New Thom Yorke Track: Hearing Damage

by Jonathan on September 22, 2009

Twilight Thom

After months of rumors, it is now confirmed that Thom is contributing a track to the upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon. The track will be called “Hearing Damage” and will be released with the rest of the soundtrack on October 20. Here’s the full tracklist:

1. Death Cab For Cutie – “Meet Me On The Equinox”
2. Band Of Skulls – “Friends”
3. Thom Yorke – “Hearing Damage”
4. Lykke Li – “Possibility”
5. The Killers – “A White Demon Love Song”
6. Anya Marina – “Satellite Heart”
7. Muse – “I Belong To You (New Moon)”
8. Bon Iver and St. Vincent – “Roslyn”
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Done All Wrong”
10. Hurricane Bells – “Monsters”
11. Sea Wolf – “The Violet Hour”
12. OK Go – “Shooting The Moon”
13. Grizzly Bear – “Slow Life”
14. Editors – “No Sound But The Wind”
15. Alexandre Desplat – “New Moon (The Meadow)”

More information can be found at Rolling Stone, where we also nicked the photo above from. 🙂



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  • Tara

    OMG, Thom’s cheating on Rachel.

  • Colin Thomas

    and Grizzly Bear, too?! This IS a vampire movie. It’s latching on to the young hip & stylish and using it to suck the life out of our children!

    kinda like Madonna

  • Myona

    The pic actually fooled me for like one second as I was like ‘Thom!? What are you *doing*?’
    But I’d ask that even without the picture.

  • Sam

    hahah! people just like to put Thom’s head in everything, poor guy! Pitchfork site put fangs on him.

  • Mel

    Wow… I want to wrap my legs around Thom! 😉

  • Tricia

    Had to do a double-take with that picture. 🙂
    Hope the song is good, and I hope it’s used in a good way.

  • CallmeSarah

    If Thom was “Edward” I would even consider watching the movie! Sweet Thomas, you would put your fangs on me anytime!!! BTW, the soundtrack must be wicked, lots of real talents, they really got a lot of credibility because of this dam good line-up.

  • esa

    O NOOOO!! I don’t like the pic at all!! Please.. eliminate!

  • esa

    And no because I don’t like Thom.. I love Thom… but i think it is more than enough tha they have a song for the movie.. I don’t want to se him IN the movie 🙁

  • Joe

    So are we going to be able to get this song without having to buy the whole soundtrack?

  • laurel

    that pic is just wrong…
    …so wrong

  • DP

    Disappointing, Thom.

  • blamp

    yes, im with most of you guys, that pic is a bit weird. Whats the pic for, the album cover? Is the girl he is with in the film? I haven’t seen the film so haven’t a clue. Though without seeing the film Its easy to tell its a teenagey type vampire film which is okay if you like that sort of thing. The pic is just confusing, perhaps you all know what its about and I dont.
    I can be easily confused sometimes. Ah well, Im sure the song is good

  • This will be good

  • Joice

    Love the picture, Thom looks really gorgeous in it. (and i don’t usually love him for his looks, for all the other stuff, including having a stable relationship)

    I agree with Blamp, someone could tell us about what this picture is about.

  • blamp

    lol perhaps the pic`s been photoshopped. Isn`t Thom’s hair a bit longer than that lately? unless he`s had it cut.
    Or perhaps he`s in the film, decided to become an actor,

  • Skylar.

    This pic is making fun of the movie by putting Thom’s face on one of the main characters, Edward, who is the main ramoantic vampire or something. Haha. Could’ve been photoshopped better, the neck is way too long. Thom ain’t a fucking giraffe.

  • Paul

    i really really really hate twilight and i wish thom wasnt doing a song for the new one…but i suppose it is good to get a song out of it but i agree with Joe, is there any of getting this song withot getting the whole soundtrack?

  • David

    It’s an obvious photoshopped picture. As much as it’s a weird choice for a movie, we should still all just be greatful that we will be getting another Thom Yorke song. It really isn’t a big deal, it’s only a soundtrack. It’s not like he wrote the song about the movie or anything. I just wan’t the actual song to leak already………

  • andy yorke

    that’s my bro!!!!

  • Me

    I’m gonna go cry now. Wow. I can’t believe it. I feel like the life has just been sucked right out of me.

  • MR

    “lol perhaps the pic`s been photoshopped. Isn`t Thom’s hair a bit longer than that lately? unless he`s had it cut.”

    Also, it looks like Thom’s shoulders, chest, hips, and thighs have magically widened.

  • stretch

    you people are fucking retarded if you are taking that picture seriously.

  • Josh

    What the fuck is Thom doing contributing this song to a piece of shit like this. I’m severely disappointed. I would love to know his motives.

  • David

    Wow some of you people are so ridiculous. Who cares what movie he is giving a song to. What are you afraid of? That because his song is on the soundtrack that his credibility will be gone or his talent will suddenly vanish? Sorry there isn’t more environmental movies or cool indie obsolete films for him to give to. I don’t like these movies either but it doesn’t change anyway i look at him. Who cares? If anything I hope he keeps doing it, more songs!

  • The Donkey Punch

    “you people are fucking retarded if you are taking that picture seriously.”

    Well, it’s the internet, so I believe everything I read and see.

    “What the fuck is Thom doing contributing this song to a piece of shit like this. I’m severely disappointed. I would love to know his motives.”

    The Money? The fame? The pootietang? Maybe he knows the musical supervisor or whoever of this film.

    I just hope “Hearing Damage” is worth a damn. Peace out!

  • Tara

    ^
    hahahahahahahahahaha

  • Ghazal

    Great soundtrack, but still a shitty movie!

  • Josh

    David, this doesn’t affect his credibility or talent at all. I never said that. Thom Yorke and Radiohead are a part of my life every day. Their music is amazing. I just find it hard to comprehend that he would make a song for this series and am wondering if there are other motives behind this.

    I’m still allowed to be disappointed though.

  • blamp

    It certainly looks a good album, lots of good bands on there. I can certainly see why Thom wouldn’t mind doing this.
    Is the film really that bad then? Twilight was it? and now New Moon coming up? I never go to Movie`s, being a lone parent, and usually I wait until they come on tv.
    Im not into vampire films myself, but a lot of my younger friends loved it.
    It wouldn’t matter to me if it was good or bad though,if the musics good then that’s cool. A good way to attract more fans to the music.

  • Skylar.

    I see what you’re saying, Blamp, but most of the teenage girls who would buy the soundtrack will only ever listen to that one song by Thom and never explore. I know this from the first Twilight film, going through my lady friends’ iPods. I see Mutemath there! Oh, only the song From Twilight. There’s Muse! Oh, only the song from Twilight.

    And that’s how it works. He won’t gain anything from this, and might lose some upset fans. So why do it?

  • blamp

    yes, i see your point there

  • Skylar.

    So answer my question? 😉

  • swences

    I won’t go on a huge tirade like a did a few weeks ago.

    I would like to say that I’m rather happy that at least in this thread, there are smarter people posting (the disappointed).

    And it’s rather sad that people say things like “I don’t care what his songs are attached to, I’ll still salivate over them”. I guess I wish could care as little about this kind of stuff, but it isn’t happening, and I’m still debating how I’m gonna go from here.

    Perhaps instead of Thom as my favorite musician (for 7 years), I’ll only see him as a person that yeah, I listen to. Too many times I’ve talked about how great and awesome he is, how anti-stupid, anti-twilight his messages were. And now I’m left feeling duped, like an idiot who never knew what the hell he was talking about, (and maybe that’s true).

    Oh well…

    Seems the twilight virus has spread further and deeper than my most pessimistic views, and it’s not only infiltrated this website (check out advertisements to your right), not only public libraries (turning them into something like bookstores), but now this.

    And yes, I know, just because his song is on the soundtrack doesn’t actually mean that he likes the movie. That’s not my problem. How could he not absolutely despise it? Does he not see what it’s doing to kids and young adults? It’s turning brains to mush, leading innocent curiosity to vampires and wizards, and bringing down the reading level to a depressing shameful low. It’s not the only thing affecting kids, but it’s right up there with Reality TV, Manga, britney spears, blah blah blah.

    I mean, if it was just a bad and crappy movie with no following, I’d say, “man, that’s bad taste, only Thom would do this”, but this is different. It’s a fucking pedophile movie?

    But I guess (hope), it’s only terrible in the US (where I’m from), and in the UK it’s nothing to worry about.

    Here’s the last I have to say about it:

    I still think Thom is a musical genius, and I’m certain that he’ll continue cementing his place as one of the most important of all time, along with Radiohead. He is a really good person, saint-like for what he’s done for the environment. But I just can’t hold him up so high anymore. I just can’t swallow Thom adding a song to a movement aimed at destroying the minds of kids and young adults, I really do abhor all that twilight and the like stand for.

    I wish I could laugh it all off, but it just isn’t happening.

  • blamp

    Oh dear, I feel quite ashamed for not caring about the film now. And, sorry Skylar, I didn’t mean it to be such a short reply. (had to fetch son from school) I just gave quick reply saying I see your point as It made sense what you said,I guess I was naive enough to think people would want to find out more about the music, because that’s what I would do,but then I suppose a lot of people out there are just content with whatever s thrown at them.

    But Swences, you`ve convinced me too. I didn’t see the problem before because I knew little about the film . You`ve just frightened the crap out of me, boarding on pedophilia? and don’t get me started on Wizards, (fucking Harry Potter,)
    Ok, you guys have convinced me, I`m beginning to see why most of you on here are against it.

    I don’t watch films much myself and haven’t bothered to find out about this one, which is a bit ignorant on my part, but if young kids are being influenced by this type of stuff then that’s not good
    And I imagine if its bad in the U.S. its bad in the U.K. too.

    Blessings x

  • Pinelopation

    Oh, forget about the picture! I feel so disappointed! Oh, why Thom, WHY?
    @swences: you are SO right…

  • Diana Greenwood

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MMYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!TWO MY FAVOURITE BANDS ARE PLAYING IN THE TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!OH GOSH!!!MUSE AND RADIOHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!YEAH!!!!!!!!I’M SO HAPPPYYYYY!!!!!!!!!DOUBLE HAPPINESSS!!!!!!!!!!the man who made this pic is a DORK!

  • Monty

    I don’t even want to leave a comment here, but I feel like I just can’t stop myself from responding to some of what has been said here. Wow, really people?? Who cares? I mean, I hear the people who dislike this whole Twilight thing, yeah. I’ve never read the books or seen a movie. No need. I know what it’s about, and I’m at a stage in my life where things like that don’t really interest me. But it’s a fad. It’s something that SOME of the youth are into. So what? It’s something they’ll grow out of. “Destroying the minds of kids and young adults”? What? I’m just so confused here.

    I think Swences really just shat all over the whole thing, and made such a big deal out of nothing with their comments. Again, Twilight is not something I’m into, or looking to get into any time soon, but to hear people get sooooo dramatic over their favorite artist (or formerly favorite I guess), doing a song for something so meaningless just frustrates me to no end.

    And this: “Does he not see what it’s doing to kids and young adults? It’s turning brains to mush, leading innocent curiosity to vampires and wizards, and bringing down the reading level to a depressing shameful low”, actually kind of insults me! I’m not going to say “I consider myself an intelligent person” I AM an intelligent person. Very much so, but jeez, I was 15 once too. I spent a lot of my spare time in high school reading about vampires and wizards lol. I read most of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and I’ve only read The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy about 8 times. Wait, wait, before you bash me about comparing Tolkien to Stephenie Meyer, I’m not. Honestly, Rice was great to me back then; I loved it, and Tolkien will always be one of my favorite authors. I’m not comparing them though. What I’m saying is I didn’t get any crazy, mind-opening educational lessons from Tolkien or Rice (esp. Rice). It was just something I was into. I ENJOYED reading them. I recently read the entire Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It was a decent story. It was Stephen King lol. Did it turn my brain to mush? Or did it turn me into a wonderful, well rounded individual doing nothing but caring for how I would try to change the shape of things to come for all of humanity, and what our future holds? Well, neither. I just enjoyed reading it. Much like I’m sure these kids enjoy reading these fantasy tales and watching these movies. Wow, in my frustration I’m getting a bit lost here. My point was it’s a fad.

    What kind of ridiculous things were you into Swense when you were a child??? I mean, I was into G.I. Joe, and Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Batman, and Star Wars! I still grew up with a GREAT education. I grew up with a wonderful family, and I’m a 28 year old man living a great life as we speak. These things made my youth enjoyable to a certain extent, but they didn’t change me, or screw me up with their lack of educational content. It was just something that a child, or young adult, could get into. Simple as that. I guess without even knowing it I just defended this Twilight craze. I don’t care. To me it’s the exact same crap that fascinated ME as a child. Why fight it? Is it because we, as lovers of the music of Radiohead and Thom Yorke don’t buy into it and feel like they shouldn’t either? Who cares??

    Does anyone really know WHY Thom decided to contribute this track (this one track)? Do ANY of you know WHY he did that? No, you don’t. Neither do I. I will say though, if it’s because he was asked to contribute a track for a decent payment…..good for him. That’s what he does for a living. He makes music. That’s how he pays his bills, feeds himself, his girlfriend and his children. It’s how he is able to spend more time (aside from his work in other various fields) writing music. Music that we’ve all adored for years and years. This is this man’s bread and butter. So fucking stupid for people to question the guys motives. Just let it be.

    People who write shit like this:

    ” I guess I wish could care as little about this kind of stuff, but it isn’t happening, and I’m still debating how I’m gonna go from here.

    Perhaps instead of Thom as my favorite musician (for 7 years), I’ll only see him as a person that yeah, I listen to. Too many times I’ve talked about how great and awesome he is, how anti-stupid, anti-twilight his messages were. And now I’m left feeling duped, like an idiot who never knew what the hell he was talking about, (and maybe that’s true).”

    ….make me just a bit upset. SO many people have spoken up in such a negative manner about this utterly silly event that I guess I felt I had to at least say SOMETHING. It’s sad because yes, Radiohead IS one of the best, most creative, groundbreaking, influential, eye and ear opening, genius bands of all time. To think that I’ve shared my passion, for so many years, with idiots so quick to pass judgment, so quick to throw those beautiful ideas and realizations away, so quick to dismiss their love for these musicians, and so quick to openly insult them and spread that hate over something so meaningless as this, makes me sick. For no real reason

  • Josh

    Swences, you’ve nailed it. I can’t help but feel disappointed.

  • Ben

    Monty, you’ve nailed it. I can’t help but feel disappointed.

  • Josh

    Mate, as far as I’m concerned there’s barely another artist out there worth listening too. Thom Yorke and Radiohead have made it very difficult for me to listen to any other music.

    I get a feeling of disappointment because I absolutely loathe Twilight. It glorifies abusive relationships and perpetuates the notion that all women are damsels in distress and can’t do anything for themselves. The series doesn’t deserve the genius of Thom.

  • Skylar.

    Do I detect a Radiohead fanbase civil war? I wouldn’t mind.

  • rj

    ha, get over yourselves!

  • andrewj

    I hate twilight beyond belief but don’t criticize thom for contributing a song. its not like he’s staring in the movie, if he did then we would have a serious problem. At least were getting new solo material along with the hallow earth and pulled by horses. But yeah I’m not wasting money just for one song.

  • Laura

    I am so jealous if Kristen Stewart actually got a piggy back from one of my idols!

    =[

  • Josh

    Hahaha no war here 😛 I’ve probably overreacted anyway. I just love their music so much that I get very protective of it 🙂

  • Pinelopation

    It’s not that I’ll stop listening to Radiohead or Thom Yorke’s music. It is as Monty said that Thom never really cared to be commercial or sth like that, he was always against projects like “Twilight”. But now he contributes to this soundtrack.
    I used to admire Thom as a person, as well as a musician. But I’m not sure what to believe about him anymore.
    Will you stop getting so mad with “Twilight”? I know it is trashy, I read the whole saga myself. Get over your “Twilight” hatred, at last, people!

  • swences

    Monty, I kind of get where you’re coming from, but what irks me about your whole spiel is this: You are completely uninformed, yet so defensive. You admit this at the beginning, yet you dedicate 4 or 5 paragraphs to empty (mostly irrelevant) arguments.

    In haste, I claimed that this bothered me only because it dumbs down young adults and kids. I do understand that this is natural, and I had my own ‘vices’ as a child (Dragon Ball Z, Pro wrestling, Pokemon) . But this whole twilight thing really does bother me because it’s not just the 12 to 15 years olds that are gobbling this up, it’s that a huge proportion of die-hard fans are in their mid-20’s…and they can’t seem to find anything wrong with the content. Here’s a copy and paste from a previous post about why I think the whole story is seriously reprehensible and therefore why I can’t stomach Thom even being connected with it at all:
    “It might seem trivial; after all it’s just a dumb book and a dumb movie. But I think it’s more than that. I’m not saying it’s the worst thing ever, or a terrible evil, just that it’s a bad thing and something that I particularly detest.
    I’ve looked at the book, and out of amusement have read a few random pages, and here’s what I have to say about it: The reading level is at most fit for 12-14 year olds, if that. The content I can see why people are fascinated by, because I mean vampires seem to capture the interest of many readers. That’s fine, whatever. I’m not a fan, but I can see the attraction that it could have (immortality, superpowers, blood, blah blah blah). And something that really perplexes me about this is that there have been better vampire books written. Better movies. Infinitely better. But what I can’t swallow is the fact that somehow people overlook the fact that the vampire is over 90 years old, the girl no more than 16 or 17. How that kind of Pedophilia doesn’t strike people as sick, makes me feel like maybe there’s something wrong with me. It’s fucking insane. So yeah, ok, he LOOKS 18, so there’s nothing wrong. Really, nothing wrong? So what you’re essentially telling me is that you’d be ok with a 30-40-50-60-70-80-90 year old man, who looks really young, putting the moves on a 16 year old? And ok, let’s ignore that huge boulder, and let’s focus on the hero. He’s had all this time, he’s gonna live forever, he learned to play the piano, he’s read a book or two (yet has the vocab and thought process of a child), but he’s totally ignored the billions of suffering kids. Fucking hell, he could be focusing on curing cancer, feeding the poor, rebuilding 3rd world nations, but no; he’s too damn busy flirting with an empty headed stupendously unspectacular girl. That’s my kinda hero!

    I do think that if you swallow this kinda crap and claim it to be a masterpiece and go around telling everyone that it is, makes a person seem intellectually numb and artistically moronic. I’m referring by the way, not to those that may like the movie, just like they like any other cheap thrill or crappy yet entertaining movie, but to those very many that went to the theatre to see the film at least 4 or 5 times because they believe and won’t shut up about the fact that it’s the best book and movie of all time – which in turn, causes a positive feedback effect, growing that much bigger with every new dim-witted gullible convert. Why that doesn’t kill most people who have any respect for great literature or cinema, confuses the hell out of me.”

    Due to an injury I suffered this Sunday during a soccer (futbol) game – some asshole just slid tackled me for no good reason, and two days later I’m finally able to put pressure on the foot – I have time, and very little choice but to sit here with my laptop dissecting Monty’s red herrings.

    And this: “Does he not see what it’s doing to kids and young adults? It’s turning brains to mush, leading innocent curiosity to vampires and wizards, and bringing down the reading level to a depressing shameful low”, actually kind of insults me! I’m not going to say “I consider myself an intelligent person” I AM an intelligent person. Very much so, but jeez, I was 15 once too. I spent a lot of my spare time in high school reading about vampires and wizards lol. I read most of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and I’ve only read The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy about 8 times. Wait, wait, before you bash me about comparing Tolkien to Stephenie Meyer, I’m not. Honestly, Rice was great to me back then; I loved it, and Tolkien will always be one of my favorite authors. I’m not comparing them though. What I’m saying is I didn’t get any crazy, mind-opening educational lessons from Tolkien or Rice (esp. Rice). It was just something I was into. I ENJOYED reading them. I recently read the entire Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It was a decent story. It was Stephen King lol. Did it turn my brain to mush? Or did it turn me into a wonderful, well rounded individual doing nothing but caring for how I would try to change the shape of things to come for all of humanity, and what our future holds? Well, neither. I just enjoyed reading it. Much like I’m sure these kids enjoy reading these fantasy tales and watching these movies. Wow, in my frustration I’m getting a bit lost here. My point was it’s a fad.
    If your whole point was “it’s just a fad”, then why write a paragraph juxtaposing authors and books that you don’t think should be compared? I only read 1 book of the Tolkein series, (the hobbit), and the reading levels are so disparate between Tolkein and meyer, the creativity and detail that went to it, well, they are miles apart, but also, the content is ridiculously unalike. Fads like Tolkein and Anne Rice, if you want to call them fads, compared to fads like twilight is the problem. At least the former were intelligent and not aimed towards kids and young adults with such a vile message. I UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S A FAD, but it kills me that Thom is there also.
    What kind of ridiculous things were you into Swense when you were a child??? I mean, I was into G.I. Joe, and Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Batman, and Star Wars! I still grew up with a GREAT education. I grew up with a wonderful family, and I’m a 28 year old man living a great life as we speak. These things made my youth enjoyable to a certain extent, but they didn’t change me, or screw me up with their lack of educational content. It was just something that a child, or young adult, could get into. Simple as that. I guess without even knowing it I just defended this Twilight craze. I don’t care. To me it’s the exact same crap that fascinated ME as a child. Why fight it? Is it because we, as lovers of the music of Radiohead and Thom Yorke don’t buy into it and feel like they shouldn’t either? Who cares??
    Josh said it best: “I get a feeling of disappointment because I absolutely loathe Twilight. It glorifies abusive relationships and perpetuates the notion that all women are damsels in distress and can’t do anything for themselves. The series doesn’t deserve the genius of Thom.”
    Yeah, I followed trends and had/have my own mind-numbing likes and vices (pokemon, dragon ball, Ninja turtles, etc) but I don’t think you realize how insane this twilight thing is. It’s rotten garbage.

    People who write shit like this:
    ” I guess I wish could care as little about this kind of stuff, but it isn’t happening, and I’m still debating how I’m gonna go from here.
    Perhaps instead of Thom as my favorite musician (for 7 years), I’ll only see him as a person that yeah, I listen to. Too many times I’ve talked about how great and awesome he is, how anti-stupid, anti-twilight his messages were. And now I’m left feeling duped, like an idiot who never knew what the hell he was talking about, (and maybe that’s true).”
    ….make me just a bit upset. SO many people have spoken up in such a negative manner about this utterly silly event that I guess I felt I had to at least say SOMETHING. It’s sad because yes, Radiohead IS one of the best, most creative, groundbreaking, influential, eye and ear opening, genius bands of all time. To think that I’ve shared my passion, for so many years, with idiots so quick to pass judgment, so quick to throw those beautiful ideas and realizations away, so quick to dismiss their love for these musicians, and so quick to openly insult them and spread that hate over something so meaningless as this, makes me sick. For no real reason
    So now we have to adore Thom no matter what and can’t ever criticize anything he does? I’m not throwing anything away, I just no longer hold him up so high, and can’t have the same passion in trying to spread his music to others.
    When the hell did we insult Thom?
    I’m not dismissing Thom. This whole episode has made me realize that I shouldn’t have clung on so tightly to his words or taken him that seriously. That hurts to say because his music has been such a big part of my life for the past 7 years, but now I have to re-adjust my spectacles and dust myself off, and move on with Thom no longer sitting at the very top of my mental pyramid.

    Like many here, I’m tired of this already. I wish it would’ve never happened, and I’m just waiting for it to pass over. I doubt twilight will be around 3 years from now, but what worries me is the perpetual and relentless degredation of fads and trends, and the fact that Thom is even remotely connected with it.

  • Skylar.

    Civil war! Civil war!

    Let’s behave ourselves, children.

  • stopwhispering

    jeeezus…… get a fuckin’ grip

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