Thom Yorke talks burnout, Glastonbury and Suspiria in 6 Music interview

The Radiohead frontman opens up to Matt Everitt

Thom Yorke gave a radio interview ahead of this year’s Glastonbury performance with Matt Everitt for BBC Radio 6 Music – snippets of which have been published online today (8 June). The segments kick off ‘6 Music Celebrates Radiohead’, which will feature a range of programmes and coverage in anticipation of their headline slot on the Pyramid Stage this year. 20 years ago, the band gave their seminal show on the same stage in 1997.

In the interview, the musician reveals that he thought he couldn’t play at Glastonbury in 1997, and almost walked off during the group’s performance. The show has since been hailed as a historic moment at Glastonbury. Yorke says, “I’d burnt myself out… and the idea of putting myself back; it was a weird time for me… I just needed a break. In fact, we didn’t get one for another year and a bit. By which point, I was pretty much catatonic.”

Yorke also details his new soundtrack for the remake of the cult classic Suspiria, explaining that the experience has been “absolutely terrifying” because he’s “so out of [his] comfort zone”. He reveals that he’s taken inspiration from Greek composer Vangelis.

Furthermore, he discusses his music firsts: “My grandma brought me Mungo Jerry’s In The Summertime. I still love that song!” He also briefly discusses Aphex Twin which you can hear here.

Listen to the snippets below.