Rare footage emerges of Thom Yorke playing Radiohead’s ‘High And Dry’ with early band – watch

The clip sees pre-Radiohead band Headless Chickens performing the song in the late 1980s

A rare video has surfaced online showing Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke performing what would become the group’s 1995 single ‘High And Dry’ with one of his earliest bands.

A Reddit user has unearthed a clip of Yorke and his former band Headless Chickens playing the song at a live show during the late 1980s. The gig took place at Exeter University’s Lemon Grove.

As Pitchfork notes, Headless Chickens only released one song during their short life as a band, playing a handful of live shows.


Watch this rare footage of Headless Chickens performing ‘High And Dry’ below.

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway recently spoke about the band’s next album.

The band are thought to have been working on their follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King of Limbs’ gradually for some time, but now Selway has stated that work on the album will become a “full schedule” for the group’s members from September.

Selway recently featured in the first of a two-part podcast recorded for The Talkhouse, appearing alongside London musician Ghostpoet.

He said that progress on the record has been “in fits and starts”, but “come September it just becomes quite a full schedule”.


On what to expect from the LP, the drummer added: “For so long we kind of played exclusively with each other and that takes you so far, so I suppose from album to album you try to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.”

Selway continued: “We kind of change record to record, try and change the underlying approach to making music.” He also referred to the band’s “short attention span”.

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