“Who the f**k is Bruno Mars?” Yorke said early in the Rolling Stone Q&A, going on to add, “Sorry. I’ll get slandered now,” when discussing how Atoms for Peace’s debut album, Amok, entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number Two behind Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox when they were released during the same week.
“Bruno Mars had a special on Amazon. That’s why,” offered Yorke’s Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich, referring to Unorthodox Jukebox being sold for only $1.99 during the first week of release.
“Amazon f**ks with us every time,” Yorke added. “They undercut us. So really, it was Number One.”
Yorke and Godrich discuss performing live, recording in Los Angeles and hitting the L.A. club scene, with Yorke raving about the electronic music party Low End Theory, calling it “f**king mental. And such a good camaraderie with the people at the club, because they all know each other. It was really different, not what I was used to. It wasn’t super-clubby – it was just f**king loud and f**king fun, you know?”