This is a transcript from an audio recording of the broadcast.
Mark: "Six minutes past
Mark: "And I've got to tell you first of all, if there's any Radiohead fans tuning in, there's a bit of a problem with the Radiohead interview
Mark: "Right, and the problem is, is that they are coming, in fact, they are here, but we can't talk to them because..
Lard: "Because they're hungry
Mark: "Apparently this studio has been transformed into the Radiohead staff canteen
Ed: "(laughs) Mmmm mmmm
Mark: "Thom and Ed, do you want to answer in grunts and then.....
Ed: "Mmmmm mmm
Thom: "Mmmmm mmmm
Mark: "Yeah, ok then
Lard: "Is the food alright?
Ed: "It's great, really good
Mark: "Alright then. It's also nice to see people eating proper food, you know
Ed: "Fish and chips
Mark: "Fish and chips
Thom: "It's the main meal of the day
Mark: "Fish and chips and beans for Ed O'Brien, and what have you got there, Thom?
Lard: "Bit of mash? Carrots?
Thom: "Mash, carrots, and something called Quorn........
Mark: "Is that it? Quorn chilli, right, the vegetarian dish of the day, so anyway, Thom and Ed are here, and we will be talking to them once there's......
[part one of recording ends]
[part two starts]
Mark: "Radiohead, of course, 2+2=5, and that's the current single, and Thom and Ed are with us today, we've got a load of questions to get through, which we will try and press on with when......well, Ed's finished, Thom, have you?
Thom: "Yeah, yeah, yeah
Mark: "Have you? Alright, is that finished? You've not left a very clean plate there, Yorke!
(Ed and Thom laugh)
Lard: "I say, Thom you'll get into big trouble
Lard: "Take you to the tuck shop later
Mark: "Take you to the tuck shop
Lard: "The tuck shop
Mark: "Right, Sarah Broad in Hartlepool has been on saying: Can you do a shout out for my boyfriend, his name is Chris and he is due to celebrate another birthday on Monday, and as a treat we're going to see Radiohead on Sunday at the Telewest Arena. It would make his day if Lard could do a birthday shout in the style of Thom Yorke
Lard: "(sings in a high voice) Biggedy biggedy bong!
[part two ends]
[part four begins]
Mark: "Fifty Cent and In The Club, do you like that one, Thom?
Thom: "I did, yeah, I really like that tune
Mark: "Someone told me that your favourite record of the year so far was Outkast and Hey Ya
Thom: "Yeah, the single, definitely, is like well that should be number one everywhere, all around the world, know what I mean?
Mark: "I'm sure it will be actually
Mark: "Another question, who's this one from?, Oh yeah, Smoth on Altrincham said: As Radiohead have now transcended most musical......
[part four ends]
[part five begins]
Mark: "Where do you stand on the rugbo issue, Ed, Thom? Are you interested, or.....
Ed: "I'm interested, Phil's very interested, erm....
Mark: "Right. Stinker Selway?
Ed: "Stinker Selway, yeah (laughs). Er...we're going to win
Ed: "Yeah, we're going to......we're going to murder them in their own backyard, boys
Mark: "I do feel that we are
Lard: "We're being optimistic
Mark: "Thom, does rugby do anything for you?
Thom: "No, I don't know anything about it, I'm sorry
Mark: "Well, England are playing Australia tomorrow
Thom: "Are they?
Mark: "Would you like England to win?
Thom: "Yeah, that would be good, wouldn't it?
Mark: "Well there you go, you see, we're all.....
Lard: "That's an endorsement
Mark: "Talking about sports though, and about keeping yourselves in perfect condition (TY laughs), what's all this about sweat lodges?
Mark: "I've heard that the latest Radiohead thing is communal saunas, that you sort of like to........the band that sweats together, plays together on stage together is.........no?
Ed: "Who said that? Was that Colin?
Mark: "Well, it was one of you's
Mark: "I don't know, it was.....
Lard: "It was a lie, was it?
Ed: "(laughs) Yeah
Mark: "Was it?
Mark: "I thought you'd been going for native American Indian sort of sweat massages. You're looking sheepish, Ed, I've got to say
Lard: "They do, they all look a bit panic stricken, don't they?
Mark: "Right, and Thom has collapsed into a heap, is there something you want to tell us?
Lard: "No, quite blatantly
Ed: "Well, what can you say?
Mark: "Alright then, we've obviously touched a nerve
Lard: "Yeah, we'll move on
Mark: "That's something to discuss off air
[part five ends]
[part six starts]
Thom: "There's lots of yellow teddies hanging around today
?? - Yeah there was, wasn't there? Pudsey
Mark: "Ah, well, yes. Thom and Ed from Radiohead are here today. Ben in Liverpool says: Is it true you're only going to make EPs in the future instead of albums?
Thom: "We're just talking about doing it for a bit, you know, because we're difficult, awkward.....
Mark: "Yeah, but I mean what........
Thom: "Yeah, it'll be good fun, you know, we could do lots of different things, try lots of different things, and not having to.....
Mark: "Without having to sustain it over a whole album?
Thom: "And not having lots of people scratching their chins......
Mark: "Right (laughs)
Thom: "When we've finished
Mark: "Right, ok then, so just for a laugh. How many EPs, then? A series of how many, do you think?
Ed: "We don't know
Thom: "Knowing us, about forty
Lard: "Why don't you do about four or five and just put them all on one CD?
Thom: "No idea
Mark: "That's an album
Ed: "That's an album
Mark: "Right, yeah ok. Matthew in Newcastle says: Do you sing along to any of your own songs if they're on the radio, whilst you're driving about? (To Ed) I mean you said you heard There There on the radio, and you really enjoyed it
Ed: "Yeah, shamefully, yes I really enjoyed it
Mark: "Well there's nothing wrong. It's good liking your own records, innit?
Ed: "No, no, no, it sounded great, yeah. Er......did I sing along? I probably did, yes
Ed: "Yes, probably
Mark: "Do you, Thom? I mean, do you listen to the records once you've made them, or can you not listen to it for a while?
Thom: "I don't really listen to them, no, not unless......I can't, you know, you have to tie me down, really
Thom: "I've kind of heard them enough by that point. I do listen to something if I need to learn it again and there's no way of learning it any other way, and videos obviously are a bit awful
Mark: "Do you go back to the records when you're going on tour, and say.....and I know our close personal chum, Dave Bowie does that, he listens to his albums and says “that's a good one, I've not done that for ages, we'll play that”
Thom: "Yeah, could do that
Ed: "We could
Ed: "But we don't
Thom: "We haven't done as many records as Mr Bowie
Mark: "I know, I know, but you've done a few good ones though, haven't you? Ben in Gloucester says, this is a big question, “fish fingers or fish cakes?”, which is interesting and topical, because Mr O'Brien has just had a battered cod
Ed: "Yeah, I always preferred fish fingers, fish cakes always.......those Ross fish cakes always had a funny......it wasn't.....there was always some sort of herbal thing going on in there, which didn't really agree, yeah
Mark: "Ah, I see, right, ok, so...... Thom, do you eat fish?
Thom: "Don't eat meat
Mark: "Do you eat fish?
Mark: "Ok, then right, fine, big questions being dealt with here
Mark: "This is the stuff
[part six ends]
[part seven starts]
Mark: "That was Layo and Bushwacka. Fourteen minutes past
Mark: "And we're going to do.......Thom Yorke is going to be doing his live song for us in a short while, yes?
Mark: "You still up for that? Has the food gone down enough? (laughs)
Thom: "Well, (sighs)
Lard: "It will be
Mark: "Ok then
Lard: "Particularly after this item
Mark: "Right, we're going to do a little bit of wine tasting. Do you drink? I mean, who is.... is there....is there a Radiohead drinking club, or are you a very abstemious band these days?
Thom: "Er...I'm still drinking, I'm trying not to, but, you know
Mark: "Right, do you drink, Ed?
Ed: "I have to be honest, I'm not drinking a lot at the moment, no
Mark: "Right, not drink, not a lot, so you can sort of have a couple of beers after the show and toddle off to bed, and not go.....
Ed: "Yeah, but there are.......yeah, yeah
Lard: "You sound quite ashamed of that
Mark: "No, but that's good, that. That's good
Ed: "(laughs), Well, yeah, I mean......yeah, sorry (laughs)
Mark: "I'll take that as a yes
Mark: "Is there anyone in the band who's in the A-list of the Radiohead drinking club, or is there not one really?
Thom: "I think that's me, isn't it?
Mark: "Is it? You're the drinker?
Ed: "He's the boozer
Thom: "Sorry about that
Ed: "Oh yeah
Thom: "No, no
Mark: "No? (To Ed) You're a smoker?
Ed: "Oh yeah
Mark: "Right, ok. What about the others, do they drink and smoke, or are they good clean living people?
Ed: "Yeah.......yeah, yeah (laughs)
Mark: "Right, ok then
Ed: "We could get into trouble (laughs)
Mark: "Right, so we're going to have a wine now, I'll just uncork this, if I may (exaggerated sound of cork popping). Right ok, today it's a Nuneaton Meersteiner, I don't know whether you've heard of......
Ed: "(Sniffs) Mmmmmm
Lard: "Have you not come across that before, lads?
Thom: "(Sniffs) – It's very tangy
Ed: "Has it been on the rider yet?
Mark: "Well, it may be on your rider tomorrow, perhaps. Let's have a.......(long sound of wine being poured) Now then.....
Lard: "That's a big glass
Mark: "Well, it is, you know
Lard: "It is. Don't have it all
Mark: "I mean initially, I would say (sniffs loudly) surprisingly complex, do you think Thom?
[part seven ends]
[part eight starts]
Mark: "....song, Thom after this, is that alright?
Thom: "Er...yeah, give me some notice, why don't you? (laughs)
Mark: "How much notice do you want? Do you want a record to get.....
Thom: "I guess it's not that far away, is it, really?
Mark: "It's not that far away, do you need......
Thom: "Do you want it now?
Mark: "Well, I was just going to give the......yeah. Do you want another record?
Thom: "No, no that's fine
Mark: "No, ok, I'll fill seamlessly by giving out the e-mail address while you get over there. Erm, yes, so if you know what's happening in today's Great Moment In Pop, then give us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org , and the text is 81199
Thom: "Is that it? Was that your fill? Is that all I get?
Mark: "That's it
Lard: "Do you want to do a time check?
Mark: "It's quarter past
Lard: "Two. Come on, Thom, quick, chop chop
Mark: "Thom Yorke is taking from his case a........it's a fine vintage....
Thom: "(strums a chord)
Thom: "(laughs) It's on
Mark: "A fine vintage Martin guitar
Thom: "It works
Mark: "Right, ok. Were you saying it's about like fifty years old that guitar?
Thom: "Yeah, 1940's or something
Mark: "Lovely. It is, it's very nice indeed. What are you going to......
Thom: "It was cheap
Mark: "Well it shouldn't be, you got a steal there, didn't you?
Thom: "Yeah, it was all scratched and stuff
Mark: "Which is what you want
Thom: "And it buzzes, but you won't notice that, it's radio
Mark: "(laughs) Ok, Fair enough. What are you going to play for us?
Thom: "I'm actually going to do a song called Follow Me Around, which isn't really out as yet....
Thom: "...as such, per se
Thom: "Just as I get my foot stool ready (shuffles about)
[part eight ends]
[part nine start]
[Thom plays acoustic version of Follow Me Around]
[part nine ends]
[part ten starts]
Lard: "(claps) Oh, yeah!
Mark: "(claps) Terrific!
Ed: "(claps) Yay!
Lard: "Oh, wow!
Mark: "That sounded.......that sounded really great. Have you got any plans to release that? Is that a newish thing?
Thom: "Well, it's actually been kicking around since...sort of since the heady days of OK Computer
Mark: "Right ok, so we might find that on one of the new EPs at some point?
Thom: "I don't know exactly what to do with it really to be honest
Mark: "Playing it live, or...?
Lard: "I think you'll probably find that on the internet later today
Thom: "Could be
Mark: "(laughs) Brilliant, thanks very much for that
Mark: "And that is Thom Yorke, performing live on the programme, we'll be back with a sort of a quarter of an hour jazz odyssey solo guitar from Ed O'Brien (laughs)
Ed: "Fantastic (laughs)
[Radio 1 jingle plays]
[part ten ends]
[part eleven starts]
Mark: "Julie has been on, and she said: Has Ed ever considered doing a stint on radio, as he has the most delicious radio voice
Ed: "(puts on even deeper voice than usual) Thank you, my dear
Lard: "Oooh la la la!
Mark: "(laughs) There you go. Alright then, Thom's left the room just to calm down after he's been doing the song, which was great, wasn't it?
Lard: "It was fantastic, it really was
Mark: "It was great to see him in action, like you know, hunched over and lost in it
Lard: "Yeah, amazing
Mark: "It was just fantastic to see close up. We now come to another episode of the vintage comedy drama, Thom Yorke's Schooldays
Lard: "Ohhhh yes
Mark: "Which I believe has been aired in the Radiohead camp, hasn't it?
Ed: "Yeah, well we shouldn't talk about it while Thom's out of the room, it didn't go down too well, but, you know
Mark: "Right, yeah well
Lard: "That's why he's left the room
Mark: "Is it? Oh, ok, fair enough then. I mean, it's quite a coincidence to find you know, a classic drama with the same characters names as you in the band, isn't it?
Mark: "Amazing, isn't it? But anyway, here we go with another episode
[part eleven ends]
[part twelve starts]
Mark: ".....who's from Fame Academy, is it?
Mark: "but she... you were saying she was on Jonathan Ross with you?
Mark: "She was? You like her voice, Thom?
Thom: "Yeah, she's got a good voice. Really good voice
Mark: "It wasn't what I was expecting. Is she the one with the sort of spiky hair, and everything?
Mark: "It's not a very spiky record, is it, from someone......
Thom: "Yeah, but she's not very pop star pop star, either, which is great, so she should....yeah, she deserves to do well, but she kind of maybe needs to dislodge herself from the pop star, pop idol thing
Thom: "But that's just my opinion, personally
Mark: "No, that's fine. And before that, it was the Chilli Peppers and Fortune Faded, which is a fine tune. Erm, right, we've got quite a lot to fit in, haven't we, really?
Lard: "We have a bit
Mark: "But Thom and Ed have been with us all throughout the programme, which we're very pleased about, so we'll throw.....a few more questions coming in for you. A question for squire Yorke: As a former resident of the quaint city of Exeter, and spending many of my formative years there, I wondered what Mr Yorke's presiding memory of the city was, while he was at Uni, and what was his favourite watering hole?
Thom: "Ah, there's this club that shut down......no, can't remember what is was called, and I remember doing a show there one night with this band I used to be in....probably we were called The Headless Chickens, at the time, or....though it kept changing, which was probably a good idea.....
Thom: "And it was literally a watering hole, because the ground floor was flooded and we still played, and every time I went up to the mic, I got a shock. It was great, good show that...
Mark: "(laughs) – Right, yeah
Thom: "Good, good
Mark: "With The Headless Chickens. What was your first band called, Ed, can you remember?
Ed: "On A Friday
Mark: "On A Friday, ah, yes of course
Ed: "Seminal band
Thom: "Yeah? (laughs)
Mark: "Chris in Cambridge says: What do you think.....have you heard The Darkness doing Street Spirit?
Mark: "And what did you think of it?
Ed: "It was good, I liked it, you know, it was fun
Mark: "And James in West Sussex says what do you think of the Paul Oakenfold version of Street Spirit?
Ed: "Oh, dear...
Mark: "Sore point?
Mark: "Ok, we'll move on from that (laughs), right, ok then. Thom, a question for Thom: Do you still keep in touch with the two girl members from when Radiohead started up?
Thom: "Actually, yeah we do, one of them's involved with one of the museums in London, isn't she?
Mark: "They're involved with what, sorry? That was a bit of a mumble
Thom: "One of the museums.....I can't remember, Colin knows them still, doesn't he?
Mark: "Oh, ok then, right
Thom: "They're fine, yeah, yeah
Mark: "Can you ask Ed for a “Stop, Carry On” for Swampy at Pinder's in Preston
Ed: "STOP! .........(pauses)...................Carry on
Mark: "Excellent, ok
Lard: "So much more manly than my version
Mark: "(laughs), I know, I know, I was quite scared there. (Ed laughs) Lee in Edinburgh says: Did Bruce Forsyth offer any showbiz words of wisdom in Jonathan Ross' green room?
Ed: "He was brilliant
Thom: "Yeah, he was
Ed: "He was a complete star, he stayed until the end
Thom: "Yeah, everybody else......(laughs)
Ed: "Everyone else.......
Thom: "Legged it (laughs)
Ed: "Buggered off, and he was there at the end, we did photos with him and his wife, and he was....he's a......he's a proper gent
Mark: "Is he?
Thom: "I think his sons were interested or something, is that right?
Ed: "Yeah, his son's a bass player
Thom: "Yeah. What did he write in our books, our signed books that we got from him?
Mark: "Oh, right
Thom: "Was that “keep it up”, or something?
Ed: "Yeah (laughs)
Lard: "Fnar fnar
Ed: "He's great, Brucie
Mark: "Right, James in South Korea, says: I saw Radiohead perform on David Letterman a few weeks ago, and they seemed a little annoyed by the whole thing, was there a reason?
Thom: "(laughs) I'll tell you why, man
Mark: "What was going on there?
Thom: "I'll tell you
Mark: "Well do, yeah
Thom: "In order for Mr Letterman not to break into a sweat, he has the studio at sub-zero temperatures
Mark: "Does he?
Thom: "So our hands went numb (laughs)
Thom: "So there you go
Mark: "Ah, well, fair enough then, you'll need some fingerless mittens on the next tour. Ewart in Poland says: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Mark: "Good. Gemma Varnham, currently in bed with the lurgee at York Uni says: A quick question for Thom and Ed, I wrote a play last year called How To Disappear Completely, will you sue me?
Mark: "I'll take that as a “no” then, right, and Alan Watkins says: Any chance that you're going to play a real hometown gig in Wellingborough?
Ed: "(laughs) No
Thom: "(laughs) Let me get this straight, because I was born in Wellingborough hospital, is that right?
Mark: "He says there's a church hall there, you could play in
Lard: "Worth a try
Thom: "Yep. Maybe in the hospital
Mark: "Alright then, so the gigs are going well. What happens, do you work out a set for each gig separately, are you changing it every night, when do you work it out? Do you know what you're going to play tomorrow now?
Thom: "We don't. It's whatever's giving us the horn that day
Mark: "Right, ok, yeah
Thom: "Mmmm hmm
Mark: "So what, after these dates then, you go straight back into recording these EPs, or are you taking.....
Thom: "Hell, no (laughs)
Mark: "Right, take a break from each other, do some other......because Jonny did his other album in downtime....
Mark: "...didn't he, and everything, so what is it, a break from each other again?
Thom: "Definitely, potter about, yeah, in the wood shed or something
Mark: "Alright then
Thom: "Just do something different, not quite sure, to be honest
Mark: "So you don't know when anything's going to be released, or anything, no plans, no firm plans at the moment?
Thom: "Well, no, because everything's up in the air
Thom: "Absolutely everything's up in the air, so......which is a nice place to be
Mark: "It is a nice place to be
Thom: "It's a nice place to be, isn't it?
Mark: "No, it is, I mean....
Thom: "Floating around
Mark: "I wish, you know, I wish we could say “well, we don't know what we're doing, really”, but we know we'll be back at one o'clock on Monday....well, I say we know...
Lard: "Well, yeah
Thom: "How much do you know? (laughs)
Lard: "Don't take anything for granted
Thom: "We could start swearing now, and everything would be sorted, wouldn't it?
Mark: "Well, you know, I mean it would probably speed up a process that's inevitable....
Mark: "But there you go. Alright then so we'll get to the Great Moments In Pop finale after Linus Loves........well, I've pressed the button, but it didn't start, I'll never get the hang of this......