High & Dry
Écrite à l'origine alors que Thom était
dans un autre groupe à Exeter (Headless).
Deux ans avant The Bends,
quand ils enregistraient Pablo Honey,
ils en ont fait une démo, pour voir. La chanson est née sur un
rythme piqué à Soul II Soul. Phil avait mis une nouvelle peau
sur la grosse caisse, et s'amusait avec : c'est comme ça que le
rythme est né. Thom a joué l'introduction acoustique, pour rire,
et tout le monde a pensé que ça ressemblait à Rod Stewart.
Ils ont enregistré et rajouté des morceaux, mais très bientôt
le titre fut mis de côté, parce que ça ne ressemblait pas
à un morceau typique de Radiohead (à l'époque).
Au moment d'enregistrer The
Bends, quelqu'un a retrouvé la cassette, et ils furent surpris
par la façon dont ça collait bien. Alors ils l'ont mis sur l'album,
sans même imaginer le réenregistrer. La version de l'album est
la version originale de démo, juste remixée. Cette chanson est
une des seules où tout n'a pas été enregistré ensemble
; les membres du groupe venaient séparément, enregistraient chacun
leur section avant que tout soit mis ensemble.
Thom a parfois dédié ce titre aux personnes âgées,
qui n'aiment pas la musique forte. Il a aussi déclaré que cette
chanson était à propos, ou était dédicacée
à Evel Kenevil (un cascadeur).
An accident just like Evil Kenevil.
One from the vaults, proof that demos generally
are the best versions of songs.
I really don't remember the day that this was recorded
with our sound engineer Jim. All I do know is that we hadn't arranged the song
before we went into the studio, but it ended up sounding great!
This used to sound like Soul II Soul. A first take
demo from ages ago.
Over two years old now..ah! so young, pure and innocent
then - now I'm just old, pure and innocent! Damn!
Comment nous avons écrit cette chanson
That song was pretty much mine. Originally, I wrote
and four-tracked it with a Soul II Soul rhythm underneath, taken off a 12-inch.
I honestly don't know now where the lyrics came from. It was something we didn't
know what to do with. We did a version in the studio one day, didn't like it,
left it. We didn't even listen back to it; we finished it and just said, "This
is fucking dreadful."
It was over two years ago, wasn't it? We recorded
it with our sound engineer.
They'd just put a new skin on the bass drum, and
that was the inspiration for the sound. I played the opening bit acoustic, which
we thought was hilarious. Colin and Phil laughed, 'cause they thought it wounded
like Rod Stewart.
I played solo, but that was the same guitar line
that Thom had come up with on his four-track.
High & Dry was one of the few tracks
we've done where we haven't actually been in the studio at the same time. We
weren't really into doing the song, so we all came in, did our seperate parts,
and buggered off, and our soundman put it all together.
Anyway, two years later, someone dug it up and said,
"Hey, how 'bout this? It's pretty good." We were quite surprised. It was one
of those things where you record something and can't even remember doing it.
We had to relearn it all.
We never did another recording of it. The version
on the album is the original demo version, just remixed by Sean and Paul. It's
interesting, because at the time we recorded it, it didn't fit in with what
we were doing, so we forgot it. But two years on, when we were putting the next
album together, it made sense.
We're still working on it live. The nicest arrangement
we've had is the one we just did on Jay Leno, where it just ends on "it's the
best thing that you've ever had." I always hated playing that last chorus over
again. Actually, it would still be better with that Soul II Soul ryhthm.
That's why we buried the song.
Yeah, cause we couldn't do a convincing Soul II
Soul rhythm. Well, we didn't really want to, so we did a dodgy Rod Stewart version
and then ditched it.
So we're proud of it.
Yeah, it's all right.
What is the meaning behind High and Dry?
God it was so long ago, we were drunk, it was late,
I can't remember.
Radiohead; Jim Warren
Sean Slade; Paul Q Kolderie