"Play It Cool" was released on CD, cassette and 7" on 22 September 1997 and reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart and is a slightly different version from the one featured on their album Radiator. The cover art is the fourth in a series of five Pete Fowler paintings commissioned by the band for Radiator and its singles. Fowler's art was inspired by "Play It Cool" and features a "mutant blue dog" according to Record Collector. The packaging of the single features the Welsh language quote "Adar o'r unlliw hedfant i'r unlle", which roughly translates into English as "Birds of a feather flock together". The track was included on the band's 'greatest hits' compilation album Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1, issued in 2004.