Legal name: Thomas Edward Yorke, Thomas Yorke
Also performs as: Dr Tchock
Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He is known for his falsetto vocals. As a multi-instrumentalist, Yorke mainly plays guitar and piano, but also plays synthesiser, bass guitar and drums.
Yorke was born in 1968 in Northamptonshire. His family moved often before settling in Oxfordshire, where Yorke attended Abingdon School and founded Radiohead with schoolmates. After he finished his degree at the University of Exeter, Radiohead signed to Parlophone; their early hit "Creep" made Yorke a celebrity, and Radiohead went on to achieve critical acclaim and multi-platinum sales. The 2000 Radiohead album Kid A saw Yorke move into electronic music.
In 2006, Yorke released his debut solo album, The Eraser. In 2009, to perform the album live, he formed Atoms for Peace with musicians including Flea and longtime producer Nigel Godrich; in 2013, the band released an original album, Amok. In 2014, Yorke released his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. He has collaborated with artists including DJ Shadow, Björk, Flying Lotus and PJ Harvey, and has composed soundtracks for documentaries and theatre. With artist Stanley Donwood, he creates artwork for Radiohead's albums.
Yorke has been critical of the music industry, and with Radiohead and his solo work has pioneered alternative music release platforms such as pay-what-you-want and BitTorrent. Outside music, Yorke is an activist on behalf of human rights, environmentalism, and anti-war causes.
In 2002, Q named Yorke the sixth most powerful person in music. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the 66th greatest singer of all time.