Thom Yorke to Billie Eilish: “you’re the only one doing anything fucking interesting nowadays”

Eilish also describes her first time hearing Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator in her new Rolling Stone cover story.

July 31, 2019
Thom Yorke to Billie Eilish: “you’re the only one doing anything fucking interesting nowadays” Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Billie Eilish graces the cover of this month's Rolling Stone. The article details her days at home in Los Angeles leading up to her world tour. There's a few interesting anecdotes from her life on the road, too — one of which is that middle-aged rock frontmen with daughters apparently love her, including Dave Grohl, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Eddie Vedder. Thom Yorke is also a fan, allegedly telling Eilish in a "perturbed" voice that she's "the only one doing anything fucking interesting nowadays.”

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Eilish, who the article notes has never bought a CD before, is apparently not too starstruck by the Yorke and Vedder types. She's much more inspired by Tyler, the Creator and Childish Gambino — in a video accompanying the article, she talks about the first time she heard each of the artists. Gambino came upon a fateful iTunes shuffle of her brother's library, and she discovered Tyler while counseling at a horse camp:

"We were in the middle of a lesson, just goofing off… [my co-counselor] was like ‘have you heard of Tyler?’ I was like ‘no’ and she was like ‘wait what do you mean?… your profile picture is literally him.’ It was true, I had Tyler, The Creator as my profile picture before I even knew who he was cause I just thought it was a cool picture. She played me ‘Tamale’ which was huge at the time. Still such a fucking good song. Then we listened to ‘Tamale’ with a bunch of five year-olds riding horses around us."

Read the full article here, and then be sure to read our cover story with Eilish here.

Thom Yorke to Billie Eilish: “you’re the only one doing anything fucking interesting nowadays”