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Thom Yorke chats w/ Alec Baldwin on podcast

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AB: Shell just pulled out, didn’t it?

TY: Yeah, that’s right. I don’t think that’s entirely down to us, but I think it definitely helped that we were making their life extremely difficult everywhere they turned. But the challenge now is to turn the Arctic into a reserve so it can’t happen. Because what that was going to do was create this gold rush – oil rush – up there, which was just gonna be insane, and this at the same time when the ice is melting. Basically they only started considering it was a possibility because the ice was melting and they thought, ‘Okay, great. Maybe we’ve got a better chance at drilling.’ Which is like –

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On Yorke’s son’s musical talents:

TY: My son is a great drummer, but I don’t know if he’ll want to do that forever or not. He’s like not bothered really, which is cool. He just – he comes and hangs out with me when I’m working in my studio. We just hang out, you know. We’re friends. But I don’t think, you know, there’s no burning ambition to be a musician or anything really, even though he’s really good. He does it for pleasure. I mean at that age that’s good, right?

On hanging out with celebrities:

TY: That never appealed. I don’t hang out with people because they are who they are necessarily, unless I’m a big admirer of them. Like I mean, I stalked Ed Norton for ages until eventually he gave in.

AB: Why?

TY: Because I’m a big admirer of him. I think he’s brilliant. So I hang out with him a bit occasionally. And Flea, I’ve always really admired Flea anyway, so even before it became an issue of sort of playing with him.

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For the whole interview and transcript go to: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/heresthething/2013/apr/01/


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