Thom Yorke, 'Terminator'?

Radiohead’s publicist assures me that rumors of frontman Thom Yorke contributing music to McG’s movie Terminator Salvation are, yep, just rumors — something that everyone who’s at all familiar with the respective oeuvres of Thom Yorke and McG already knew. (Let’s just say Thom has never struck me as an action-packed popcorn flick kinda guy.) Now that that’s cleared up, though, can I play devil’s advocate for a second?

Some of Radiohead’s best work over the years has been tied to movies. They wrote the immortal "Exit Music (for a Film)"  for the closing credits of 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, which also prominently featured their excellent B-side "Talk Show Host" (below). Ten years later, Yorke gave his new solo song "Black Swan" to A Scanner Darkly. And guitarist Jonny Greenwood penned the score for 2007’s There Will Be Blood — by far my favorite part of that film. Meanwhile, Yorke and Greenwood both participated in a handful of awesome Roxy Music covers for 1998’s Velvet Goldmine, while Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway played a song in a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire outtake. I could go on like this for days!

McG’s Terminator reboot isn’t the most obvious next step for Yorke in that (mostly) arty procession, sure. But I’m a reasonably committed fan of the sci-fi franchise — even liked T3 — so I’ll probably end up seeing Salvation in theaters. It would sure make my day if my favorite avant-garde auteur had something to do with it. Never gonna happen, I know. And this pairing could have turned out to be totally weird and jarring. But am I the only one who thinks that it could, maybe, have been potentially kind of cool if this were more than just a rumor (which it’s not)?

More on Radiohead and the Terminator movies:
Terminator Salvation is in our Comic-Con Gallery
The first two Terminators are on our Sci-Fi 25
Radiohead’s marching-band-assisted Grammys performance took top honors in our gallery
Radiohead won a choice spot in our Indie Rock 25


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  • Kevin J

    It has been reported that Danny Elfman is going to score the next Terminator movie. No slight to Danny, but I think Bear McCreary should be given the job based on his work in Battlestar Galactica and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
    Just my opinion, it’ll be interesting however it goes.

  • Gary Waltrich

    Thom is great, but the guy who needs to do more music for film is Jonny Greenwood. The “Blood” score is one of the top 10 in movie history.

  • Jonah

    Hopefully he’s not too f***ing distracted to make the song

  • Anna

    There are some great songs from “In Rainbows” that would be great for film. That simply isn’t Thom’s style though. I was surprised that Radiohead even performed at the Grammys. Of course, it was the best performance of the evening.

  • ItsJustMe

    “How to Disappear Completely” was used in the movie Life as a House. That’s how I first discovered Radiohead.

  • Alex

    Doubtless Jonny Greenwood’s score work for TWBB was mesmerizing. I’d definitely like to see him do more film work.
    I’d prefer it Thom or the band as a whole contributed a song or two to Terminator, nothing more significant than that.
    They need to be focusing on recording their next album!

  • Scott

    “Talk Show Host” is one of the best songs ever. Thanks for posting it so I can listen to it here at work. Heh.

  • Stef

    15 Step played over the end credits of Twilight. I was a little surprised to hear it myself but it was a nice surprise!

  • J

    “Analyse” off of The Eraser by Thom Yorke plays during the end credits of The Prestige which stars Christian Bale. He also stars in the next Terminator flick, so I can see him pushing for this.

  • The Playlist

    If McG said he asked Thom Yorke to do the soundtrack, how can it technically be a rumor? Doesn’t the publicist mean to say, they turned down the offer/said no?

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