Paul McCartney Star Struck By Thom Yorke?
In a new interview with NME, Paul McCartney revealed that he’d love to work with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but, like an awkward adolescent navigating the wobbly new world of relationships, Macca says he is too nervous to work up the courage to ask him out on a musical date.
While speaking to NME about his upcoming album, McCartney was asked about his modern contemporaries, and who, if anyone, he would consider working with. He responded by name checking musical polymath and Blur/Gorillaz frontman, Damon Albarn, and Radiohead overlord, Thom Yorke, suggesting that his daughter, Stella, had encouraged him to contact Yorke.
In his own words:
“My daughter Stella is very keen. She’s got a project, she keeps saying to me, ‘Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with.’” McCartney says. “I’m a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. ‘Hey Thom, it’s Paul here. What do you fancy, what are you doing? Do you fancy writing something?’ Just in case he says, ‘Er, actually I’m busy’.”
While a Thom Yorke collaboration may not yet be in the works, however, Macca suggested that he’d approach a Bob Dylan collaboration without any hesitation, “There were big rumours a couple of years ago about me and Bob Dylan writing together, and I’ve still got that at the back of my mind. I would like to do it.”
All of this came up amidst McCartney’s promotional campaign for his new album appropriately titled New. New is scheduled for release, both physically and digitally on October 14th, and features production from Mark Ronson and Paul Epworth, among others. It follows Macca’s last studio offering, Kisses on the Bottom, which was released in February of 2012.