Nirvana Producer Explains His Disappointment With Thom Yorke

Garbage drummer and Nirvana producer Butch Vig mentioned the Radiohead album that left him unsatisfied after listening, despite his admiring of the group. In his interview with Classic Rock, Vig said:

“I am such a huge Radiohead fan. I love ‘The Bends and I love, love, love ‘OK Computer.’ The songwriting on ‘The Bends’ is genius. I was not a big fan of ‘Kid A.’ It didn’t connect with me. When I heard ‘Kid A,’ I was like ‘Oh, okay, they’ve crawled up their bums now, they’re just getting artsy fartsy.'”

The drummer added his disappointment with ‘Kid A’ didn’t affect his feelings towards the group:

“I still have immense respect for them. They’re an incredible band, but I thought they kinda lost the plot with that one. But I still love Radiohead. The last time they played here in Los Angeles I went and saw them and they blew my mind.”

In a 2021 interview, Thom Yorke explained how he perceived ‘Kid A’ and the circumstances during the making of the album:

“‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ are, if nothing else, a celebration of what is possible when a bunch of people get together and forget about everything except trying to create work that speaks to them at that moment, in a sort of frenzied, last-days-on-Earth kind of way.”

He also emphasised that his pessimism at the time was artistically beneficial:

“I don’t know why we thought it was the last days on Earth, but I guess we did; it was the millennium, whatever. But that kind of madness is important. That’s certainly how I’ve seen it, digging through this stuff, going ‘Who are these people? They need help,’ but at the same time being really proud of that room of people doing it.”

You can listen to Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ below.