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Thom Yorke In His Own Words: Radiohead Frontman’s Best Quotes

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    When Thom Yorke talks, everyone else shuts up. Because whenever the Radiohead frontman opens his mouth, the resulting quote typically dominates the headlines, and not just because he’s leader of one of music’s most illustrious acts. Like Morrissey, Yorke doesn’t hold back, whether the topic is regarding his own band, other people’s bands, or politics of his native UK. Recent, Yorke made waves when he referred to music streaming service Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.” In light of these comments, we’ve compiled a list of Yorke’s 45 greatest quotes, rants, and tirades.

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    “Being in a band is about wreaking revenge on the world. It’s like when you get chucked by your first girlfriend. You just say to yourself: ‘I’m going to be famous one day, and she’ll regret that…'” The Observer, 2000

    “The process of success is like this slow-drying glue that sets around you, that slows you down and gums you up. And while all that’s happening, your own life’s going on at the side of it, with your own relationships and your own experiences and that becomes sort of calcified as well.” The Observer, 2000

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    “I want to be alone and I want people to notice me — both at the same time.” Melody Maker, 1993

    “I tell you what’s really ridiculous: going into a bookstore and there’s all these books about yourself. In a way, it feels like you’re already dead.” Tour Diary, 2003

    “I wake up on a normal day and I go out for a meal with my girlfriend but someone is sitting there watching me for a while. Then he comes up and asks me for my autograph and it’s like ‘Well, yeah, I could give you my autograph but, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to because I’m here with my girlfriend — this is my space and you’re invading it.’ I mean, I don’t want to be seen as malicious or nasty, but it gets to be too much sometimes.” The Trigger, 1995

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    “I hadn’t figured out that bands and girls went together. I went to a boys school, and I didn’t realize that most guys join bands because they wanted to get girls.” Interview Magazine, 2013

    “We’re from England and English people aren’t impressed. There’s this automatic assumption that any degree of success means that you’ve… You’ve cheated. Or you’re full of shit or whatever. We’re fascinated by the fact that in America celebrities live on that higher plate. They’re untouchable. It’s fucking mad.” Meeting People is Easy, 1998

    “Getting everything you want has nothing to do with anything.” Esquire, 2013

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    “It’s easy to be miserable. Being happy is tougher — and cooler.” Alternative Press, 1997

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