Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke turned down an offer to sing a duet with legendary Beatles member Paul McCartney, according to NME.com. During an appearance on Channel 4’s T4 program in the UK, McCartney said, “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.”
What the commentators said
Who does Thom Yorke think he is? said MSN Entertainment UK. “You’d think most people would jump at the chance to work with Sir Paul McCartney.” And Yorke could have come up with a better excuse than saying he only felt comfortable working on his own music. He “obviously felt differently back in 2000, when he duetted with PJ Harvey on her song ‘This Mess We’re In.’”
Of course Yorke would “giddily be on the next flight to the States” if someone like Frank Black from the Pixies asked him to record a duet, said Jeff Skruck in Prefixmag.com. But letting McCartney down easy was the smart thing for him to do. Does anyone remember the “classic ’80s duet” McCartney did “with the King of Pop?”
The funny thing is, Yorke’s move will probably only make him seem cooler to his fans, said Spin.com. “Yorke has entered an unmatched level of stardom and artistic recluse.” And his rejection had to sting a little bit for Sir Paul. “I wonder what McCartney paid for In Rainbows?”
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