Radio’s Dead: 7 Local Bands Pay Tribute to Radiohead Leader
Published: November 20, 2013
In anticipation of the Radio’s Dead: A Tribute to Thom Yorke, happening Friday at 502 Bar, the Current spoke with some of the bands on the bill about their love of all things Yorke, as well as their own plans for covering his music. The full lineup is: Phonolux, Last Nighters, Lonely Horse, At War With Dust, Chris Maddin, The Offbeats, Bright Like the Sun.
What was the first Radiohead song you heard?
Nick Long (Lonely Horse singer/guitarist): “There There” was the first. It was a big deal for me when I was going through my divorce. I’d just go in my music room and listen to that record in the dark.
Chris Maddin (Blowing Trees singer/guitarist): I saw the music video for “Paranoid Android” and I begged my mom to take me to Blockbuster Music on Huebner and buy me OK Computer. It changed my life forever.
Miguel Romero (Phonolux guitarist): I’m sure it was in the mid-’90s with “Creep.” But, frankly, it was after listening to OK Computer several years later when I took notice. I remember being like, “Whoa, nobody is doing anything like this right now. This is the next thing.”
What are you planning to cover for the show?
Rob Fernández (vocals/guitar for Last Nighters): We’re going to be doing “Airbag” and “Paranoid Android,” just because they run together so great. And we’ll also be doing “The National Anthem.” Niem (Harris, keyboardist/vocalist) and I play the trombone, and Kendell (Merryman, guitarist) plays the saxophone, so we thought it’d be badass if we could do the horn part.
Romero: We’re playing “Bones,” “Morning Mr. Magpie,” “Bodysnatchers” and “There There.” We realized very quickly that we had to get two other guitarists for this. There’s just so much going on, that you have to have extra help.
Maddin: I’ve done a lot of Radiohead covers on guitar or with a band, but I wanted to switch it up for this show. So I’m planning on doing more the electronic Thom Yorke solo stuff, and some of the electronic Radiohead material.