Thom Yorke: No More Radiohead Albums

Radiohead singer says band is fitter, happier and more productive when not making albums

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009  |  Updated 5:12 AM PDT
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Anyone can play guitar. Radiohead makes albums.

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Say it ain't so, Thom.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke said he's probably done making mind-blowing albums because he can't deal with the emotional toll another drawn-out recording process would exact on his band.

"It'll kill us," Yorke told The Believer magazine, which means 2007's "In Rainbows" could be the band's last album.

"None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again," York said, the New York Daily News first reported. "It worked with 'In Rainbows' because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again."

Going forward, the experimental alt-rockers will likely release songs online one at a time.

Just last week, Radiohead dropped the widely-praised tribute "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," a download-only tune dedicated to the anti-war British World War I veteran of the same name who died at age 111.

Yorke's decision will likely disappoint most Radiohead fans, who will hope the singer might be wrong.

A major part of the band's appeal has been their mastery of the album format. Their third album, "OK Computer," often cited as their best, was nominated for two Grammys in 1998, including Album of the Year. In 2009, the band won Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys for "In Rainbows." 

The band's discography has made many a best-of list.

Which Radiohead album is your favorite?

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