Planet Telex

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"High and Dry / Planet Telex"
"High and Dry / Planet Telex" CD1 single cover
Single by Radiohead
from the album The Bends
A-side "High and Dry"
B-side "Maquiladora" and "Planet Telex" (hexidecimal mix) (CD1)
"Killer Cars" and "Planet Telex" (l.f.o. jd mix) (CD2)
Released February 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:18
Label Parlophone (UK)
Writer(s) Radiohead
Producer(s) John Leckie
Radiohead singles chronology
"Stop Whispering"
"High and Dry"/"Planet Telex"
"Fake Plastic Trees"
The Bends track listing
"Planet Telex"
"The Bends"

"Planet Telex" is a song written by Radiohead and is the opening track of their 1995 album The Bends. It was released as a double A-side single with "High and Dry", although receiving far less airplay. Originally known as "Planet Xerox", the title was changed to its current name since Xerox is a trademark.

This is the only song written during The Bends recording session (i.e. not beforehand). It was recorded one night when the band returned to the studio after consuming a great amount of alcohol. Lead singer Thom Yorke did vocals lying down while intoxicated.[1]

This is one of the most frequently remixed songs in Radiohead's catalogue. Some thought its more atmospheric keyboard-dominated sound, compared to other tracks on The Bends, was an indication of the band's future sound on albums such as OK Computer and Kid A. Radiohead have commented that the first or last songs on their albums tend to point ahead to their next album.[citation needed]

The song is also used by British hip-hop duo Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip in their 2008 single "Letter from God to Man"

The opening part of this track is looped and played as background music for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) TV/radio show Q. The music plays while the host gives an opening monologue.[2]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "High and Dry" – 4:17
  2. "Planet Telex" – 4:18
  3. "Maquiladora" – 3:27
  4. "Planet Telex" (Hexidecimal Mix) – 6:44


  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


  • Thom Yorke - vocals, electric guitar, piano, Rhodes piano
  • Jonny Greenwood - electric guitar, organ, recorder, synthesizer
  • Ed O'Brien - electric guitar
  • Colin Greenwood - bass
  • Phil Selway - drums


  1. ^ Planet Telex Songfacts
  2. ^ " | Q | FAQ". CBC News. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 

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