Here’s an archive of many Question and Answer sessions Colin Greenwood’s had during press interviews.
- What music do you listen to and do you listen to Radiohead?
- Not radiohead at the moment because we’re playing it but I love old soul and reggae. Especially Mr. Curtis Mayfield.
- Are you planning on supporting anything else besides the Tibetan Freedom Concert?
- Individually, not as Radiohead, we all support stuff but we all support TFC. Amusingly we also support Teenage Fanclub.
- Congrats on OK Computer. I was wondering what books you guys were reading these days.. any good novels?
- I am reading John Pilger’s Hidden Agendas. Also best book last year was Bernard Schlink’s The Reader.
- Do you prefer a small club like setting or the huge festival setting such as today?
- Oh different vibes. I was in the 9.30 last night. Took me right back to when we played cool.
- Just to provide some flavour of Radiohead road life – what did you do last night after coming offstage?
- I spent a very cold hour trying to get onto AOL to pick and send E-mail. That’s all we’ve got on the bus – there’s no surfing. Trying to get a good connection in Italy is hard enough although the Italians use a lot of fax machines because the postal service isn’t very good. Then I was just trying to keep warm and wondering who was going to bring out the German copy of ‘Playboy’ on the bus. Nobody did.
- The ‘studio’ at the back of the bus has a sampler and sequencer with it. Will that be reflected in the finished music?
- What? Technology? No!! Well, yes. We’ve got samplers but we use guitars. God, I’m starting to sound like Pop Will Eat Itself. They’ve popped up in Bentley Rhythm Ace, haven’t they?
Sorry, I’m digressing. Anyway, after the show… they do these little cans of Guinness over here. They’re quite sweet. I’ll have one of those after the show. I’m getting less ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ as the tour goes on.
- Are you difficult to live with after you get home from a tour?
- The old decompression thing?
I suffer from it a bit. But I don’t have anyone to live with when I get home. I don’t inflict myself on anyone. I just bounce around my own rubber walls. To my heart’s content. (returning to previous question) But I like this side of it, on the whole. Your day starts at four. All you have to think about is playing, eating and washing. It’s fantastic. (digressing wildly) I remember getting of the bus once completely wrecked and walking into a service station in America last year, with five kinds of Police in the car park. I went in to buy Doritos and H‰agen Dazs for the munchies. I got the fear straight away.
- You’ve been interviewed to death this year (that was 1997). How have the generic questions changed?
- We still get,”Did you find it hard to write the follow-up to ‘Creep’”. And some journalists think we recorded ‘Pablo Honey’ then ‘OK Computer’, which is a huge artistic leap. The archeytpical question about this album is, ‘Why did you call it that?
‘ They are very inane, but that’s alright. It’s not like the songs are being sung in their language. We understand.
- Have you ever bought one of your own records?
- No. We weren’t allowed to. We all walked into a record shop in Nottingham the day the first single, the ‘Drill’ EP came out. We walked in like ‘Mmmmm, I’ll buy one of those’. The guy behind the counter said ‘Don’t worry man, I’ll give you one’. We said ‘NO!!, we really want to buy one’. He said ‘Look, your record company’s just given us 20 free ones and we can’t shift them, and we can’t shift ‘em, not even for 99p, so you might as well have a free one’. We were very depressed.
- What should Oasis do next?
- Good question. More focus on the base player. He’s the saviour in their camp, if they only realised. And I’d like to see a Belle and Sebastain/Oasis collaboration. Oasis’ sensitivity mixing with Belle and Sebastian’s full ahead rock. I’m sure it’d worked beautifully!
- How would you describe yourself in a word?
- How would you describe the other members?
- ed: tall
jonny: my brother
- Who is your ideal man?
- A combination of ed, thom, and phil.
- Who is your ideal woman?
- Who is biggest influence on your life?
- My sister’s record collection
- What was your worst job you’ve ever had?
- Working in warehouse
- Why did you choose your present part?
- I didn’t. It chose me.
- Which song do you like the best among all of your songs?
- What did you want to be in your childhood?
- Who would you like to be, if you had a new life?
- If radiohead were a family, which part would you be?
- The family pet.
- Why did you turn to music?
- It’s fun!
- What have been the highest and lowest points of your career so far?
- Highest – hang on – um Toronto tower lowest er gig in Paris was underground.
- What would you like your epitaph to be?
- Doubtless, a miserable Joy Division quote.