Christopher O’Riley is interviewed in the latest issue of LA Weekly. The interview, focussing on his other musical passion, Elliott Smith, can be found online at LAWeekly.com. Of course, Radiohead are mentioned as well. Here are some bits and pieces:
What do Radiohead think of your work?
I only met Colin and Thom once – a few months after the first record came out. I introduced myself, and Thom immediately said, “We’re all so excited about what you’re doing.” He wanted to know what the classical listeners thought about it, and the influence of classical music on [my renditions]. It wasn’t my task to make a Debussy version of “Subterranean Homesick Alien,” but my hands have been shaped by certain composers. Thom was infinitely self-deprecating at every turn – he said “How To Disappear Completely” is a mediocre song.
What do you want played at your funeral?
“Street Spirit (Fade Out)” by Radiohead – my version of it. Someone’s going to have to learn it.
Oh, and if you’re in the LA area… don’t forget to check Chris out on Thursday, May 26, at UCLA’s Royce Hall to hear some Radiohead and Elliott Smith… the classical way.