Thom Yorke to contribute to New Moon soundtrack?

by Jonathan on July 19, 2009

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In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, movie director Chris Weitz spilled the beans about the new Twilight sequel, New Moon. Weitz mentions that Thom Yorke is “interested” in contributing to the movie’s soundtrack.

Speaking about the music in New Moon, Weitz revealed that requests have flooded in from bands who want to contribute to the soundtrack; after all, the first Twilight film helped launch alt-rock band Paramore into the pop culture stratosphere. In talks to appear on the soundtrack are none other than Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Kings of Leon.

“Fortunately, I’m not at the stage where I have to turn anybody down yet, because everything is still kind of up in the air,” Weitz shared, “but I am surprised at some of the bands that have said they’re interested. It’s kind of great. The criterion will still always be what’s right for the movie at that given moment, but Thom Yorke is interested; we might, if we’re very lucky, get Kings of Leon to do something… it’s exciting to be able to have access to this kind of talent.”

The L.A. Times also has an interview with Weitz and had this to say:

Driving home from a day of post-production, Weitz says he understands what’s at stake. There are 450 visual effects shots to complete, in addition to the score and the movie’s soundtrack, which he says will feature songs from Radiohead, Muse and Band of Skulls, among others. But the sequences he’s readying for the event — one, an action scene that will feature some of those effects, the other, a love scene sure to elicit hysteria from the crowd — will be done in time.

Obviously this is a rumor and until it is confirmed officially by the band, we’ll treat it as one. We’re a bit skeptical…

Read the full Rotten Tomatoes interview here and the L.A. Times interview here.

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  • natalie

    if they do this I will cry unless they want to be completely main stream they shouldn’t do this..

  • Jc

    oh come on this is an insult for radiohead’s music, besides the books and the movie sucks, please thom york don’t do it!!!!!!!!!!

  • justin

    I really hope this is not the case. A very sad day if this is so.

  • Don’t do it Radiohead! The ‘Twilight’ series is a misogynistic, racist children’s tale that perpetuates myths of mysticism surrounding Native Americans and also weakens the progress women have made in being independent. The main heroine, Bella is completely reliant on Edward’s affection. She throws herself at him and wants him, begs him to inflict violence on her. Please don’t contribute to the soundtrack, this series is everything that’s wrong with Children/Young Adult literature. Bitch Magazine published a great article to this affect in February. For more info on how terrible the series is, visit Thanks.

  • JOBO

    I really hope this is not true. I consider myself a loyal fan, but this might just break my fidelity. I think some of us fans need to set forth an intervention (if this ends up being true).

  • Jesus

    A big and strong NO from Venezuela.

  • Daniel

    Twilight embodies everything that is un-original and definitely lacks any form of innovation. It’s a step above Hannah Montana but only a step.

    I can see EMI doing this but not Radiohead, but then again 15 Step in the first one was a big let down.

    Consider everything, see it Whole.

  • Aaron

    Oh well. It’s not like I’m going to see the movie anyway.

  • Tricia

    Yuck! Don’t do it!

  • Hugh

    when i heard this I actually punched myself in the head… my immediate reaction, I had no control over my body…I just punched my head and did a double facepalm.

    (I had a headache for about 10 minutes after)

    the last time I did that was when my little cousins asked my repeatedly to play “the twilight song” on a road trip…I denied their request and played Kid A instead.

  • Byron

    It just seems so out of character…it would have to be one fantastic movie to get my approval, but it’s not my decision, I’ll back Radiohead through thick and thin

  • shlomer

    this will disappoint.

  • Jess

    please don’t do it
    That movie SUCKS!!

  • Julia

    One more “please no” going out into the stratosphere…

    I have a friend who now only likes Radiohead because 15 Step was in the first movie. I can’t believe anyone in the band has read the books and then consented for their music to be in the film(s?). Twilight seems to go against everything for which Radiohead has stood for over a decade.

  • tony p

    This is exactly why Radiohead fans are fucking elitist snobs, I don’t understand what is the harm of it. Sure, the movie/book has a mainstream audience, but its not like radiohead is gonna change their music just so they can get on the film soundtrack. I also don’t quite understand the fact that people stop being fans just because their favorite band is getting more mainstream, surely shouldnt true fans support the fan no matter what? I for one am excited about the music itself and not about the mainstream bullshit.

  • Julia

    I don’t have any problem with being an elitist snob, personally. I don’t care if people didn’t like Amnesiac or didn’t care about Radiohead until they heard In Rainbows, but I have to say, I do not want the majority of Twilight’s fandom with me at Radiohead shows.

    If Thom Yorke and/or the band writes a new song for New Moon, I’ll buy it. I’ll probably love it. I certainly won’t let it color my opinion of the band overall, but I do have a problem with the values for which the Twilight series stands and I don’t feel that they mesh with the values of Radiohead. But that’s just me.

  • histumness

    Gotta agree with tony p after reading some of these comments. All of you who are talking about not listening to Radiohead anymore if they do this – Jesus, how shallow can you get? And you are aware that Radiohead had two (TWO!) songs on the “Romeo + Juliet” soundtrack, right?

  • Los

    They’ll regret it. Just like when they put Fake Plastic Trees on the Clueless soundtrack.

  • SirFIl

    I don0t like the movie,of course…But, if Thom Yorke is going to creat the soundtrack, at least he can ad a good think to the lamme film…

    I’m not sad or disapointed with T.Y., and a can’t wait for the release of the soundtrack…at least it’s a good oportunity to ear some new, and i bet, good music.

    They’ll never be mainstream, but in case they do, i’ll suport them always. they are unic

    P.S.: i want to salut the site,and the creators… i like the new image, and its a good place to get some new information about Radiohead.. congratulations and keep up the good work

  • bail bond

    2 cents

  • JaZz

    i really don’t know what to think. but I’m not gonna stop listening to Radiohead if it’s true. If Thom wants to contribute to the soundtrack then so be it. However, i think i’d prefer him not to do it. Only because i can’t stand the no-at-alls and scene kids that love The Twilight Saga as a religon. I’d hate to have to listen to them saying “OMG OMG i LOOOVE Radiohead…ever since Twilight!!” and ONLY liking the songs that come out in the movie without listening to their other genius songs. But as I said it’s his decision.

  • Arles

    I think Thom might have much more important things to do right now, like a new solo album or a new Radiohead album, or BOTH (we can dream!). And, let us remember, Thom was already attached to other movie projects that never really happened. Thom Yorke and Radiohead aren’t “elitists” names anymore, after In Rainbows they really became popular and people just land their names wanting the hype that it brings.

  • Malon

    Ugh. I don’t mind Thom Yorke and Radiohead having their music featured in movies – Analyze was PERFECT for The Prestige. But I really, REALLY don’t want to have to deal with the Twilight fans at concerts who only know of them because they were in such a terrible movie… They’ve already ruined Muse for me, I don’t want them to make listening to Radiohead feel dirty too. :\

  • Samm

    “I went to art college, but when someone says ‘art’ to me now I just think of all this shit down here on Spring Street in all the galleries, and to me that’s not art,” he says. “Pop music actually still does communicate to people directly, whereas art communicates to a select few.” Visibly worked up, he continues. “Except that’s not true, because most talented artists don’t succeed as artists because they’re not ruthless enough or they don’t know the right people. So most creative people end up working in some commercial field, and therefore, by definition, a lot of what the art world dismisses as commercial work is in fact far more valid as artwork than any of the bullshit they spew on the public in most galleries.” —

    — “We’re very business-minded, but we’re not commercially minded,” Yorke explains. “All the bands we were brought up with – the Smiths, R.E.M, U2 – worked against the commercial thing. It’s never even been an issue within the band, because ultimately, business happens after you’ve done the work. It’s not relative to the work in any way whatsoever.” THOMAS EDWARD YORKE – ROLLING STONE – 1997

  • Sarah

    RE: tony p
    it’s because the twilight series is a disgrace, not because it’s mainstream.

  • Putri

    Wow.. just wow. Never thought Yorke would be interested in Twilight thingy.
    The only thing that i like from this news is that Radiohead will make a new song if they mean it.

  • Pinelopation

    I don’t have any particular problem with “twilight”. I mean, I’ve read all the books but I think it is really sth worth reading.
    And that’s why I please Radiohead not to do it. Their music is just excellent and having “15 step” in the first movie of the saga is more than the saga worths.
    Another reason is that my best friend wouldn’t listen any of their songs until see watched the “twilight” movie and learned that Stephanie Mayer listens to their music, too. So, what I am trying to say is that there are people out there who worship “twilight” and would be ready listen to any kind of music that has to do with it, just because it does so! These people will not be able to see the beauty in Radiohead’s music.

  • Pinelopation

    Sorry. Meant not worthy to read.

  • Ciz

    I will hear ANYTHING Thom Yorke writes and sings, even if it ends up on the Return of Killer Tomatoes soundtrack ! Everything! If the New Moon director loves Yorke, wants him on the soundtrack and was able to convince the man to give a song for the movie, KUDOS to Chris Weitz for having so good taste!

  • esa

    Que desastre!! aún no es nada oficial y ya se están volviendo locos! Radiohead o Thom van hacer lo que ellos quieran y punto. No vale la pena preocuparse, los verdaderos fan seguiremos apoyándolos pase lo que pase, y los que no, seguiran siendo unos tontos.

  • Jeanne Paulin

    I don’t how I should feel right now.
    First, I hate the whole Twilight mass media its getting.
    Second, I sorely can’t wait for LP8.

    But see it in this angle, maybe Radiohead is giving us hints on the new album.
    The question is, why preview it by contributing their music on a movie? A mainstream movie?

    Okay, don’t go all mad at me. I’m just sharing my views about this.

  • Dennis

    A good amount of commenters seem shocked. Is it really that much of a surprise after 15 Steps appeared in the first movie? I don’t like it anymore than the rest of you but it really isn’t that big of a deal.

  • Samm

    People are missing the most important detail: A NEW SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS YEAR!!! A new Yorke song! that’s all that matters to me.

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  • mia

    no no no no no…. and to have one of his songs all ready tied to this mess of a book/ movie series? why thom? why are you contributing to this crap?

  • Ian

    Ugh, the worst part of that was when he said “but Thom Yorke is interested; we might, if we’re very lucky, get Kings of Leon to do something”

    Uh, if Thom is interested, you’re very lucky.

  • Abby

    This is a bit of a let down.
    I honestly hate it when I go to radiohead concerts and strike up conversation with people who don’t even know what they are listening to.
    I have a feeling this will add to that problem.

  • andy yorke

    OH nOOO!!! thom will make a song for the movie, oohh Im gona die, its the end of everything…

    poor little girls, stop being such pussies, radiohead will still make good music so whats the big deal

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