Supercollider / The Butcher

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"Supercollider" / "The Butcher"
Radiohead - Supercollider The Butcher.jpg
Single by Radiohead
Released 16 April 2011
Recorded 2009–11
Length 11:37
Label Ticker Tape Ltd.
Radiohead singles chronology
"These Are My Twisted Words"
"Supercollider" / "The Butcher"
"The Daily Mail" / "Staircase"

"These Are My Twisted Words"
"Supercollider" / "The Butcher"
"The Daily Mail" / "Staircase"

"Supercollider" and "The Butcher" are songs by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released as a double A-side in April 2011 for Record Store Day and June in North America.

History and composition[edit]

Singer Thom Yorke first performed "Supercollider" solo on 6 June 2008 at Malahide Castle, Dublin.[1] Radiohead worked on it during the recording of their eighth album, The King of Limbs, but did not finish it until March 2011, one month after the album's release. The song features a "calm electronic pulse".[2]

"The Butcher" was recorded and mixed during the King of Limbs sessions, but excluded from the album as it did not fit with the other tracks.[3] It features "stuttering"[4] drums and a one-note bassline.[2]


"Supercollider / The Butcher" released as a double A-side single on 12-inch vinyl in the UK, Europe and Japan on 16 April 2011 for Record Store Day.[5][6] It was released on the same format in the United States and Canada on 14 June 2011. On 18 April 2011, Radiohead released downloads of the tracks to those who had ordered The King of Limbs from their website.


The Guardian described "Supercollider" as having "a lovely rise and fall", especially praising Yorke's falsetto.[2] Rolling Stone described the songs as "superb electro ballads" that would have fit the "moodier second half" of The King of Limbs, and awarded the single 4 out of 5.[4]

Track listing[edit]

2."The Butcher"4:35
Total length:11:37


Chart (2011) Peak
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 19
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[8] 26


  1. ^ "Listen to new Radiohead song online now - NME". NME. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2018-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c Cragg, Michael (2011-04-18). "New music: Radiohead – Supercollider/The Butcher". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
  3. ^ Email sent out by the band upon release.
  4. ^ a b ""Supercollider"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Record Store Day - Exclusive Product". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Adriaan Pels (13 April 2011). "Radiohead's Record Store Day release for UK, Europe and Japan only". Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Radiohead: Supercollider / The Butcher" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2017.

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