Aside from a variety of Thom Yorke remixes, a Phil Selway solo tour, and rumors of a recently completed studio session, the most exciting piece of Radiohead news we’ve received of late was word that the band would be covering Peter Gabriel’s “Wallflower” as part of the Scratch My Back song exchange. Or so we thought.
As Gabriel revealed in a new interview with The Sun, he has yet to hear back from Yorke and co since they initially agreed to record the cover. Sigh.
“I still haven’t had a response from Thom Yorke,” Gabriel explained. “He originally wrote to say he wanted to do a version of ‘Wallflower’, but I haven’t heard what he thinks of my version of (‘Street Spirit’).”
“Not everyone likes it and I’ve no real idea whether he likes it or hates it,” he continued. “We have a little clue, though… We gave out codes for the artists to listen to their songs on a stream and we could see how many times they’ve heard them. I think he’s only streamed ‘Street Spirit’ once, which isn’t a good sign, but who knows?”
Perhaps it’s not matter of dislike, but because the Radiohead frontman has a few other things on his plate these days. In fact, if you take much stock in a recent tweet by Scott Eric Olivier, a Los Angeles based musician and producer, Yorke could be planning both upcoming tour dates — in addition to an appearance at this year’s Coachella Music Festival — and some studio time. Thank goodness for Twitter.
Of course, nothing is confirmed, but one thing is for sure: there’s never a dull moment in the wonderful world of Radiohead…