Thom Yorke explains why he didn’t write the ‘Fight Club’ score: “I was just too f***ed up”
Thom Yorke has been discussing the reasoning behind his decision to turn down the opportunity to score David Fincher film Fight Club.
The film, which famously stars the likes of Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter, has emerged as the ultimate cult classic film whose reputation has grown stronger in the years since its 1999 release.
Given the overlapping themes of the film’s storyline, director Fincher struggled to settle on one specific artist to work alongside on the score and soundtrack. From the offset, the director was targeting musicians with little film score experience as he was concerned that bands with previous score knowledge would struggle to tie the film together.
After initially approaching Thom Yorke as his first choice, Fincher was rebuffed in his attempts after the Radiohead frontman required more time to recover from the heavy stress of promoting the band’s iconic album OK Computer. Discussing the moment in a new interview, Yorke explained: “Got the email. Got the script,” he told The Guardian. “And I was just too fucked up in the head to do it.”
Yorke continued: “I’d just come off tour. I was mentally incapable of even tying my shoes.”
Alternatively, Fincher ended up working alongside LA-based songwriters and producers Dust Brothers. “Fincher wanted to break new ground with everything about the movie, and a nontraditional score helped achieve that,” Dust Brothers performer Michael Simpson explained.