Radiohead haben einen neuen Song „Harry Patch (In Memory Of)“ in Gedenken an den kürzlich im Alter von 111 Jahren (!) verstorbenen, letzten britischen Überlebenden des 1. Weltkriegs auf ihre Website zum Download gestellt. Hören kann man den Song im obigen Youtube-Video, runterladen kann man ihn für ein Pfund, der an die Royal British Legion geht. Hier Thom Yorkes Bemerkungen zum Song:
Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111. I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4. The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me. It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death. It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny. I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor.
It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us. I hope we do not forget.
As Harry himself said: "Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims".
Gleichzeitig hat das Believermag Auszüge eines Interviews mit Yorke online gestellt (für das komplette Interview muss man das Magazin kaufen. Hmpf.)
“I’m happy to see the CD format disappear. But what about laser discs?” Yorke facetiously asked The Believer in this revealing talk. Before that joke, though, he was more specific on his opinions of physical formats that hold digital media: “I mean, I always hated CDs. Me and Stanley [Donwood] always hated CDs. Just a fucking nightmare,” he ranted, adding later, “there’s a process of natural selection going on right now. The music business was waiting to die in its current form about twenty years ago. But then, hallelujah, the CD turned up and kept it going for a bit. But basically, it was dead.”
Yorke refused to leak details of Radiohead’s forthcoming release plans, but he did say that they’re flirting with the idea of releasing EPs and singles instead of full albums in the future.