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Thom Yorke “doesn’t care” if David Cameron likes his music

By | Published on Friday 18 January 2013

Thom Yorke

Johnny Marr famously banned David Cameron from liking The Smiths, but Thom Yorke isn’t fussed if the Prime Minister likes Radiohead. Though that doesn’t mean he won’t “sue the shit out of him” at a moment’s notice.

Speaking to Dazed & Confused, Yorke said: “I can’t say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron. But I also equally think, who cares? As long as he doesn’t use it for his election campaigns, I don’t care. I’d sue the living shit out of him if he did [use our music]”.

Of course, while Yorke could sue the Tories if they used his music in a campaign video, under the current system he couldn’t stop them from playing Radiohead tunes at political events, as Dave and his mates could licensed such use of Yorke’s tunes through the collective licensing system.

Musing further on Cameron’s possible liking of his musical output, Yorke added: “I can’t believe he’d like [most recent Radiohead album] ‘King Of Limbs’ much”. But maybe Cameron will like Yorke’s new band, Atoms For Peace. If you’re reading ‘Dave’, you can listen to a 25 minute mixtape of their stuff here.


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