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Old 04-07-2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke calls the music industry "a bunch of fucking retards" in this week's issue of NME.

The singer has launched a scathing attack on record companies and radio stations as he believes they are only just now looking at the internet for new talent.

Speaking about Arctic Monkeys' rise to fame, Yorke said: "A good thing for new music would be more of the mainstream loosening up a bit and letting stuff through. Radio 1 won't play anything fucking decent. You need to sort the radio out."

He added: "The fact that poor Arctic Monkeys are getting so much attention is purely based on the fact that the mainstream music business is such a bunch of fucking retards as far as I'm concerned."
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did I mention that Thom Yorke is my new hero
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He's totally right.
This is the situation in the UK market, we better not remember the US market one...
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I've been saying this for years, but no one listens to me.
Right on, Thom!
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He's pretty much stating the obvious. What I find more interesting is why anyone would ever expect a record company not to put business interests ahead of everything else.

Let's face it, for 20 some years now packaging has been the way record companies break artists into the mainstream. The tactics have just gotten better and better. These companies know exactly what a targeted audience wants out of their music listening experience and they deliver it.

Music as art has been defeated by business and marketing brilliance. Good old-fashioned capitalism at work. There's no way anytime soon that's gonna change. That's a battle, not even Yorke can win. Maybe the best he can do is to get in there and show the music listening clones there's something better out there.
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yeah, i read this before, good stuff.

odd though, rumour has it that the arctic monkeys are to open for radiohead this year.

i'd never believe it though.
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yeah, i read this before, good stuff.

odd though, rumour has it that the arctic monkeys are to open for radiohead this year.

i'd never believe it though.
well, look whos the regular rumor mill!

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trent reznor said the music industry was a bunch of ass-licking...hang on, the actual quote:

"The Grammys make me hate music, and certainly everyone in the ass-licking music industry."

but i guess you'd expect that from him moreso than mr. yorke.
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oh my god!!!11 thom yorke is so controversial!!!111

i can't believe you guys can't see through him.
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Too true, Thom.

As for this...

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oh my god!!!11 thom yorke is so controversial!!!111

i can't believe you guys can't see through him.
What, exactly, do you see in Thom Yorke? He's only pointing out a very accurate fact of the artistically decrepit mainstream music business.
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oh my god!!!11 thom yorke is so controversial!!!111

i can't believe you guys can't see through him.
lame.
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Re: Thom Yorke calls music industry "retards"

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke calls the music industry "a bunch of fucking retards" in this week's issue of NME.
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ooh he is SO kewl!

what, is he bitter or something?

Yeah so businesspeople are primarily concerned with making money. What fucking retards. I'm shocked.
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The music industry is an easy target. There are entire albums dedicated to bashing it. There's nothing particularly daring or insightful about calling it fucked. It's like calling politicians corrupt.
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The music industry is an easy target. There are entire albums dedicated to bashing it. There's nothing particularly daring or insightful about calling it fucked. It's like calling politicians corrupt.

Better than sucking up to it. At least he is calling it what it is.
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