On the song 'Mr Bellamy'...
Scott Colothan

09:55 10th December 2007

Thom Yorke has revealed that he turned down a mouth-watering collaboration with Paul McCartney because he can’t play piano well enough.

As reported previously on Gigwise, The Beatle asked the Radiohead frontman to appear on the track ‘Mr Bellamy’ – a song which appears on Macca’s latest effort ‘Memory Almost Full’ – but Yorke turned down the offer.

Now, speaking to the Observer, Yorke revealed the real reason behind the snubbing: ‘Uhh, ’cause I can’t play piano. Not like that. I had to explain to him that, I listened to the tune - “Mr Bellamy” - and I really liked the song, but the piano playing involved two hands doing things separately. I don’t have that skill available. I said to him, “I strum piano, that’s it.”

McCartney is a hug fan of Radiohead’s work and even drafted in their long-term producer Nigel Godrich to work on his 2005 album ‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.’

Photo: Katie Lincoln