Radiohead and Nigel Godrich definitely have a Beatles/George Martin thing going on at this point: They have collaborated for fifteen years, creating some of the most critically acclaimed and classic records of those years. Now Radiohead is the biggest band in the world (sorry Bono) and Godrich is one of the most sought after producers. Nobody’s bringing Phil Spector into this relationship, however, as they are currently hammering out Radiohead’s 8th album and according to a recent interview with Godrich, nothing’s getting in the way of this “marriage.”
“We get inside each other’s underwear and brains and it’s always a completely different, completely unique experience,” Godrich told FTB Live’s Joe Colly on the difference between working with Beck or Radiohead. “You create something that you both love,” he added. “That is a very intimate experience and also a really wonderful one. I mean, my particular career has been based on a few different marriages to people, that’s the analogy, it’s like I have these very intense relationships with different people. It’s always a bit awkward when they’re all in the same room.”
Godrich goes on to describe how he loves working with Radiohead, is “happy to do just that,” and that he doesn’t fantasize about working with other artists. “I really don’t take on a lot of new projects now because I do a lot of Radiohead stuff, and at the moment I’m not a gun for hire. I don’t enjoy that, I never really did. I just feel like relationships that just develop over 15 years are much more productive. I’ll never find another band to have that relationship with.”
Sorry Kanye, Thom must’ve given you the cold shoulder ‘cause they’ve already got a man.