Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been discussing the impact Mark E. Smith and The Fall had on his early understanding of music.
Greenwood joined up with Adam Buxton to have a chat on his recent podcast, on it they discussed his first-ever Oscar nomination, with Phantom Thread up for Best Original Score and the “slightly nauseating bromance” he has developed with director Paul Thomas Anderson.
Moving on to music, Greenwood began to open up about the recent death of Fall frontman Mark E. Smith. Smith, who passed away in January, was put to rest in a rather eventful funeral services earlier this week. As he did for many, Smith acted as inspiration to many artists today. On his legacy, Greenwood explained the impact of the Fall during his teenage years: “His voice was completely the voice of my teenage years. More than any other singer, easily. When I think of myself in my bedroom, it’s Mark E. Smith talking or ranting through something.
“I remember walking outside of Oxford Polytechnic and standing outside. [I] could still hear all the music and the songs. I just couldn’t wrap my head around what it was. I wasn’t bored, and I wasn’t frightened. It just knocked me over; it was one of those things. And it ended up getting me addicted to what he was doing.”
Listen to the full conversation, here.