"The image of Radiohead on the road is a monastery on wheels," he says."For the most part, it was." As tours started blurring into one another, Yorke struggled with phobias – he once spoke of picturing Radiohead's tour bus plunging off a cliff."Our family almost had a terrible [car] accident," he says. I think he was trying to instill the idea that anything could happen at any moment and you're not in control of it, which led to a slight paranoia, maybe justified." His hatred of cars was tied into his general disdain for a society where, he once said, "people get up too early to leave houses where they don't want to live, to drive to jobs where they don't want to be, in one of the most dangerous forms of transport on Earth.
"It was the album where they threw everything out the window," says Yorke's friend Michael Stipe.
"They re-imagined and decontextualized what it was to be a band. When you're 24 or 25, you don't know how wrong this could go because you think you can do anything. "OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a cult British act into the most important rock band on the planet.
He was born with his left eye shut, and he endured five surgeries before his sixth birthday to open it up.
Doctors botched one of the later ones, forcing him to wear an eye patch for a year and leaving him with a permanent droop.
"OK, computer," responds galactic president Zaphod Beeblebrox, "I want full manual control now." Yorke scribbled down the phrase – which marked the point in the narrative when humans saved themselves by reclaiming control from machines – in his bulging notebook of lyrics.