"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.
"I was kind of a geek when I was a kid, unashamedly so.
It was a yearning, emotive, grounded urge to create something real.""We had a lot of self-confidence and stupidity," says bassist Colin Greenwood. But in classic Nineties fashion, its success only left Yorke more adrift. It's shit.' " For a minute there, he lost himself.
"Back then," Yorke recalls, "the person I saw in the mirror kept saying, ' You're shit. Jonny still feels sorry for all of those young Alanis Morissette fans.
"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.
Little Dom's is one of his favorite spots – he was here the night before for dinner – but now it's midafternoon, and the restaurant has opened early just for him.