You Asked It

Ask a Grown Man: Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich

In which the two guys behind Atoms for Peace take a break from making music to work on your love lives.

Atoms for Peace is the newish project from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and producer/multi-instrumentalist Nigel Godrich, who—along with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, percussionist Mauro Refosco, and drummer Joey Waronker—recently released their debut album, AMOK. They will be on tour starting this summer, but first, the longtime collaborators came together to answer, or at least contemplate, your questions about boys: shy ones, boring ones, good ones, dumb ones, and ones who are not your boyfriend but you want to make out with them anyway.

If you have a question for a Grown Person, please send it to youaskedit@rookiemag.com and write “Ask a Grown Man” or “Ask a Grown Woman” in the subject line, accordingly.

72 Comments

  • rosiesayrelax April 9th, 2013 3:08 PM

    Why is this the first time I’ve heard of Atoms for Peace? I freaking love Radiohead and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I feel like such a bad fan :/

    http://rosieandthewolf.blogspot.co.uk/

  • ♡ reba ♡ April 9th, 2013 3:11 PM

    SO GOOD!!!

  • FlowerandtheVine April 9th, 2013 3:23 PM

    You have to love the British sense of humor!

    http://flowerandthevine.wordpress.com

  • Anouk Mc Machon April 9th, 2013 3:30 PM

    Too many feels I can’t even process right now.

  • GorillazFangirl April 9th, 2013 3:36 PM

    GDYGYDYIHOGGHUFBUHOF, i cant form words ^_______^

  • ilovethedoors April 9th, 2013 3:40 PM

    I AM SCREAMING THOM YORKE I LOVE YOU

    • ilovethedoors April 9th, 2013 3:41 PM

      gonna see him this summer too gfhsedrkusytS

  • katie April 9th, 2013 3:40 PM

    THOM

  • Sarah Gray April 9th, 2013 3:44 PM

    So amazing!! Thom Yorke was my teenage celebrity crush and I always felt the same way as the old woman in the pub about his eye. I’m so glad he’s representing Grown Men so well!

  • eesmee April 9th, 2013 3:45 PM

    WHAAAAAAAT thom yorke!!

  • Ree April 9th, 2013 3:46 PM

    I saw Thom and Nigel on the thumbnail and thought it was a joke but, by God, Rookie, you’ve done it again. You have officially made my day.

  • Lea April 9th, 2013 3:46 PM

    The bit about the old woman at the end was absolutely hilarious… “She was pissed” oh my.

  • Cosmo Beatrix April 9th, 2013 3:52 PM

    OH MY BLOODY GOD!

    Pure fab, thanks Mr. Yorke and Nigel, nice move x

  • @sarahspy April 9th, 2013 3:54 PM

    haha! never thought i’d see the day. love who you guys select for this video advice column!

  • Luiza Jimenez Leitao April 9th, 2013 3:57 PM

    this makes me fantasize about being Thom’s daughter and asking this questions, he is so chilled out, funny, smart and sensitive and Nigel would be my uncle full of wisdom, I’m really happy that they did this ♡ this is literally the best thing ever.

  • Mollie April 9th, 2013 3:57 PM

    THE HAPPIEST I’VE EVER BEEN

  • battezvous April 9th, 2013 4:00 PM

    this is the best ask a grown man you guys have ever done! seriously, thom yorke (and NIGEL ACTION!) is the best thing i’ve ever seen

  • rosemary flutur April 9th, 2013 4:14 PM

    holy. fuck.

  • Annabelle April 9th, 2013 4:18 PM

    my heart (☆^O^☆)

  • oriana April 9th, 2013 4:22 PM

    Oh my god I don’t even know what to say right now, I’m beaming!!!

  • Abby April 9th, 2013 4:23 PM

    ARGLBLARGL this is amazing.

  • camikki April 9th, 2013 4:26 PM

    gaaaaaaah thom yorke and nigel godrich are such amazing people!!!! great job rookie! it made my day!

  • Narnia April 9th, 2013 4:38 PM

    WOW i almost thought this was a joke! i couldnt believe it. this has to be the equivalent of rookie getting to interview the queen or something

    • Eleanor April 9th, 2013 4:54 PM

      hahaha!!!!!! you hit the nail on the head with the queen analogy!!!!!!

      this has got to be the most exciting thing that has happened to anyone ever

  • RhiaSnape April 9th, 2013 4:59 PM

    aw this was such a good ask a grown man!

  • kati April 9th, 2013 5:05 PM

    THOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMM

    ASDHFDJTHFK I CAN’T BELIEVE ITTTTT

  • cammy-poo April 9th, 2013 5:14 PM

    That was so great. I never heard Thom talk about his eye before. By the reaction it seems Nigel hadn’t either. Thom is such a music god I feel weirdly nervous just watching him talk here in video. I can’t imagine actually being there. (Although I did see Radiohead in concert awhile ago. Probably the best concert I’ve ever been too.)

    • IrinaB April 10th, 2013 10:43 PM

      I felt EXACTLY the same way! This kind of starts proving that he is actually a human being. LONG LIVE THE YORKE!

  • stelliform April 9th, 2013 5:35 PM

    Holy wow. I was clicking through videos/songs of Thom Yorke’s on YouTube when I opened a tab with Rookie and saw this on the front page. WOO

  • mdoodle13 April 9th, 2013 5:40 PM

    LOVE YOU THOM.

  • Ella W April 9th, 2013 5:48 PM

    I adore the ask a grown man/woman videos, they are always so helpful.
    I really liked the part where these guys were like ‘don’t worry about your imperfections’. I get worried a LOT over things such as stretch marks and my weird chin and so on, but yeah. This was really nice.

    http://gorillalegs.blogspot.co.uk/

  • MADZ. April 9th, 2013 6:10 PM

    this popped up during class and I nearly shat myself, no lie

  • yourenotfunny April 9th, 2013 6:37 PM

    omfg rookie this makes my whole life worthwhile

  • stelliform April 9th, 2013 6:40 PM

    I just went to Pitchfork’s website and the link to this is on their front page!

  • asleepatthecrackofdawn April 9th, 2013 6:51 PM

    you can tell they really enjoyed doing this

  • saraldn April 9th, 2013 7:10 PM

    This was my favorite “Ask a Grown Man”. They’re so lovely!

  • soretudaaa April 9th, 2013 7:16 PM

    “-I know, from my 42 years of experience…
    -You’ve been doing it since you were a baby!”

    (that is EXACTLY what jumped to my mind when he said that… Thom and I are brain twinsiesss <3 <3 <3 )

  • meels April 9th, 2013 7:31 PM

    this fucking insane!!!! well done for getting them, how can you top that!!?

    p.s tavi’s dad comes in close 2nd

    • Erika Wilder April 17th, 2013 11:10 PM

      Exactly what I said.

  • gnarlyelixir April 9th, 2013 7:39 PM

    THANK YOU OMG YESSSSSSS

  • unefillecommetoi April 9th, 2013 9:16 PM

    I am… I can’t. Oh my god. OH MY GOD. Jesus christ. I can’t believe this. This is too amazing. Oh universe…!!!!!

  • sophiethewitch April 9th, 2013 9:26 PM

    To the person wondering about sex with someone other than your boyfriend: TALK TO YOUR BOYFRIEND. Be kind about it, of course, and make it clear how much you care about him, but it’s possible he’s been thinking the same thing, and you could agree on something. I think that sexual experimentation outside of a relationship, with good communication between everyone involved, can be fine. Or even if you and/or your boyfriend aren’t ok with that, which is also fine, at least he’ll know what’s on your mind.

  • takethreestepsback April 9th, 2013 9:46 PM

    BEST.

    I love them so much, I saw Thom with Radiohead last year and am so pleased to see him in such a relaxed setting! Well done Rookie!

  • artobsessed April 9th, 2013 10:16 PM

    dead.

  • caitlinisobel April 9th, 2013 10:49 PM

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS REAL!!!!! so many of the people you have had doing videos or interviews have been incredible, but I never expected this for some reason, is like another level of wonderful that this happened!! AMAZING!!!!
    They are so great!!
    Thank you so being so amazing Rookie!!

  • giov April 9th, 2013 10:51 PM

    not that we needed proof that Thom Yorke is most adorable human being to ever exist, but that last answer was bloody nice.

  • fierybeacon April 10th, 2013 1:08 AM

    when i saw thom yorke my eyes widened and i started freaking out! bahhh i love radiohead, and atoms for peace :D

  • littleDani April 10th, 2013 2:24 AM

    OH MY GODDDD HOW DID YOU GET THOM YORKE THIS IS SO PERF LIKE WOW WOW WOW PROPS ROOKIE YOU NEVER DISAPPOINT

  • purrr April 10th, 2013 3:35 AM

    WHAT THE FUCK

  • victoria April 10th, 2013 6:06 AM

    yes! I love Thom Yorke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS I just noticed this: even if the column is called “Ask a grown person” isn’t it a little bit cis-normative (is that a thing??) to restrict the email subject line options to “grown man” and “grown woman”? Maybe this is too finicky – but Rookie is the place that would care about this! (For the record, I think “ask a grown person” works awesomely)

  • julalondon April 10th, 2013 8:01 AM

    Thom Yorke YES YES YES YES YES!!!!

  • Hayley Bell April 10th, 2013 10:11 AM

    goodness, this is truly overwhelming!
    smiles and gazes of endearment the entire time.
    i didn’t think it was possible to admire thom any more but wow???? what a guy

  • wallflower152 April 10th, 2013 10:29 AM

    To the person that asked about breaking up with a boring person. LEAVE! RUN! For a long time I was with this guy who was on paper a perfect guy. Really nice, we liked a lot of the same music, very handsome, good job, etc, etc. But…he just bored me, we didn’t click. I wasted way too much time thinking that one day it would click cuz sometimes you know it takes a while. During that time I missed out on chances with two or three other guys. Now I’m with someone that’s really awesome and we can be doing literally nothing and it’s not boring at all. So maybe give it a couple months but if you’re not feeling it, end things as nice as possible and don’t feel bad about it. : )

    PS: Americans, can we please start using “nutter” in everyday vocabulary?

  • HaverchuckForPresident April 10th, 2013 11:42 AM

    WHY HELLO THERE RADIOHEAD
    Nigel is a babe

  • sarah bannan April 10th, 2013 12:50 PM

    how did you guys get this to happen??? tavi are u made of magic?

  • Paulatte April 10th, 2013 2:01 PM

    me seing the picture without scrolling:” ahah this guy looks a bit like thom yorke ahahah how funny!”
    very funny indeed.

  • raftingstarlit April 10th, 2013 4:43 PM

    NO WAAAAY!! it’s THOM! rookie, you’re the BEST

  • ellamccartney April 10th, 2013 7:25 PM

    this is so so so so so so so good oh my god

  • Colleen Leahy April 10th, 2013 7:46 PM

    HOLY SHIT

    i can’t
    i can’t even.

    i can die happy now

  • smallbutmighty April 11th, 2013 3:05 AM

    thom yorke!!! I can’t even handle this he is a magical unicorn of a person.

  • smallbutmighty April 11th, 2013 3:07 AM

    Thom Yorke is a superhuman he is magical.

  • evagm April 11th, 2013 10:02 AM

    I love that Thom York talked about himself as an example, he’s so awesome I loved this “Ask a Grown Man”

  • Jessica Hernandez April 11th, 2013 7:14 PM

    This is so beautifuuuul!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone wants thom answering things about guys and imperfections :’)

  • dessertstealer April 11th, 2013 11:07 PM

    Oh my gosh!!! I am dying!!!!

  • Helenus April 13th, 2013 1:00 AM

    Kinda sorta almost pooped my pants when I saw this.

  • loanna April 13th, 2013 1:02 AM

    my favorite Ask a Grown Man episode yet!!

  • glitter riot April 13th, 2013 10:57 PM

    omg i giggled like a maniac while watching this they are just so perf. like how is this possible there coolness just soared to new heights. For the next grown man I really think you should ask Henry Rollins because that would make my life I think.

    • Violet April 14th, 2013 5:11 PM

      OMG YES ! ! ! Henry Rollins is amazing ! ! !
      and such a sweetheart under a tough skin.

      For anyone who doesn’t know him, there is this german tv show called “Into the night”, where he spends an evening talking and walking around NYC with Shirin Neshat, it’s soooo good (she’s amazing too)!!!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV7ctsLaTa8

      Love,
      V

      • glitter riot April 22nd, 2013 11:22 PM

        ahah yeah i’ve watched so many video’s of him talking about his life and he’s really smart but hilarious too. I sent him like two letters lol but I don’t think he’s going to reply lol

  • Hesty April 15th, 2013 4:38 AM

    That was simply the best Ask a Grown Man. So sincere and comprehensive!

  • sn0wwhite April 15th, 2013 11:15 AM

    got my boyfriend into rookie with this one!

  • rhymeswithorange April 17th, 2013 9:35 PM

    YAYYYYY THIS WAS AWESOME :)