Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Gives Teenage Girls Endearing Advice About Boys (And Much More)

Since time immemo­r­i­al — or, in any case, since the mid-twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry — ado­les­cents have looked to rock stars for life lessons. This works out bet­ter with some rock stars than oth­ers, of course, and in bygone days kids would have to infer these lessons from song lyrics and the occa­sion­al Rolling Stone inter­view. Now that most of their musi­cal idols main­tain active, even gar­ru­lous pres­ences on sev­er­al forms of social media at once, inter­net-age young­sters in need of coun­sel have a great deal more mate­r­i­al to work with. Cer­tain rock stars have tak­en this respon­si­bil­i­ty seri­ous­ly, as you can see in the video above fea­tur­ing Radio­head mas­ter­mind Thom Yorke and pro­duc­er/­mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist Nigel Godrich (also known as the men behind the super­group Atoms for Peace). If you find your­self con­fused by boys, let these two fortysome­thing Brits clear it right up.

You can find a lit­tle more cov­er­age of the video at, yes, Rolling Stone. “Yorke is par­tic­u­lar­ly sage about teenage love woes,” writes the mag­a­zine’s Jon Blis­tein. “ ‘If you have a crush on him,’ Yorke says, ‘if you’re real­ly, real­ly, real­ly, real­ly shy, which is what I was at that age — also, I was at a boys’ school so it was impos­si­ble to meet girls any­way — how about just write him a note? Or throw him against the wall some time.’ ” Yorke and Godrich’s sev­en­teen min­utes of advice comes as the lat­est install­ment in the series “Ask a Grown Man” from Rook­ie, just the sort of web mag­a­zine we wish we could have had back when we were teenage girls — if we were ever teenage girls, that is. We’ve pre­vi­ous­ly fea­tured Ira Glass’ seg­ment, and you can enjoy oth­er moments of sagac­i­ty with the likes of come­di­an-film­mak­er Judd Apa­tow, talk-show host Jim­my Fal­lon, and actor John Hamm. You cer­tain­ly would­n’t find them in the pages of Sassy.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Ira Glass Makes Bal­loon Ani­mals and Gives NSFW Advice to Teens — At the Same Time!!

A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome

This is Your Brain in Love: Scenes from the Stan­ford Love Com­pe­ti­tion

Col­in Mar­shall hosts and pro­duces Note­book on Cities and Cul­ture and writes essays on lit­er­a­ture, film, cities, Asia, and aes­thet­ics. He’s at work on a book about Los Ange­les, A Los Ange­les Primer. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall.

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