There There

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"There there."
Radiohead There there singlecover.jpg
Single by Radiohead
from the album Hail to the Thief
B-side "Paperbag Writer"
"Where Bluebirds Fly"
Released 26 May 2003
Format CD, 12"
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:23 (Album Version)
4:44 (Radio Edit)
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway and Thom Yorke
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich, Radiohead
Radiohead singles chronology
"Knives Out"
"There there."
"Go to Sleep"
"Knives Out"
"There There"
"Go to Sleep"
Music video
"There There" on YouTube

"There there. (The Boney King of Nowhere.)", commonly referred to as "There There", is a song by the English rock band Radiohead. It was released as the lead single from their sixth album, Hail to the Thief (2003), on 6 May 2003. The song appears on Radiohead: The Best Of (2008).[citation needed]


Most of Hail to the Thief was recorded in six weeks at Ocean Way Recording studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 2002, with Radiohead's longtime producer Nigel Godrich.[1] The band struggled to record a version of "There There" that satisfied them, and feared the song may be lost. After rerecording it in their Oxfordshire studio, Yorke was so relieved to have captured the song he wept, feeling it was the band's best work.[2]


"There There" is a guitar-led rock song with layered percussion building to a loud terminal climax on new material.[3] It was influenced by krautrock band Can,[4] Siouxsie and the Banshees[5] and the Pixies.[2][6]

Music video[edit]

Yorke asked Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate to create a music video for lead single "There There", but Postgate, who was retired, declined. Instead, a stop-motion animation video was created by Chris Hopewell.[7] The video debuted on the Times Square Jumbotron in New York on 20 May 2003, and received hourly play that day on MTV2.[8] The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction at the 2003 MTV Video Awards.[citation needed]

Demo version[edit]

A demo version was released as the B-side to Radiohead's 2003 single "2 + 2 = 5".


"There There" reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and number one in Canada. It also received moderate airplay from US modern rock stations, peaking at number fourteen on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Track listing[edit]

CD & 12":

  1. "There There" - 5:23
  2. "Paperbag Writer" - 3:58
  3. "Where Bluebirds Fly" - 4:32


  • Thom Yorke
  • Jonny Greenwood
  • Ed O'Brien
  • Colin Greenwood
  • Philip Selway


Country Date Label Format Catalogue number
Japan 21 May 2003 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP 40161
United Kingdom 26 May 2003 Parlophone 12" 12R6608
CD CDR6608


Chart (2003) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 4
Italian Singles Chart 5
Finland Singlies Chart 5
Ireland Singles Chart 7
Norwegian Singles Chart 8
Danish Singles Chart 9
Australian Singles Chart 28
Dutch Singles Chart 48
French Singles Chart 54
German Singles Chart 67
Swiss Singles Chart 76
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 14
European Hot 100 Singles 7


  1. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (19 June 2003). "Radiohead: A New Life". MTV. Retrieved 28 March 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Radiohead Hail to the Thief – Interview CD" (Interview). 2003.  Promotional interview CD sent to British music press.
  3. ^ Osborn, Brad (2016). Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead. Oxford University Press. 
  4. ^ "Thom Yorke on 'Hail to the Thief'". Xfm London. 2 July 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Radiohead Artist Page". Retrieved 15 December 2007. 
  6. ^ NME Magazine, 10 May 2003
  7. ^ Q, July 2003
  8. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (14 June 2003). "Web Leak Fails to Deter Capitol's Radiohead Setup". Billboard. 

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Preceded by
"In da Club" by 50 Cent
Canadian number-one single
14 June 2003 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Bridge over Troubled Water" by Clay Aiken