Radiohead: 'recording a new album would kill us'

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Radiohead may not make another album together, the band's frontman Thom Yorke said yesterday as they could not bear to go through the "creative hoo-ha" again.

Doing so, he said, would "kill them." Yorke added that the band's last album, In Rainbows, only came about because they had a clear vision for the record.

Releasing one-off songs rather than full LP length albums could be the band's approach from now on, he hinted. Speaking to American magazine, The Believer, Yorke said: "None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off. I mean, it's just become a real drag. It worked with In Rainbows, because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us."

Later on in the interview, he appeared to soften, saying: "I mean, obviously there's something still great about the album. It's just, for us, right now, we need to get away from it a bit."

Radiohead's latest song is a download-only single written in honour of Harry Patch, a First World War veteran who died last month aged 111. The track, Harry Patch (In Memory Of) was inspired by a radio interview with the former soldier recorded in 2005.

Last year, Yorke attacked the band's former label, EMI, for the release of Radiohead's Greatest Hits album, which was put out against their wishes. The band's contract with the label ended last year, and they decided to offer In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-like download before releasing it with the record label, XL.