As you should know by now Thom Yorke is getting quite some press for the latest Friends of the Earth Climate campaign. It seems not everyone likes to see artists support the good cause… like Mr. Buono for the The Daily Vanguard:
I haven’t really liked Radiohead for years. Sure, they were pretty cool back in high school when I didn’t know as much about what was out there, but now they just put me to sleep. And all that politicking on Hail to the Thief really turned me off. Get over Bush-bashing, for Christ’s sake. It’s so pass�. And to title your album with some lamely ironic stab at someone who’s not even your president? That’s bad art. Kennedy stole the election too, but no one bitches about that.
Anyway, I had pretty much forgotten about them since then, and was enjoying it, too. Then I had the misfortune of reading music news and noticed that Thom Yorke is campaigning extensively in England against global warming. Great, like we need another Bono getting in our face about issues that were tired in the ’90s. And it’s not like “climate change” is something you can campaign against, since it’s going to happen naturally no matter what. So please, artists, concentrate on what you can actually have an impact on, like your art that’s suffering under the weight of your overbearing political messages.
Radiohead news on this day..
- Thom Yorke posts Sunday Drift Office Chart, Jonny Greenwood on Twitter – 2013
- Thom Yorke nominated for Sexiest Vegatarian – 2008
- Stanley Donwood to exhibit new work at Lazarides – 2007
- Limited edition prints of The Eraser artwork – 2006
- Radiohead: 5th Best Live Band of all Time – 2005
- Radiohead win Ivor Novello award [updated] – 2004
- Yeeeeeeeeeehaw! It’s Rodeohead – 2004
- Newsday.com: “Field Day Festival cancelled” – 2003
- Steve Nash on Radiohead – 2003
- Thom Yorke on Jonathan Ross’ radio show – 2003