Fake Plastic Trees
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version originale
27 février 1995, High & Dry cassette
13 mars 1995, The Bends
15 mai 1995, Fake Plastic Trees
1995, BO film Clueless
septembre 1994, Oxford
4:52
version radio
15 mai 1995, promo Fake Plastic Trees
4:12
version acoustique
15 mai 1995, Fake Plastic Trees CD2
4:41
live
?, EP Pinkpop
5:27
live MTV
live pour MTV 120 Minutes
4:47
reprises multiples...
17 avril 2001, Plastic Mutations, transient featuring shelonda
4:52
26 juin 2001, Anyone Can Play Radiohead, October Hill
5:01
27 octobre 2003, True love waits, Christopher O'Riley
4:58

D'après Thom, ce titre est à propos de Canary Wharf à Londres. La version acoustique a été utilisée dans le film Clueless. C'est un des plus grands hits du groupe; il est de tous leurs concerts (ou presque).

Thom
The product of a joke that wasn't really a joke and a very lonely drunken evening and well, a breakdown of sorts.
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Phil
Some of my favourite lyrics on the album - 'Gravity always wins' - what a line.
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Ed
This took a while to record only because it was better Thom just singing it with an acoustic guitar. Amazing lyrics.
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Jonny
My favourite lyrics on the album. Writing the string parts was my studio highlight, in a megalomaniac kinda way.
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Colin
Er...Deep?.
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Ed
When we first recorded Fake Plastic Trees it was terrible! It sounded like Guns n' Roses. It was awful! It was like loud guitars... You could envisage one of these dreadful hilltop, Grand Canyon-esque videos. It was long hair flowing.

John Leckie avait persuadé le groupe d'aller voir Jeff Buckley au London's Garage (1er septembre 1994).

John Leckie
He realised that you could sing like he did, in falsetto, without sounding drippy

Mais quand le groupe est retourné au studio (The Manor, près d'Oxford), l'atmosphère était plutôt tendue.

Thom
That was one of the worst days for me. I spent the first five or six hours at the studio just throwing a wobbly. I shouted at everyone and then John Leckie sent everybody else away. He sat me down and I did a guide vocal on Fake Plastic Trees.
Colin
Thom played it in three takes, then burst into tears afterwards. And that's what we used for the record.
Colin
On était allé voir Jeff Buckley en concert, tout seul avec une pinte de bière et sa guitare, et quand nous sommes rentrés au studio, Thom a enregistré les voix en deux prises et a fondu en larmes.

Malgré l'heure tardive, la tension n'est pas tombée : Caroline Lavelle et Johnny Mathias devaient venir jouer les cordes (violoncelle et violon) le jour suivant.

John Leckie
I said to Jonny, 'We'd better have something for them to play'. So he just sat down there and then and scored it.
J'ai dit à Jonny : 'Nous avons intérêt à avoir quelque chose à leur faire jouer'. Alors il s'est assis, et il a écrit la partition pour les cordes.
Nigel Godrich
I remember one time, during the recording of Fake Plastic Trees, Thom Yorke was singing with nothing else than his acoustic guitar, it was deeply moving. When he sings, he's as intense in an empty studio as he could be in front of a 20,000 people crowd. Then again, in everyday life, he's a very funny and adorable guy.
Jonny
I like playing the stuff where I don't know what I'm gonna play. Like the end of Fake Plastic Trees or the end of Paranoid Android - stuff where I can do anything and no one notices or cares.
Thom
La nuit dernière j'ai été appelé par la maison de disques américaine qui insistait, enfin, qui insistait presque, pour que nous utilisions un mix de Bob Clearmountain de Fake Plastic Trees. J'ai dit : 'Pas question.' Tout le clavier fantômatique et les violons bizarres avaient été complètement dégagés de son mix, comme s'il avait travaillé à la lame de rasoir, ou à la hache. C'était horrible.
Ed
I think you're right, I think Fake Plastic Trees and Street Spirit... I prefer these songs far more than Creep. Creep was of its time but songs like that, [Fake Plastic Trees] everytime we play it and Thom starts strumming on that acoustic and its like voom! It hits you. It's a really powerful song.
Thom
This is the music to a film called Clueless, which makes perfect sense to me. It's a song about going shopping.
Voici la musique d'un film appelé Clueless, ce qui me semble normal. La chanson parle de shopping.