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Planet Telex

by

Radiohead



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Lead singer Thom Yorke was drunk and improvising when he recorded the vocals. The band came to the studio after drinking a lot of wine, and Yorke lied on the floor and sang. He did only one take.
The original title was "Planet Xerox," but Xerox is a copyrighted name and would have caused problems if they used it.
The album title refers to a condition divers get when they come to the surface too fast. It is a commentary on Radiohead's sudden fame.
The drums in this song were cut up from different parts of other songs from the sessions for the album. (thanks, Charlie - Stittstown, Canada)
Yorke: "The product of a single sex education, romantic novels and art college." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments (6):

It's also cut up and used in the background of Letter from God to Man, by Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.
It's a good song, go listen to it :]
- Peter, Leicester, United Kingdom
my most favourite song on the album, apart from "the Bends","street spirit" and so forth
- Max, Sydney, Australia
awesome song, love the drums
- nick, bridgeton, ME
Telex is also a commercial name, belonging to an outfit which makes microphones and headsets. It is also the short form of "TeleType Exchange," a precursor to the Internet for commercial text transmission.
- Keith, SLC, UT
This is the first Radiohead song I ever heard. I think it's awesome! I like the special effects they use in the beginning of the song. And the lead guitar during verse 2 is just awesome.
- Gabe, Utica, NY
it was supposed to be called planet xerox but they couldn't get the rights to use the commercial name
- Max, Montreal, Canada
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