Discussing Yorke’s decision to write music that explores political and societal issues, Colbert asks: “How does it feel to be right?” amid the endless sense of anxiety around the topics the Radiohead man has focussed his attentions.
“I guess I wasn’t thinking about the future, I guess I was looking at what was happening at the time, it just seemed to get more obvious,” Yorke answered.
“It’s more overt now, I just felt everything I wrote about was there. When we wrote the album Hail to the Thief, that seemed pretty bad—that period of time when Bush Jr. got in. And now we’re here.”
After suggesting America’s political problems has now spread over to England, Yorke was asked to try and explain the Brexit situation — to which he pulled the same expression the rest of us do and puffed out his cheeks.
“Well, we’re in a position in which the Prime Minister has lied to the Queen, that’s apparently not so cool but nothing is being done about it.”
Ashed if he would like to be knighted by the Royal Family at one point, Yorke smiles and answers: “I think I’ve blown that chance.
“When our current glorious leader got in, I put in an offensive enough message to, uh—yeah, I’ve got no chance now.”
See the full interview, below.