Thom Yorke's Voice "Wreaks Havoc" For Chipotle Music Selector

Nick Giannettino

by Nick Giannettino

Published July 12, 2013

Christopher Golub, the man behind Chipotle Mexican Grill's music

In an interview with Denver's Westword, Christopher Golub, the man who creates the song playlists for more than 1,400 Chipotle restaurants, shared an interesting detail about what he's found while crafting the soundtrack. According to Golub, "the high, tenuous yowl of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke wreaks havoc with the steel and concrete of a Chipotle buildout."

You know that if you go into a store, you've got the small, hard surfaces. You've got concrete floors, a lot of windows, hard walls and a lot of cooking gear and tile. So that doesn't work with certain songs.

As a former employee at a Chipotle branch back home in Florida, I don't recall Thom Yorke's voice wreaking any havoc, but do remember hearing "Karma Police" a few times.


NME incorrectly reported that the music was banned from Chipotle. They've released a statement to the contrary via UT San Diego:

Chipotle does, in fact, include two Radiohead songs, "Lotus Flower" and "Separator," on the list of songs played at its 1,400-plus outlets worldwide

Click here for the full Christopher Golub interview at Westword

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