Radiohead's Yorke warns off British PM

Updated: 17 January 2013 14:32

Poor old David Cameron. If the threat of a triple-dip recession and his torturous relationship with that pesky EU wasn't bad enough, now he's got a real problem to deal with - Thom Yorke says he'll sue him if the Tories use any of Radiohead's music in an election campaign

Poor old David Cameron. If the threat of a triple dip recession and his torturous relationship with that pesky EU wasn't bad enough, now he's got a real problem to deal with - Thom Yorke says he'll sue him if the Tories use any of Radiohead's music in an election campaign

"Politics is not a fun thing to write about," said lefty eco-warrior Yorke in an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine. "I can't say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron. I can't believe he'd like [Radiohead's last album] King of Limbs much. But I also equally think, who cares?

"As long as he doesn't use it for his election campaigns, I don't care. I'd sue the living s**t out of him if he did."

Possible 'Head songs that the Tories might use on the hustings include Electioneering, High and Dry and How I Made My Millions but possibly not We Suck Young Blood or the band's brilliant cover of Carly Simon's Bond theme Nobody Does it Better.

Yorke is about to release Amok the debut album from Atoms for Peace, a supergroup including Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

It's not the first time that Eton boy Cameron has angered UK musicians. Morrissey and Marr of the Smiths were united for the first time in decades when they condemned the British PM for expressing his love for The Smiths.

In 2010, Tory-lookalikes Keane said they were "horrified" when a re-energised Conservative Party used their hit Everybody's Changing without asking permission.

The British Labour Party, then lead by groovy guy Tony Blair, did not ask D:Ream before using Things Can Only Get Better to soundtrack their 1997 landslide, and the Manic Street Preachers were said to be furious when the British National Party used one of their songs on a campaign video.

Paul Weller, the man Noel Gallagher once memorably described as "Victor Meldrew with a tan", also got a tad sniffy when Cameron confessed his fondness for The Jam's hit Eton Rifles.