Thom Yorke Only Paints in Purple, and Other Facts From His Alec Baldwin Interview

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Thom Yorke of British band Radiohead performs as a special surprise performer on The Park stage at the Glastonbury festival near Pilton, Somerset on June 25, 2010.  Celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year, the festival showcases some of the world's best artists from all areas of music and performance.  This year's headline acts on the main stage include Muse, Gorillaz and Stevie Wonder.  U2 were set to also perform until lead singer Bono had to pull out due to needing emergency spinal surgery. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: LEON NEAL/2010 AFP

Thom Yorke is the special guest on Alec Baldwin's WNYC show this week, and their hourlong conversation covers all sorts of topics, like how scary Yorke's great-grandmother was and how he "stalked" Ed Norton until the actor agreed to be his friend. There's also a nice story about his Sunday Painters club with Stanley Donwood, in which Yorke forgets all the natural paint colors and ends up doing some Cornwall landscapes in purple and blue. ("This poor woman comes up and asks for directions to go somewhere or other and then looks at the paintings and just wanders off like ..."). They talk about music, too. Listen below, or read the full transcript here.