Jigsaw Falling into Place

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"Jigsaw Falling Into Place"
Single by Radiohead
from the album In Rainbows
B-side Videotape, Down Is the New Up, Last Flowers
Released 14 January 2008
Format Download, 7", CD
Genre Alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 4:09
Label XL Recordings
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich, Radiohead
Radiohead singles chronology
"2 + 2 = 5"
(2003)
"Jigsaw Falling into Place"
(2008)
"Nude"
(2008)
In Rainbows track listing

"Jigsaw Falling into Place" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead and is the penultimate track on their 2007 album In Rainbows. The song was released as the first single from In Rainbows on 14 January 2008, following the album's "standard" physical release on December 31, 2007.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The song was previously known as "Open Pick", a title it was given provisionally when it was performed during Radiohead's 2006 tour.[3]

The song spent several weeks as one of the 100-most-played songs on US modern rock radio, peaking at #69,[4] receiving more support than any other In Rainbows song with the exception of "Bodysnatchers", which hit #8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart,[5] and House of Cards which peaked at #48.[6]

The track reached #30 in the UK singles chart on its first week of release, their lowest ranking chart entry since "Lucky" in 1995. However, "Jigsaw" was the first Radiohead single since the band's inception not to be released through EMI-controlled Parlophone, their former major record label. The single was instead released in the UK by independent label XL Records.

Time magazine named "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #5. Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised the song’s “tightness” whose rise in intensity he likened to a three-act play, and described the song as “a journey through flirtation, consummation and regret [that] gets about as close as you can to summing up a doomed relationship in four minutes.”[7][8]

The song was featured in the 5th season finale of CSI: NY in the episode entitled Pay Up.[9] With "Everything in Its Right Place", it inspired contemporary classical composer Steve Reich's instrumental work, Radio Rewrite.[10] Reich describes "Jigsaw" as "a beautiful song" with "elaborate harmonic movement."[10]

Music video[edit]

The black-and-white music video features the five members of Radiohead playing the song in a room with footage taken using "head cams". The video was directed by Adam Buxton and Garth Jennings. It was uploaded to the band's YouTube page on 28 November 2007. It is the first Radiohead video to feature the whole band since the video for the band's 2003 "2 + 2 = 5" single.

Track listing[edit]

7"
  1. "Jigsaw Falling into Place" – 4:09
  2. "Videotape" (Live from the Basement)[11] – 4:26
CD
  1. "Jigsaw Falling into Place" – 4:09
  2. "Down Is the New Up" (Live from the Basement)[11] – 5:07
  3. "Last Flowers" (Live from the Basement)[11] – 4:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Thom Yorke - vocals, guitar
  • Colin Greenwood - bass
  • Jonny Greenwood - guitar, ondes Martenot, string arrangement
  • Ed O'Brien - guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Selway - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' to be released on CD this year". NME. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Radiohead Reveal UK Rainbows Release Date, Single". Pitchfork Media. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Pitchfork's Guide to Radiohead's In Rainbows". Pitchfork Media. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Mediabase 24/7 - 7 Day Charts - Alternative - Dec 21-Dec 27". Mediabase. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Radiohead: Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Mediabase Alternative Charts". R&R[[{{subst:DATE}}|{{subst:DATE}}]] [disambiguation needed]. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  7. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh; "The Best Top 10 Lists of the Year"; "The 10 Best Songs"; Time magazine; December 24, 2007; Page 39.
  8. ^ "Time magazine's Top 10 Songs of 2007 at time.com". TIME.com. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "CSI: NY". TuneFind. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis. Steve Reich on Schoenberg, Coltrane and Radiohead. The Guardian (1 March 2013) (accessed 8 March 2013)
  11. ^ a b c "Radiohead announce new release details". NME. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 

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