High and Dry

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"High and Dry/Planet Telex"
High and Dry/Planet Telex CD1 single cover
Single by Radiohead
from the album The Bends
A-side "Planet Telex"
B-side "Maquiladora" and "Planet Telex" (hexidecimal mix) (CD1)
"Killer Cars" and "Planet Telex" (l.f.o. jd mix) (CD2)
"India Rubber", "Maquiladora", "How Can You Be Sure" and "Just" (Live at the Forum) (U.S.)
Released February 1995
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:17
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol Records (US)
Writer(s) Radiohead
Producer(s) John Leckie
Radiohead singles chronology
"My Iron Lung"
"High and Dry"/"Planet Telex"
"Fake Plastic Trees"
The Bends track listing
"The Bends" "High and Dry"
"Fake Plastic Trees"

"High and Dry" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, and was the first single released from their second album, The Bends (1995). It was as a double A-side with album opener "Planet Telex". "High and Dry" was released in the UK on 5 March 1995 and remains one of the band's most popular radio hits, despite reaching only #17 upon release.

"High And Dry" was recorded during the Pablo Honey sessions but was dismissed by the band, who thought that it sounded like a Rod Stewart song.[1] However, during the sessions for The Bends it was rediscovered and remastered, as it was felt that it worked well with the rest of the album's content. The version that appears on the album is the original demo; it was never re-recorded.

The song is widely regarded as Radiohead's most accessible pop hit, and was a live favorite, though it has not been performed in almost two decades. In a 2007 interview with Pitchfork Media, Thom Yorke stated that he did not like the song, saying "It's not bad... it's very bad". He also stated that he was pressured into including the song on The Bends.[2]

In 2008, the song was featured on the Radiohead: The Best Of collection.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "High and Dry" - 4:17
  2. "Planet Telex" - 4:18
  3. "Maquiladora" - 3:27
  4. "Planet Telex (Hexidecimal Mix)" - 6:44


  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

12" vinyl[edit]

  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


  1. "High and Dry" - 4:16
  2. "India Rubber" - 3:26
  3. "Maquiladora" - 3:26
  4. "How Can You Be Sure" - 4:21
  5. "Just" (live at the forum) - 3:47


  • Thom Yorke - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
  • Jonny Greenwood - electric guitar
  • Ed O'Brien - electric guitar
  • Colin Greenwood - bass
  • Phil Selway - drums

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were created for "High and Dry", one produced for the American market and another for Britain. The former, directed by Paul Cunningham, stars the band in a diner (Dick's Restaurant & Cocktails, in San Leandro, California), where other patrons are involved in dramas of their own, which are revealed through the use of flashbacks. A couple and the diner's cook are involved in an unspecified crime. A businessman is hiding something in his briefcase. In the end, the two dramas are resolved when the guilty parties are betrayed, the cook gives the couple a time bomb and the businessman is ambushed and killed (though the murder is only suggested).

The British version of the video is in black and white, directed by David Mould. It shows the band performing in a desert setting amidst trucks and filming equipment. By the end of the video, it rains on the band, but they continue playing. This was actually the first version of the video produced, but the band expressed dissatisfaction with it, leading to the other video. Only the US version appears on the band's 1998 video compilation 7 Television Commercials, and both the UK and U.S. versions appear on the Radiohead: The Best Of DVD released in 2008 by EMI.

Other appearances[edit]

The song is heard in the background of a scene in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The song is also featured in the 2011 film 50/50 and in the second episode of the first season of The Newsroom.


  1. ^ "Further Information about "High and Dry"". followmearound.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  2. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (2006-08-16). "Pitchfork: Interviews: Thom Yorke". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 

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