Radiohead: Fake Plastic Trees (1995) HD online
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Actor Norman Reedus, who was then a model, makes a brief appearance in the music video as the young man playing with a trolley.
The song charted on the UK Singles Chart, the New Zealand Singles Chart, the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the Canadian Rock/Alternative chart, but it did not make a substantial commercial impact elsewhere.
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke said "Fake Plastic Trees" was "the product of a joke that wasn't really a joke, a very lonely, drunken evening and, well, a breakdown of sorts".
Guitarist Ed O'Brien described early attempts to record "Fake Plastic Trees" at London's RAK Studios as sounding "like Guns N' Roses' 'November Rain'.
Yorke performed three takes of the song and then cried afterwards, according to guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
Writing for NME in May 1995, John Mulvey surmised that the song lacked substance, and drew comparisons with the stadium rock of U2.
The song placed at number 376 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The track placed at number 28 on Triple J Radio's Hottest 100 of All Time countdown.
Alanis Morissette covered it in several shows of her Can't Not tour (1995-1996).
The song is featured in the film Something Borrowed (2011).
The song is featured in the film Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl (2011).
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM) peak position 7, 1995.
An acoustic version of the song performed by Radiohead is featured in - and on the soundtrack of - the film Clueless (1995).
Marillion covered it for their live album Unplugged at the Walls (1999).
Scotland (Official Charts Company) reached Number 15, 1995.
Show of Hands covered it for their album Covers (2000).
Tanghetto covered it in a tango style for their album Más Allá del Sur (2009).
Lori McKenna covered it for her album The Kitchen Tapes (2003).
The song is featured in a 2013 episode of My Mad Fat Diary, Season 1, Episode 2, "Touched".
A player piano version is featured in a 2016 episode of Westworld, Season 1, Episode 6, "The Adversary".