and principal songwriter
of the rock
. He mainlyplays guitar
, but has also played drums and bass guitar (notably during the "Kid A
" and "Amnesiac
"sessions). In July 2006, he released his debut solo album, "The Eraser
Yorke has beencited among the most influential figures in the music industry; in 2002, "Q Magazine
"named Yorke the 6th most powerful figure in music,
and Radiohead were ranked #73 in "Rolling Stone's
" "100Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2005. Yorke has also been cited among the greatest singers in popular music; in 2005, a poll organised by "Blender
" and MTV2
saw Yorke voted the 18th greatestsinger of all time,
and in 2008, he was ranked 66th in "Rolling Stone"'s "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" list.
Yorke was born on 7 October, 1968, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
. At birth, his left eye was fixed shut; the doctors determined that the eye was paralyzed and that the condition was permanent. Yorke's parents took him to an eye specialist, who suggested amuscle graft. Yorke underwent five eye operations before he was six years old.
Yorke's father, a chemical equipment salesman, was hired by a firm in Scotland shortly after his son's birth and thefamily lived there until Yorke was seven. During this time Yorke had to wear a patch over his eye.
He has stated that the last surgery was "botched", giving him a drooping eyelid.
Radioheadfirst gained notice with the worldwide hit single "Creep
", which later appeared on the band's 1993 debut album "Pablo Honey
". Yorke admitted later that the success had enlarged his ego; he tried toproject himself as a rock star, which included bleaching his hair and wearing extensions. He said, "When I got back to Oxford I was unbearable . . . [A]s soon as you get any success you disappear...