

    But that's my music snootery, which you can take or leave, of course. :P

  • I've found that more often than not the bands I listen to tend to come out with some interesting stuff when they stick to the 9-15 track album. Granted, the songs might vary in quality, but it allows the band to explore and conceptualize their songs a bit more than if they were just trying to get a single into the mainstream. More often than not, I find that I tend to like some of these “less-than” tracks to be more interesting than the main single anyway.

    But that's my music snootery, which you can take or leave, of course. :P