The future of the music industry, and how to make money from recorded output, remains a hot topic. Radiohead has been one of the foremost bands in the rush to test out new ways of selling albums, and Thom Yorke has now spoken out about his glee at the death of the CD.
Talking to The Believer magazine, Yorke said: “I mean, I always hated CDs. Me and Stanley [Donwood] always hated CDs. Just a fucking nightmare. 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.”
The band released its tribute to World War I veteran Harry Patch yesterday (August 5), and the soldier’s family has given the song a warm reception. “Our family is very touched that Radiohead has reached out to its followers and especially the younger generation through the single that echoes Harry’s interview in 2005,” said Patch’s grandson, Roger Patch.
“Harry loved music,” he said, “and would be 100 per cent behind Radiohead in raising awareness of the suffering of conflict – not least the futility of it – in a way that can also benefit the Legion. It’s a great idea which we support wholeheartedly.” Yorke claims future Radiohead output may be released as a series of EPs instead of full albums—but you’ll need to buy a copy of The Believer to read his full interview.