Planet Telex

Album: The Bends (1995)
Charted: 17

Songfacts®:

  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charlie - Stittstown, Canada
  • Yorke: "The product of a single sex education, romantic novels and art college." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 7

  • Daniel from Indianapolis, InI love how Thom Yorke sang this drunk, on the floor, in one take. Lmao
  • Peter from Leicester, United KingdomIt'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 :]
  • Max from Sydney, Australiamy most favourite song on the album, apart from "the Bends","street spirit" and so forth
  • Nick from Bridgeton, Meawesome song, love the drums
  • Keith from Slc, UtTelex 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.
  • Gabe from Utica, NyThis 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.
  • Max from Montreal, Canadait was supposed to be called planet xerox but they couldn't get the rights to use the commercial name
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