The Rip (song)

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"The Rip"
Single by Portishead
from the album Third
Released 9 June 2008
Format Digital download, 12"
Recorded 2005–2008
Length 4:29
Writer(s) Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley
Producer(s) Portishead
Portishead singles chronology
"Machine Gun"
"The Rip"
"Magic Doors"

"The Rip" is a single by Portishead released in June 2008. It is the second release from the band's album Third. It was previously called "Mystic".[citation needed]

The animated music video for the song made by Nick Uff was first broadcast on 12 May 2008, on the band's website.

The song has been covered live by Radiohead during soundchecks on their 2008 tour, and Colin Greenwood has recorded a video of Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke covering the song acoustically, which was posted on Radiohead's official website.[1] This cover version was well received by members of Portishead; Adrian Utley remarked that it was "such a buzz".[2]

Garrett Kamps of The Village Voice called the song "so good it may have been worth waiting 10 years for".[3]

The song was listed at #199 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Rip" – 4:30
  2. "Silence" (Portishead live on Current TV) (EU digital download bonus track; Japan iTunes Store bonus track) – 4:37
  3. "The Rip" (EU and Japan iTunes Store bonus video) – 4:10


Chart (2008) Peak
France (SNEP)[4] 98


  1. ^ "thom and Jonny playing the rip by portishead". 9 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Portishead finish 2008". 6 Music. BBC. 10 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. 
  3. ^ Kamps, Garrett (2008-04-15). "Portishead: Replicants of Funk". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Portishead – The Rip". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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