Chosen by the group as the first single from the album.
The music video was released on 18th February 2011, and features black-and-white footage of lead singer Thom Yorke dancing. It was directed by Garth Jennings and choreographed by Wayne McGregor. The video was originally uploaded on the band's official YouTube channel on 16th February 2011.
The song was first played live during a tour with Thom Yorke's other band 'Atoms for Peace' on 2nd October 2009 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles as a solo guitar and vocal piece.
Radiohead first performed the track during a January 2010 Haiti benefit concert in Los Angeles.
The Lotus Flower (also known as Sacred Lotus) is an aquatic perennial, which is the national flower of both India and Vietnam. From ancient times it has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions representing the virtue of sexual purity and in the classical literature of many Asian cultures the lotus was often used in verse as an allegory for ideal feminine attributes. The flowers, seeds, roots and young leaves are all edible and under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years. A 1300-yr-old lotus fruit, recovered from a dry lakebed in north-eastern China, is the oldest germinated and directly carbon-dated fruit known.
Radiohead 'Feral-Lotus Flower' (XL records):
US single of Radiohead with two tracks; Feral and Lotus Flower.
Format: 12in, Item No: 19466