Thom Yorke and Flea recording together? Yes.

Back in August, a song appeared from the soundtrack of an upcoming movie entitled Motherless Brooklyn. The track was “Daily Battles,” which featured Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of the Chili Peppers on trumpet.

Wait. Flea on trumpet? Absolutely. That was his first instrument. In fact, for the first years of his life, he was a self-admitted jazz snob. It wasn’t until he saw a show by LA punk legends Fear that he realized that there was more to life than jazz.

Thom and Flea wrote this song specifically for the film (it appears twice). A second version by Wynton Marsalis appears on the B-side of the 7-inch single.

I’m off this weekend on a junket to see Motherless Brooklyn in LA. I will report back. Here’s the trailer.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Thom Yorke and Flea recording together? Yes.

  • October 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Yeah, it’s been out for a month or two already. Pretty low key release.

    Alan, you seem surprised that they recorded together.

    Assuming you missed the whole tour and LP they did as Atoms For Peace. There were several singles including a very low profile release on Modeselekter’s 50 Weapons label. (Thom has leant vocals to a few Modeselekter tracks as well)

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