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Flea Taught Thom Yorke How To Surf

February 25, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with The Guardian, Thom Yorke said that Flea taught him how to surf, even if he is still “pretty crap at it.” Here are highlights:

On trying new things: “I used always to try to force things, in the studio. But it’s like, you can sit out there on a board for ages waiting for the right wave to come along. You can’t get angry about it. You know it will happen eventually and you start to understand the waiting itself might be part of it. Part of the fun… “

On if he’s pulling songs from different places than earlier in his career: “I would hope my ideas are from a different place because my life has changed quite a lot in 20-odd years of doing this! I would hope they’ve changed as the times have changed. Though I still pull ideas from my notebooks, the songs have changed in the same way that the sounds and musical instruments and techniques that turn me on have changed. The way I find the forms or chords or samples that I think vocals could come out of is extremely random. Fumbling around in the dark. Every now and again a new type of light shines on what you have and what you will have… then it will move on. And you’re back in the dark.”

On if any old unrecorded material will ever be released: “I don’t think there are that many, but if you ask others in the band they’d probably disagree. The problem is never what to work on, it’s how to work on it. And all getting in the same room. And the wind being in the right direction. And still liking whatever tune and connecting with it. I think a lot of tunes can suffer from being so simple, so either they get over-complicated or their simplicity means the simple way to lay them down becomes the difficulty. It’s daft, I know, but that’s how it be. But yes, finally to nail them, we would all love that as much as you guys who have heard them over the years.”

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