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Nigel Godrich on recording Nude: The Timeline

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.

11 Comments

  • Come on Big Boots!!

  • I don’t care how crap they thought the old recorded versions were.

    I want them all.

  • Would have thought Big Boots/Man o’ War sounds too Bends era to ever resurface. Great song though

  • yeah! Big boots would be awesome…

  • You know, sometimes I wish that there was a studio version of Nude with the Hammond organ. I still think back to that live rendition of it on Meeting People is Easy. But I do love the In Rainbows version.

    It’s great to see that Nigel really wants some of those missing-in-action tracks to get recorded. If I can hear a studio version of Big Boots and Follow Me Around, I can die a happy man.

  • I can’t believe they attempted it for HTTT. It would have been crap on that record. Colin’s bassline saved the day. Btw, if they have all these other versions of tunes and unreleased stuff why don’t they just…RELEASE THEM!! They could do it on DAS.

  • Yeah, Nude would have been totally our of place on both Kid A and HTTT. I’m certainly glad they saved it for IR. Having said that, I’d really love to hear all those “unsuccessful” versions…I have a feeling tons of people would find some of those versions better that the IR take.

  • I wish they’d come out with stuff like this more often. It doesn’t have to be an essay, but it’s nice to hear stories behind songs.

    Although I can see how not playing with the rest of the band could be a problem :D

  • I would love all the versions that were recorded – still I guess we wont get them. I guess we all have our fav versions, and I guess most people’s are not the album version. Still we have to respect the band’s desision on the chosen version, and maybe in time certainly my if not everyone’s opinion will change. At least we have a decend recorded version.

    Still this is great to have a bit of background as to why this song took so long to record. I personally would like to have the offical history of all the songs including meanings, but I guess thats asking too much :-)

    Cheerish the small minute facts as they appear, it makes it more fun trying to find them all!

  • Love that song, and i love comparing the old live version to the new studio version. Godrich is a God

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