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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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