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"High and Dry" / "Planet Telex"
High and Dry Planet Telex CD1.jpg
Single by Radiohead
from the album The Bends
Released27 February 1995 (1995-02-27)[1]
Genre ("Planet Telex")
  • 4:18 ("Planet Telex")
  • 4:17 ("High and Dry")
Radiohead singles chronology
"My Iron Lung"
"High and Dry" / "Planet Telex"
"Fake Plastic Trees"
Audio sample
Sample of "High and Dry"
Music video
"High and Dry" on YouTube

"High and Dry" and "Planet Telex" are songs by the English rock band Radiohead. They were 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. "Planet Telex" developed from studio experimentation with drum loops. Two music videos were produced for "High and Dry".


Songwriter Thom Yorke performed an early version of "High and Dry" with the band Headless Chickens while he was a student at the University of Exeter in the late 1980s.[4] He said the lyrics were about "some loony girl I was going out with", but became "mixed up with ideas about success and failure".[5] In 1993, Radiohead recorded a demo version with their live engineer, Jim Warren,[6] but dismissed it as "too Rod Stewart".[5] It was rediscovered and remastered for inclusion on their second album, The Bends (1995).[6] In 2006, Yorke said that Radiohead's record label, EMI, had pressured him to release it and that it was a "very bad" song.[7]

Radiohead wrote and recorded "Planet Telex" in a single session at RAK Studios while working on The Bends. It developed from experiments with a drum loop taken from another song, the B-side "Killer Cars", to which Radiohead added piano processed with multiple delay effects. The band had recently returned from a restaurant, and Yorke recorded the vocals drunk, slumped in a corner. According to the producer, John Leckie, "We had the whole thing down within a couple of hours, which was really refreshing and fun to do."[8] The original title was "Planet Xerox", but Radiohead were denied permission to use the Xerox trademark.[8]


Pitchfork credited Bends songs as such as "High and Dry" and "Fake Plastic Trees" for anticipating the "airbrushed" post-Britpop of Coldplay and Travis.[9] The Irish Times said that "High and Dry" had "essentially invented Coldplay".[10]

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
1996 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




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[23]
sales since 2009
Gold 35,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Notable cover versions[edit]

  • In 2002, British artist Jamie Cullum included a version of "High and Dry" on his first major album release Pointless Nostalgic. The track was later included on the US version of his 2003 album Twentysomething, while the UK special edition (2004) carried a live recording of the song by Cullum.
  • In 2006, American singer-songwriter Bilal and keyboardist-producer Pete Kuzma covered the song in a soul style for the Radiohead tribute album Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads.[25] According to Status magazine, a cover of this song had also been recorded by Bilal for his unreleased second album Love for Sale.[26]
  • In 2016, the song was covered by Morgan Heritage on a 10-year anniversary special edition release of Radiodread by reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars.


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  23. ^ "Italian single certifications – Radiohead – High and Dry" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 2 November 2021. Select "2021" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "High and Dry" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli" under "Sezione".
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