Nude (song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"Nude"
Nude (Front Cover).jpg
Single by Radiohead
from the album In Rainbows
B-side
  • "4 Minute Warning"
  • "Down Is the New Up"
Released 31 March 2008
Format
Recorded 2005–2007
Genre Art rock
Length 4:15
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich
Radiohead singles chronology
"Jigsaw Falling into Place"
(2008)
"Nude"
(2008)
"House of Cards" / "Bodysnatchers"
(2008)

"Jigsaw Falling into Place"
(2008)
"Nude"
(2008)
"House of Cards"/
"Bodysnatchers"
(2008)

"Nude" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released in March 2008 as the second single from their seventh studio album In Rainbows (2007).

Radiohead first recorded the song during the sessions for their third album, OK Computer (1997), but were not satisfied with the results. They performed it several times over the following decade, making it one of their best-known unreleased songs, before settling on the final arrangement.

"Nude" became Radiohead's most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since their debut single "Creep" (1992), backed by a music video featuring the band in slow motion.

History[edit]

"Nude" had various working titles, including "Failure to Receive Repayment Will Put Your House at Risk", "Big Ideas" and "(Don't Get Any) Big Ideas".[1] The final title derives from an early version of the chorus, which had the lyric "What do you look like when you’re nude?"[2]

Radiohead recorded a version of "Nude" during the first sessions for their third album, OK Computer (1997), with producer Nigel Godrich. This version, inspired by Al Green, featured a Hammond organ, a "straighter" feel, and different lyrics. The band was initially pleased with the recording but, according to Godrich, "for some reason everyone went off it".[3]

"Nude" was first performed in the late 1990s by singer Thom Yorke in a solo performance in Japan.[1] Radiohead performed it several times over the following decade, and it became one of their best-known unreleased songs.[1] They and Godrich worked on "Nude" again during the sessions for their albums Kid A (2000) and Hail to the Thief (2003), but were not satisfied with the results.[3]

During the early sessions for Radiohead's seventh album In Rainbows (2007), bassist Colin Greenwood wrote a new bassline for the song, which, according to Godrich, "transformed it from something very straight into something that had much more of a rhythmic flow".[3] The band also removed a chorus and added a new ending.[3] They performed the new arrangement, along with other new material, on their 2006 tour before recording it for In Rainbows.[4] Three takes were recorded; the final take was used, with overdubs recorded in Covent Garden, London.[3]

Godrich said in 2008:[3]

Songs have a kind of window where they are really most alive – and you have to capture it. "Nude" missed its window, and it took a lot of reinvention to bring it back to the place where we could capture it again in a way that resonated for the people playing it. It was essentially the same song; nothing had really changed. What has changed are the people playing it.

Composition[edit]

Pitchfork described "Nude" as a "graceful and sorrowful version" of "sneering, knees-up" songs by the Kinks or Blur, or an inverse of Radiohead's 1997 single "No Surprises"; the lyrics address lyrics address "suburban ennui, crushing boredom, unfulfilling go-nowhere lives".[1] The chord progression uses a double-tonic complex, in which the keys of both E major and its relative minor C# are suggested.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Nude" was directed by Adam Buxton and Garth Jennings. It was released on December 31, 2007, as a part of the band's Scotch Mist webcast one day before the retail release of In Rainbows. The video features a Radiohead performance in slow motion, with feathers filling the screen.[6] According to Colin Greenwood:[7]

We just rented cameras from this old guy who normally does nature stuff and just jumped up and down in front of them. And then [Buxton and Jennings] edited it on their laptop and put it up on YouTube. It was so cool because we didn't have to go through three weeks of video commissioning and receiving dodgy scripts set on abandoned skyscrapers in downtown LA or something. If you go in thinking "let's try it," it's really liberating.

Release[edit]

"Nude" was released as a single on 31 March 2008.[8] To promote it, Radiohead held a competition for fans to create their own remixes of the song from the individual tracks of guitar, drums, bass, vocals and strings, available to download via iTunes. All remix entries were streamed on the Radiohead website.[9]

An early version of "Nude",recorded in the OK Computer sessions, is included in the special edition of the 2017 OK Computer reissue OKNOTOK 1997 2017.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Nude" outperformed Radiohead's previous single, "Jigsaw Falling into Place", reaching number 21 on the UK Singles Chart and as of 2018, remains their last single to reach the UK Top 40. It charted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Radiohead's second top 40 hit after "Creep" reached number 34 in 1993. It was also the first Radiohead song to make the Pop 100.[10] There is some controversy over the US chart placement, because many of the single's sales can be attributed to purchases of individual stems for the remix competition.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 52
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16] 11
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[17] 30
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 7
France (SNEP)[19] 76
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 18
Italy (FIMI)[21] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 23
Norway (VG-lista)[24] 4
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[25] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 21
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[28] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 37

Track listings[edit]

7"
  1. "Nude"
  2. "4 Minute Warning"[8]
CD
  1. "Nude" – 4:17
  2. "Down Is the New Up"[8] – 5:00
  3. "4 Minute Warning" – 4:05

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pitchfork's Guide to Radiohead's In Rainbows | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b Atkins, Jamie (22 June 2017). "OK Computer – OKNOTOK 1997-2017 - Record Collector Magazine". recordcollectormag.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "The Music Producers | Word Magazine". 3 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (2006-07-02). "With Radiohead, and Alone, the Sweet Malaise of Thom Yorke". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  5. ^ Osborn, Brad (2016). Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead. Oxford University Press. 
  6. ^ "'Nude' Radiohead Video Hits Web, EMI Airs Dirty Laundry". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  7. ^ Dombal, Ryan (28 March 2008). "Radiohead". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c "Radiohead announce new single details". NME. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  9. ^ "Radiohead Launch 'Nude' Remix Contest". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  10. ^ "Artist Chart History - Radiohead". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  11. ^ "Countin' Down The Drum Stems! Remixable Single Gives Radiohead A Hit". idolator.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Radiohead – Nude" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Radiohead – Nude" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Radiohead – Nude" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Radiohead – Nude". Tracklisten. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Radiohead – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Radiohead. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Radiohead: Nude" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Radiohead – Nude" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Chart Track: Week 14, 2008". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  21. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Radiohead – Nude". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Radiohead – Nude" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  23. ^ "Charts.nz – Radiohead – Nude". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Radiohead – Nude". VG-lista. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  25. ^ "Portugal Digital Songs: Apr. 19, 2008". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Radiohead – Nude". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  27. ^ "Radiohead: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  28. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  29. ^ "Radiohead Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 May 2015.