Radiohead frontman has become the latest big name in music to praise teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish.
Following in the footsteps of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl who compared Eilish to Nirvana, Yorke explained that he recently took his daughter to see ‘Bad Guy’ singer perform live.
While he enjoyed the performance, Yorke also explained that he had a slightly awkward run in with singer Sam Smith; a person Yorke offered to as “that guy who did the Bond song we didn’t do.”
“That was a fine moment,” Yorke said in a recent interview with The Times. “We sat down and whats-his-name, the guy who did the Bond film we didn’t do? He stands behind us and I’m sitting with my daughter, her friends, and my girlfriend, when suddenly everyone goes ‘Saaaam!’ I’m, like, ‘Aaaaargh!’”
Yorke’s reference was in connection with 2015 James Bond film Spectre, a project who decided not to use Radiohead’s pre-written song for the opener and instead opted to use Smith’s track ‘Writing’s on the Wall’.
Referring back to the live show, however, Yorke added: “I like Billie Eilish. She’s doing her own thing. Nobody’s telling her what to do.”
With the media furore surrounding her, Eilish is in demand for all major festival bookings and her tour dates will undoubtedly sell out in record time. Yorke’s colleague of the music industry, Dave Grohl, who experienced similar hysteria to when his band Nirvana rose to fame, said that Eilish is the best definition of rock and roll in 2019.
Speaking in conversation with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for an in-depth discussion at PollstarLive’s conference, Grohl said: “My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish,” before adding: “The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991. People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, rock and roll is not close to dead!”
Despite knowing the rising star Eilish, Grohl was quick to somewhat distance himself from rising pop stars and admitted that today’s music is moving at a pace to demanding to keep in touch with: “A lot of the changes in music I don’t understand,” he said. “I don’t know the difference between Pandora and Spotify. I don’t get it. I don’t have the app. Sorry.”