Thom Yorke is the lead vocalist and main songwriter of Radiohead, one of the most critically well-received alternative rock bands of the past 30+ years. He had an interesting and illustrious career. Here MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of 12 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Thomas Edward Yorke.

Thom Yorke and Radiohead Experimented With Other Names

We know the band tried out different music genres, but did you know they tried out different band names, too? Before “Radiohead,” the band was called “On A Friday.”

The Band Started Because of Fashion Sense

Thom Yorke has said that the main reason he first got on with his band members is that they shared a similar style. And a love for post-punk band Joy Division.

Radiohead Frontman Has a Successful Solo Career

He has made a name for himself outside of his band. Thom Yorke’s debut album The Eraser was released in 2006.

Thomas Edward Yorke is an Activist

It’s true! Yorke has been active in movements related to anti-war action, human rights, fair trade efforts and environmentalism.

Thom Yorke’s Father Was an Amateur Boxer and Nuclear Scientist

Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the U.K., and his’s father is one of many fighters to have fought in the country. Thom Yorke’s dad wanted him to follow in his footsteps, but Thom wasn’t cut out for it. His dad was also a nuclear scientist. That’s quite the combination there.

TY Has Collaborated With Many Famous Artists

In his solo project, he has collaborated with many producers. Burial and Four Tet have both worked with the Radiohead frontman, and his vocals have lent themselves well to moody U.K. electronic music many times. Bjork and PJ Harvey are two other big-name collaborators.

Before Radiohead

Before famous Radiohead, Thom Yorke Was in a Band Called Headless Chickens. He was also a DJ in his pre-Radiohead days.

Radiohead Frontman Met His Bandmates at Public School

They all met as students at the Abdingon Public School. So much talent in such a small place.

Yorke’s Family is a Musical One

His brother Andy is also a musician. He was the frontman of The Unbelievable Truth band, who had a short run in the 90s. He hadn’t made much music since then but has recently started playing shows around United Kingdom again.

John Lennon Was a Big Influence on Radiohead Frontman

According to Thom Yorke, it was Lennon’s side project called The Plastic Ono Band which most influence him and his own band.

Another Famous Band

Thom Yorke is a leader of another famous band called Atoms for Peace. The band has some famous members, including Flea, the bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joy Waronker, the drummer of R.E.M.

Thom Yorke Was Born With a Paralyzed Left Eye

Surgery was performed on it, but it didn’t go as well as planned and he has a drooping eyelid as a result.