Radiohead: A Rock Band With a Firm Grasp of Urban Planning


It looks like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke may be reading the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers classic "Theory of Disappearing Traffic" study in his spare time. Here he is talking to the New York Times’ Jon Pareles about the band’s recent digital commerce experiment:

Signing a new major-label contract "would have killed us straight off," he added. "Money makes you numb, as M.I.A. wrote. I mean, it’s tempting to have someone say to you, ‘You will never have to worry about money ever again,’ but no matter how much money someone gives you — what, you’re not going to spend it? You’re not going to find stupid ways to get rid of it? Of course you are. It’s like building roads and expecting there to be less traffic."

  • steely

    Way to go Thom! Now if only we could get the Karma Police to keep cars off sidewalks and out of bike lanes…

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    David Byrne, They Might Be Giants and now Radiohead. The Pretenders. I think I remember one of the members of Steppenwolf recanting “Born to be Wild” on Taken for a Ride.

  • Frank Black (from the Pixies) has a few tunes about urban planning as well: “Ole for Mulholland!”
    Also, Cake “Long Line of Cars” and Weezer “Surf Wax America.”
    Someone should make a mix tape, err, I mean CD.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Nowadays I think the kids call them “playlists”:

  • dave

    And then of course the Kinks ode to the Congress for New Urbanism: The Village Green Preservation Society



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