Nude (4:14)

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“Nude” is a song by English rock band Radiohead and is the third track on their 2007 album In Rainbows. The song was released as the second single from In Rainbows on 31 March 2008. The song was written no later than 1997, when the band began to perform it live. However, a recording of “Nude” was not included on any Radiohead album until 10 years later.

The song has undergone numerous revisions since its origins in 1997. It was originally known as “Big Ideas”, with the parenthetical “(Don’t Get Any)” often added. Apparently this title was at the suggestion of fans, as the song officially had no title yet, but appeared on some setlists as “Nude” or “Neut”. In the 1998 documentary Meeting People is Easy, singer Thom Yorke joked to journalist Matt Pinfield that the full title was actually supposed to be “Your Home Is At Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Repayments”. A typical version of the song from this period is heard near the close of that film, in a live performance from Tokyo, with both Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood on keyboards and organ. The song was often performed during the final 1998 leg of the band’s tour to promote OK Computer (1997), on which the track did not appear.

After 1998, the band initially planned the track for their next album Kid A (2000), but scrapped efforts to record it; the song did not appear on the band’s next two albums, either.


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Don't get any big ideas, they're not gonna happen
You paint yourself white and fill up with noise
There'll be something missing

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  • Shima_chan

    perfect song

    25 Aug 11:09pm Reply
  • Probehead

    I swear the little wordless vocal thing in the intro reminds me of a particular Björk track where she did something similar, but I can't remember which track. I feel like it's probably something off "Homogenic" or "Vespertine".

    4 May 11:47pm Reply
  • monocouillard

    ugh. this band is fucking incredible

    24 Apr 2:16pm Reply
  • guimm22

    I've loved it. Since first time I listened to

    15 Apr 11:41am Reply
  • petross85

    Guitar rake is gorgeous

    10 Apr 7:32pm Reply
  • Mi_Lemos

    now that you've found it, it's gone

    25 Mar 1:35am Reply
  • EDO278

    For me, Nude is their best song. It's really mind-blowing <3

    23 Mar 3:09am Reply
  • MyOwnJudgement

    'oh shit! that's the little mermaid singing towards the end' haha, i thought i was the only person who noticed this (3) Hahahahahahaha I totally love it though! ^^

    21 Mar 8:42pm Reply
  • LUCE08

    this is how I feel

    15 Mar 5:10pm Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    God bless Radiohead.

    13 Mar 9:48pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Slowly becoming one of my favourites. The harmony of the instruments and Thom's voice create such a wonderful, mesmerizing song. Delicate and intense at the same time. [2] Exactly this.

    9 Mar 4:47am Reply
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    31 Jan 9:58pm Reply
  • hardeeharhar

    je nai sai quoi

    23 Jan 12:25pm Reply
  • JenniferSpears

    incrível <3

    22 Jan 4:20pm Reply
  • redmusician

    so beautiful

    9 Jan 10:07pm Reply
  • clarahermosa


    9 Jan 6:07pm Reply
  • minoesj

    Slowly becoming one of my favourites. The harmony of the instruments and Thom's voice create such a wonderful, mesmerizing song. Delicate and intense at the same time.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vturi

    You've gone off the rails

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    That intro still sends chills up my spine. [2]

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Stokka

    Now that you feel it, you don't

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
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