Atoms for Peace

  • Aired:  09/25/13
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Thom Yorke and Flea explain how they formed their band, Atoms for Peace. (3:50)

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUESTS TONIGHT, VERY EXCITED.

WE HAVE THE LEAD VOCALS FROM RADIO HEAD AND FLEA FROM CHILI

BAND.

PLEASE WELCOME THOM YORKE AND FLEA FROM ATOMS FOR PEACE.

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]>> WHAT IS THAT?

>> STRAIGHT VODKA. >> Jon: THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

I EXPECT NO LESS.

HOW DID -- HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

THAT YOU AND YOU COME TOGETHER?

WHAT IS THE GENESIS OF A BAND SUCH AS THIS?

>> I WAS HANGING OUT BACK STAGE AT ONE OF HIS SHOWS AND HE WAS

TALKING ABOUT A RECORD I DID ON MY OWN CALLED "THE RAZOR."

AND I THOUGHT A FEW MONTHS LATER, I WANT TO TRY TO PLAY IT

LIVE.

I WANT TO GET A BAND TOGETHER.

I E-MAILED YOU AND JOEY AND SOMEMORE FRIENDS AND SAY, DO YOU

WANT TO DO IT?

THEY ALL GOT BACK IN A COUPLE HOURS.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED. >> Jon: AND YOU PUT IT TOGETHER.

>> I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM THOM.

>> Jon: IT'S HARD TO HEAR FROM ROCK STARS.

>> I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL -- >> I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL.

>> I DANCED AROUND THE HOUSE LIKE A HINGED ANIMAL SCREAMING

LIKE -- AND I WENT BACK AND SAID, OH, I'D BE DELIGHTED.

>> Jon: DOES THIS CREATE WITHIN YOUR BAND, IS THERE A SENSE OF

LIKE OH, DO YOU NOT LOVE US ANYMORE?

DO THEY COME TO YOU AND SAY OH, YOU'RE GOING TO USE FLEA?

HE'S GOOD.

[LAUGHTER]LIKE HOW DO YOU BALANCE THAT IN

YOUR OTHER PROJECTS?

>> I THINK IT'S ALL HEALTHY, RIGHT?

IT'S ALL HEALTHY TO FREE RANGE ABIT.

>> Jon: YEAH, I SAY THAT TO MYWIFE.

>> YEAH.

>> IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP BEING IN A

BAND.

>> Jon: IT IS.

I SAW YOU GUYS IN 86, I THINK.

>> FOR 30 YEARS.

WE STARTED 30 YEARS AGO.

>> Jon: THAT'S INCREDIBLE.

[APPLAUSE]INCREDIBLE.

>> BUT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH THOM AND NIGEL AND

JOEY AND PLAY WITH MUSICIANS I RESPECT THAT ARE INTERESTED IN

PUSHING BOUNDARIES AND REACHING FORWARD AND CURIOUS ABOUT NEW

SOUNDS, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

SO I'M JUST HUMBLE. >> Jon: THAT'S GREAT.

LOOK AT YOU.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO GET A NEW GROUP TO GEL?

WHEN YOU HAVE THE MEN, DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR MIND A CERTAIN

SOUND AND A CERTAIN RHYTHM YOU'RE LOOKING FOR OR DO YOU SAY

I LIKE FLEA'S STYLE AND RHYTHM AND I'M GOING TO ADJUST A LITTLE

BIT TO THAT?

HOW DOES THAT COME TOGETHER?

>> IT WAS LIKE I COULD ONLY THINK OF FLEA BECAUSE FLEA PLAYS

BASS LIKE A LEAD INSTRUMENT. >> LIKE NOBODY EVER PLAYED IT.

TREMENDOUS.

>> THAT'S WHAT I REALLY WANTED TO HAPPEN.

WHEN WE GOT TOGETHER, IT WAS ONEOF THOSE THINGS -- IT WAS NO

IDEA.

YOU DON'T KNOW. >> Jon: DID THE WRITING PROCESS

TAKE PLACE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME?

>> WE SORT OF DID IT ON OUR OWN.

BUT THE SOUND CREATED WAS NOT SOMETHING I EXPECTED.

IT WAS REALLY EXCITING.

AN EXPERIMENT THAT WORKED. >> Jon: THAT'S WHAT THIS ALBUM

IS.

YOU'RE GOING TO PLAY TWO SONGS OFF OF THAT FOR US.

>> ONE FROM THAT AND ONE -- >> Jon: ONE FROM THE OLDER ONE.

THEN I MOST LIKELY WILL OFF CAMERA DANCE LIKE A LOSER.

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]WE'LL BE BACK.

ATOMS FOR PEACE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]

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