High and Dry

High and Dry

Infobox Single
Name = High and Dry/Planet Telex


Caption = High and Dry/Planet Telex CD1 single cover
Artist = Radiohead
Album = The Bends
A-side = "Planet Telex"
B-side = "Maquiladora" and "Planet Telex" (hexidecimal mix) (CD1)
"Killer Cars" and "Planet Telex" (l.f.o. jd mix) (CD2)
"India Rubber", "Maquiladora", "How Can You Be Sure" and "Just" (Live at the Forum) (U.S.)
Released = February 1995
Recorded = 1992-1993
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 4:17
Label = Parlophone (UK)
Capitol Records (US)
Writer = Radiohead
Producer = John Leckie
Radiohead
Last single = "Stop Whispering"
(1993)
This single = "High and Dry"/"Planet Telex"
(1995)
Next single = "Fake Plastic Trees"
(1995)
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = CD2 cover
Type = single


Lower caption = High and Dry/Planet Telex CD2 single cover
Extra tracklisting
Album = The Bends
Type = studio
prev_track = "The Bends"
track_no = 2
this_track = "High and Dry"
track_no = 3
next_track = "Fake Plastic Trees"
next_no = 4

"High and Dry" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, and was the second single released from their second album, "The Bends" (1995). It was as a double A-side with album opener "Planet Telex". "High and Dry" was released in the UK on 5 March 1995 and peaked at only number 17 in the UK singles chart, despite being one of the band's most well known radio tracks.

"High and Dry" was recorded during the "Pablo Honey" sessions but was dismissed by the band, who thought that it sounded like a Rod Stewart song. [cite web | url = http://www.followmearound.com/high_and_dry.php | title = High and Dry lyrics ] However, during the sessions for "The Bends" it was rediscovered and remastered, as it was felt that it worked well with the rest of the album's content. The version that appears on the album is the original demo; it was never re-recorded.

The song is widely regarded as Radiohead's most accessible pop hit, and was a live favourite, though it has not been performed in a decade. There was speculation this was mostly due to the demands of the vocal part on Thom Yorke's voice. However, in a recent interview, Yorke instead stated that he simply did not like the song, saying "It's not bad... it's very bad". He also stated that "I had my arm twisted" with regards to releasing the song at all. [cite web | url = http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/37863/Interview_Interview_Thom_Yorke | title = Interview with Thom Yorke ]

Track listing

CD1

# "High and Dry" - 4:17
# "Planet Telex" - 4:18
# "Maquiladora" - 3:27
# "Planet Telex (hexidecimal mix) - 6:44

CD2

# "Planet Telex" - 4:18
# "High & Dry" - 4:17
# "Killer Cars" - 3:02
# "Planet Telex" (l.f.o. jd mix) - 4:40

U.S.

# "High and Dry" - 4:16
# "India Rubber" - 3:26
# "Maquiladora" - 3:26
# "How Can You Be Sure" - 4:21
# "Just" (live at the forum) - 3:47

Music videos

Two music videos were created for "High and Dry", one produced for the American market and another for Britain. The first version, directed by Paul Cunningham, stars the band in a diner, where other patrons are involved in dramas of their own, which are revealed through the use of flashbacks. A couple and the diner's cook are involved in an unspecified crime. A businessman is hiding something in his briefcase. In the end, the two dramas are resolved when the guilty parties are betrayed, the cook gives the couple a time bomb and the businessman is ambushed and killed (though the murder is only suggested). The British version of the video is in black and white, directed by David Mould. It shows the band performing in a desert setting amidst trucks and filming equipment. By the end of the video, it rains on the band, but they continue playing. This was actually the first version of the video produced, but the band expressed dissatisfaction with it, leading to the other video. Only the US version appears on the band's 1998 video compilation "7 Television Commercials".

Cover versions

A cover version of the song appears on English pop-jazz singer Jamie Cullum's album "Pointless Nostalgic", and on some international versions of his subsequent album "Twentysomething". Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler covered the song in English and with an acoustic guitar on his album 12 segundos de oscuridad. A version of the song with Spanish lyrics and in a timba style was recorded by Cuban band Los Van Van for the collaborative nonprofit album "Rhythms del Mundo". American pop/punk band Yellowcard covered this song for AOL Sessions Under Cover.

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