2 + 2 = 5 (song)

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"2 + 2 = 5"
Radiohead 2+2=5 CD1.jpg
Single by Radiohead
from the album Hail to the Thief
Released17 November 2003
Format
Genre
Length3:21
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)Radiohead
Producer(s)
Radiohead singles chronology
"Go to Sleep"
(2003)
"2 + 2 = 5"
(2003)
"Jigsaw Falling into Place"
(2008)
Audio sample

"2 + 2 = 5" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as the third and final single from their sixth album, Hail to the Thief (2003). It reached number two on the Canadian Singles Chart, number 12 on the Italian Singles Chart, and number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. It was featured on Radiohead: The Best Of (2008).

Recording[edit]

"2 + 2 = 5" is a rock song that builds to a loud climax.[1] It was recorded in 2002 at Ocean Way Recording studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, with producer Nigel Godrich.[2] It was recorded as a studio test, and finished in two hours.[3]

Alternative title[edit]

Hail to the Thief lists alternative titles for each of its songs. The alternative title for "2 + 2 = 5" is "The Lukewarm". According to songwriter Thom Yorke, the alternative title references Dante's Inferno, in which the "lukewarm" are those in hell who did nothing wrong but did not oppose wrongdoing.[4]

Track listings[edit]

Promotional CD (CDRDJ6623)

  1. "2 + 2 = 5" - 3:21

Promotional 12" (12RDJWL6623)

  1. "Sktterbrain" (Four Tet remix)
  2. "Remyxomatosis" (Cristian Vogel RMX)

CD1 (CDR6623)

  1. "2 + 2 = 5" - 3:21
  2. "Remyxomatosis" (Cristian Vogel RMX) - 5:07
  3. "There There" (first demo) - 7:43

CD2 (CDRS6623)

  1. "2 + 2 = 5" - 3:21
  2. "Skttrbrain" (Four Tet remix) - 4:26
  3. "I Will" (Los Angeles version) - 2:14

DVD (DVDR6623)

  1. "2 + 2 = 5" - 3:21
  2. "Sit Down Stand Up" (Ed Holdsworth's video)
  3. "The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time" (excerpt)

Personnel[edit]

  • Thom Yorke - vocals, guitar
  • Jonny Greenwood - guitar, analogue systems, ondes Martenot
  • Ed O'Brien - guitar, effects, backing vocals
  • Colin Greenwood - bass
  • Philip Selway - drums, percussion

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 54
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[6] 2
France (SNEP)[7] 64
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 36
Italy (FIMI)[9] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 99
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (2011). 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day. HarperCollins. p. 519. ISBN 0-06-167015-4.
  2. ^ "MAPS AND LEGENDS". NME. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Radiohead Hail to the Thief interview CD" (Interview). Parlophone. 22 April 2003. Promotional interview CD sent to British music press.
  4. ^ "Thom Yorke on 'Hail To The Thief'". XFM online. Retrieved 29 October 2006.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Radiohead – 2+2=5" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 47, 2003". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Radiohead – 2+2=5". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Radiohead – 2+2=5" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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