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Thom Yorke admits jealousy over Jonny Greenwood's film scores


Thom Yorke has admitted he was “jealous” over Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood’s growing film score career. The Radiohead lead singer, and the man behind the score for film Suspiria, shared his admiration on the radio.

The nod to his bandmate’s skill was given when asked by DJ Phil Taggart on his BBC Radio 1 feature The Chillest show. When asked whether Greenwood’s burgeoning career as film score composer made Yorke’s own jump any easier, the frontman replied: “If I was honest with myself, I was a little bit jealous but felt that I couldn’t [do it] so I never tried.

“Jonny’s just so far ahead – he understands orchestration works, he can read music, he’s studied it all. I mean, he sits there studying scores. For Paul Thomas Anderson’s last film, he went away and read all the scores from the period of the composers of the time. That is not gonna happen with me cos I can’t read music.”

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He continued: “So he’s out there off on his travels and he knows what he’s doing, whereas I’m totally scratching the surface, purely amateur. It stayed like that for a while and then I suddenly found myself committing to do a horror film and then thinking, ‘Well, it’s a horror film, I can just make loads of weird noises. It’ll be fun.’ There was way more to it than that and it was more melodic than that and more adventurous, and I was having to write choral pieces just using my own voice and many, many different things. So I’m a sucker.”

Take a look below at his versions of ‘Suspirium’ taken from the score and Radiohead’s song ‘Everything In Its Right Place’.

[MORE] – Stream Thom Yorke’s score for Suspiria in full here