Thom Yorke - Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill- Video.
Bill Cummings 14/08/2006
"Harrowdown Hill" is the debut solo single from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and is featured on his album "The Eraser." It's scheduled to be released on the 21st of August as a limited edition single through XL. This release comes off the back of Yorke's solo album receiving a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize.
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Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire is notable for being the place where the body of Dr David Kelly was found in 2003. His evidence had raised questions about Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction—the official justification for the UK government's decision to invade Iraq. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Yorke said, "The government and the Ministry of Defence ... were directly responsible for outing him and that put him in a position of unbearable pressure that he couldn't deal with, and they knew they were doing it and what it would do to him. ... I've been feeling really uncomfortable about that song lately, because it was a personal tragedy, and Dr. Kelly has a family who are still grieving. But I also felt that not to write it would perhaps have been worse." In an interview with the BBC, Yorke said that "Harrowdown Hill" is "the most angry song I've ever written in my life. I'm not gonna get into the background to it, the way I see it..and it's not for me or for any of us to dig any of this up. So it's a bit of an uncomfortable thing."