Planet Telex / High and Dry

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"Planet Telex" and "High and Dry" are songs by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released as a double-A side single from their second studio album The Bends (1995) on 5 March 1995. Two music videos were produced for "High and Dry".

"Planet Telex" / "High and Dry"
High and Dry Planet Telex CD1.jpg
Single by Radiohead
from the album The Bends
Released27 February 1995 (1995-02-27)
Radiohead singles chronology
"My Iron Lung"
"Planet Telex" / "High and Dry"
"Fake Plastic Trees"
Audio sample
Music video
"High and Dry" on YouTube


Radiohead wrote and recorded “Planet Telex” in a single session at RAK Studios. It developed from experiments with a drum loop taken from B-side "Killer Cars", to which the band added piano processed with multiple delay effects. As the band had returned from a restaurant, songwriter Thom Yorke recorded the vocals drunk, slumped in a corner. According to producer John Leckie, "We had the whole thing down within a couple of hours, which was really refreshing and fun to do."[1] The original title was "Planet Xerox", but the band was denied permission to use the Xerox trademark.[1]

Yorke performed an early version of "High and Dry" with the band Headless Chickens while he was a student at University of Exeter in the late 1980s.[2] Yorke said the lyrics were about "some loony girl I was going out with", but became "mixed up with ideas about success and failure".[3] In 1993, Radiohead recorded a demo version with their live engineer, Jim Warren,[4] but dismissed it as "too Rod Stewart".[3] During the recording sessions for The Bends, the demo was rediscovered and remastered for inclusion on the album.[4] In a 2006 interview with Pitchfork, Yorke said that the label had pressured him to release "High and Dry" and felt that it was a "very bad" song.[5]

Music videosEdit

Two music videos were created for "High and Dry": one for the British market, featuring Radiohead in a California desert, and one for the USA, set in a diner. Only the US version appears on the band's 1998 video compilation 7 Television Commercials. Both appear on the Radiohead: The Best Of DVD, released in 2008 by EMI.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

1."High and Dry"4:17
2."Planet Telex"4:18
4."Planet Telex" (Hexidecimal Mix)6:44
Total length:18:46
1."Planet Telex"4:18
2."High and Dry"4:17
3."Killer Cars"3:02
4."Planet Telex" (L.F.O. JD Mix)4:40
Total length:16:17
12" vinyl
1."Planet Telex" (Hexidecimal Mix)6:44
2."Planet Telex" (L.F.O. JD Mix)4:40
3."Planet Telex" (Hexidecimal Dub)7:32
4."High and Dry"4:17
Total length:22:14
US release
1."High and Dry"4:16
2."India Rubber"3:26
4."How Can You Be Sure"4:21
5."Just" (live at the Forum)3:47
Total length:19:12



Chart (1995–1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 62
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 31
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[8] 11
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[9] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 22
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11]
Double A-side with "Planet Telex"
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12]
Double A-side with "Planet Telex"
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 78
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[14] 18


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 200,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Notable cover versionsEdit


  1. ^ a b Randall, Mac (2012-02-01). Exit Music: The Radiohead Story Updated Edition. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1-4584-7147-5.
  2. ^ "Rare Footage Surfaces of Thom Yorke Performing "High and Dry" With Pre-Radiohead Band". Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  3. ^ a b Bambarger, Bradley (17 February 1996). "The Modern Age". Billboard.
  4. ^ a b R, Mac; Feature, all 2015-05-15T16:10:09Z. "Radiohead's 'The Bends,' 20 Years Later: Reexamining a Modern Rock Masterpiece". guitarworld. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  5. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (2006-08-16). "Pitchfork: Interviews: Thom Yorke". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2933." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9200." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (15.4. '95 – 21.4. '95)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 12 April 1995. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  10. ^ " – Radiohead – High and Dry". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Radiohead – High & Dry". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 April 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type High & Dry in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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