Thom Yorke did Rookie's "Ask a Grown Man" and it's amazing (video)
The Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman doled out advice to teenage girls with frequent collaborator Nigel Godrich. And it's awesome.
Tue Apr 9 2013
Allow me a personal moment: I was an awkward, mopey teenager (who wasn't?), especially when it came to dealing with boys and crushes. I was far more comfortable reading books and listening to music than talking to people I liked, and subsequently didn't date much.
Musically, Britpop was my preferred genre, and even though Radiohead doesn't fall squarely into that category, it was one of my absolute favorite bands. During the summer of 1997, right after OK Computer came out, I listened to almost nothing but Radiohead (especially the band's 1995 album, The Bends, easily one of the most depressing records of all time), and spent a lot of time mooning over the fact that I didn't have a boyfriend.
Cut to today, 16 years later, and suddenly Radiohead's Thom Yorke is participating in Rookie's "Ask a Grown Man" series, dispensing dating advice and bits of insight about teenage boys, and this is almost too much for me to handle. Worlds are colliding!
But anyway, enough about me: The video is amazing. Yorke and his Atoms for Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich answer reader questions, and offer very sensitive advice on topics like crushes and how to deal with people who don't accept your imperfections. It's worth a watch, whether you're a teenage girl, a former teenage girl, a Radiohead fan or any combination of the three. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to listen to The Bends on repeat again.