Saturday, December 5, 2015

"I Want to Eat Your Artichoke Heart..." Thom Yorke and Flea Perform "Atoms For Peace" on French Television

I remember how giddily dumbfounded I was back in 2009 when I heard that Thom Yorke was forming the band Atoms For Peace with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich along with drummer Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. I couldn't believe it was happening and I thought it would just be more or less a diversion, a side project. It turned out to be more, and, of course, a wonderful musical / artistic vehicle. The band (they say) was really formed to perform Yorke's 2006 solo album Eraser and Thom Yorke and Flea recently appeared on the French show Le Grand Journal to perform Atoms For Peace from that debut album. According to Stereogum:

"The duo later chatted with the show’s hosts as well as Canadian author Naomi Klein, who wrote The Shock Doctrine and a number of other influential books".

I am searching for clips of the interview because I enjoy hearing Thom and especially Flea talk about just about anything. Hmmmm? I would love to be a fly on the wall when Flea and Thom discuss everything from the Lakers to jazz to world affairs.

Check out the performance below- it will replay in your head many times.
Robb Donker

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