Yorke to McCartney: Yeah, thanks, but I think I'll pass
Sir Paul McCartney recently told NME that he once asked Thom Yorke to record a duet with him, but the spiky-haired Radiohead frontman politely turned him down. McCartney told Channel 4's 'T4' program, "My daughter was putting an album together and she put us in touch. I asked Thom to do a duet, but he said he couldn't because he only felt happy working on his own and Radiohead's material."
Yeah, I'm sure that's it. Are you sure it's not because he had visions of this classic 80s duet with the King of Pop? Evidence abounds that Yorke has no problem collaborating with those outside the Radiohead family. PJ Harvey on "This Mess We're In" from Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. Bjork on "I've Seen it All" from Selmasongs . Michael Stipe doing ''"Lucky''" with the band at the Tibetan Freedom concert in 1998 and then Yorke returning the favor during R.E.M.'''s set on ''"Be Mine''" and ''"E-Bow the Letter.''" Plus, UNKLE, Sparklehorse (Yorke literally phoned it in), The Venus in Furs, Modeselektor. Something tells me if it was Charles Thompson making the request, Yorke would giddily be on the next flight to the States. At any rate, it'''s okay, Paul. There'''s always Gruff Rhys. He still owes you for that celery- and carrot-chewing thing you did, don'''t he?