April 23, 2013


Thom Yorke: "Who the F-ck Is Bruno Mars?"

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Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman Thom Yorke does not give too many interviews, and that is a first-world tragedy that needs to be rectified immediately.

Speaking to Rolling Stone with AFP member and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Yorke explained/ridiculed Atoms for Peace's debut album opening at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox.

The latter, released in December of last year, benefited from Amazon's decision to price Mars' MP3s at $1.99 for one day, resulting in two-thirds of Jukebox's 95,000 copies sold that week. Atoms for Peace sold 50,000 copies in the same week.

When Godrich brought up the Amazon special, the two had less-than-kind words for the online giant:

Yorke: Yeah, Bruno Mars. Who the f-ck is Bruno Mars? Sorry. I'll get slandered now.

Godrich: It's apparently Amazon's decision.

Yorke: Amazon f-cks with us every time. They undercut us.

Godrich: They're just trying to get people to their site. It's modern marketing in the dotcom era.

Yorke: So really, it was Number One.

Godrich: That's what I tell my mum, anyway.

The whole thing is worth a read, as the two Brits discuss their love of Los Angeles, how the Simpsons inspired Yorke's Tumblr page and the inevitable "Radiohead update" question.