Blogs dutifully exploded when Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke made a somewhat cryptic announcement to the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, dedicating the performance of their new song ‘Supercollider‘ to former White Stripes legend Jack White. However, he said he “can’t tell you why, you’ll find out”.
Of course, the statement started much speculation regarding the hinted-at collaboration between two of the most acclaimed musicians of this decade. Perhaps Yorke is enjoying messing around a bit with the press, taking a feather out of White’s cap, as earlier in his career the Detroit-native fooled the public into thinking that he and White Stripes drummer Meg White were siblings. White has since admitted that Radiohead have recorded new material at his studio in Nashville but insisted that he wasn’t involved in the process and maintained the shroud of secrecy by saying that he “[doesn’t] know how much to tell about it”.
So Yorke and White may or may not be collaborating in the near future, keeping fans anxious to hear the lovechild of two of our generation’s most talented musicians. However, you don’t necessarily have to cryogenically freeze yourself until then to hear new music from them. Take, for instance, Atoms For Peace, Yorke’s side project. The supergroup, which originally got together for live performances of Yorke’s solo album The Eraser and includes Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, is set for a small release on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons label. There are also rumours that they’re working on a full album. Meanwhile, White has also been busy in the post-White-Stripes era. In addition to doing work for his label, Third Man Records, White has recently released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss.
Oh, and if it seems like these bands have been around for ages, that’s because they have. It’s been twenty years now since radiohead’s first hit single ‘Creep’ was first being heard. Believe it or not, the single made many people label the Oxford band as one-hit wonders.
Words: Adam Alexander