17 Jan 2013

Radiohead to sue Cameron if he uses their songs in campaign

As Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke warns he will “sue the s***” out of David Cameron if his songs are used in his election campaign, Channel 4 News readers submit song titles with a Tory twist.

Radiohead to sue Cameron if he uses their songs in campaign (R)

The reclusive frontman did not mince his words when asked about the Conservative party leader.

“I can’t say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron,” Thom Yorke told Dazed & Confused. “I can’t believe he’d like [our album] King of Limbs much. But I also equally think, who cares?

“As long as he doesn’t use it for his election campaigns, I don’t care. I’d sue the living s*** out of him if he did.”

The singer’s pre-emptive attack on the prime minister is not the first from a musician: in 2010, members of Keane criticised Mr Cameron for using their song Everybody’s Changing during the election campaign.

Yorke himself is no stranger to politics. He has campaigned on social and climate change issues and went to the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009. But he said in the interview that politicis is “not a fun thing” to write about – and clearly wants to distance himself from any political party “electioneering”.

The singer described himself as a workaholic but said he now appreciates the calmer side of life, and does yoga to keep himself mentally balanced. “I do a minimum of an hour’s yoga a day, usually an hour and a half,” he said. “Coming off tour you have this mad adrenalin, so it’s a way of stopping the adrenalin crash. It stops me dropping.”

So what would Radiohead songs sound like when put through the Conservative Party blender? Channel 4 News readers on Twitter had some ideas: