In the latest issue of The Word, you’ll find a nice article on recording Radiohead’s ‘Nude’. As well all know, ‘Nude’ was already out there for over 10 years once it finally was released on ‘In Rainbows’ last year.
Nigel Godrich tells all about the several stages of recording the track in The Word’s ‘Music Producers Issue’. Apparently ‘Nude’ included in the trial sessions after The Bends was recorded, but the band wasn’t satisfied. Nigel: “They liked it, it was deemed a great success. But then for some reason everyone went off it. We tried to record it a couple more times for OK Computer, probably about three times for Kid A and another three times for Hail To The Thief. But somehow it had gone.”
“We had a little holiday from each other. The band tried to record on their own, which – surprise, surprise – didn’t work. Then they tried working with someone else, which also didn’t work. During that time I went to see Colin, the bass player, and he played me a rough live version of Nude that they’d done in rehearsals. He’d written his new bassline, which transformed it from something very straight into something that had much more of a rhythmic flow. The chorus had been taken out – very Radiohead! – and there was this new vocal break and this new end section. It sounded like they were somehow terrified playing it, but it sounded OK. We recorded it three times and the final one – which we did in their house and then overdubbed in Covent Garden – is what you hear today.”
Read it in full over at The Word.