During the hour-long podcast, Yorke described his writing process as a personal imperative that he can't avoid.
"If you're writing something and you mean it, you can't repeat yourself. To me, I go through my life, come what may, doing stuff because I can't not. It's like, my instinct is to go here, and that's it. I can't do anything about it. that's just how it is," he said. "You can't write . . . stuff to please people. You have to write it because that's what you've got. "
Later, Yorke described signing to EMI while Radiohead were still relatively new to the game.
"We haven't got a clue what we're doing, we just left college. Give us some money for a van, and maybe a little bit of money so we don't have to sleep in the van, and leave us alone for like a year and a half so we can figure this shit out,'" Yorke said. "Unfortunately, about a year into that, we get this meeting with our manager who says, 'Um, "Creep" is a massive hit," in Israel first, then in KROC here [in Los Angeles] and then New York. So you've got to go. And I'm still trying to figure this shit out."
Yorke is currently wrapping a series of shows with Atoms For Peace in London before the band begins its U.S. tour in September.
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This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Thom Yorke Talks About Radiohead's Early Years