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"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)
Length4:17 (High and Dry)
4:18 (Planet Telex)
Radiohead singles chronology
"My Iron Lung"
"Planet Telex" / "High and Dry"
"Fake Plastic Trees"
Audio sample
Sample of "High and Dry"
Music video
"High and Dry" on YouTube

"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. "High and Dry" was recorded as a demo during the sessions of Radiohead's first album, Pablo Honey (1993), and remastered for inclusion on The Bends. Two music videos were produced for "High and Dry".


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 videos[edit]

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 listing[edit]

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



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1995–1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 62
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 31
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[8] 11
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[9] 70
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[10] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 22
Scotland (OCC)[12]
with "Planet Telex"
UK Singles (OCC)[13]
with "Planet Telex"
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 78
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[15] 18

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP)[16] 956


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Notable cover versions[edit]


  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. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 12 no. 11. 18 March 1995. p. 27. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (15.4. '95 – 21.4. '95)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 12 April 1995. p. 62. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ " – Radiohead – High and Dry". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Top AFP – Audiogest – Top 3000 Singles + EPs Digitais" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  17. ^ "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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