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Several images from the 'scrapbook' section of radiohead.com are related to the song:


















'Down Is the New Up' was one of the titles that appeared on the blackboard the band used during two weeks of rehearsals from september 19th to 30th 2005. At the end of that session, Colin posted a picture of this board on Dead Air Space on september 30th, unfortunately (and probably intentionally) in rather low resolution, so that some of it can't be deciphered:
In November 2005, Thom performed the song for the first episode of Nigel Godrich's From The Basement programme.

At this point, the song includes the line "what is up buttercup", this would be changed later. Thom also doesn't sing the "won't you be my girl" section, that perhaps didn't exist at this point, and on the final "down is the new up" he repeats the phrase twice before the final "is the new up", which was also changed for the full band performances in june. Another difference: the song ends with the "crawled off and left us/you bastards" section:

get yourself together
let the light pour in
pour yourself a hot bath
pour yourself a drink
nothing's gonna happen without warning

down is the new up
what is up buttercup

down is the new up
is the new up

your services
are not required
your future's bleak
your so last week

ladies and gentlemen
without a safety net
I shall now perform a 180 flip-flop
I shall now amputate
I shall now contort

because down is the new up
what if I just flip-flop

down is the new up
down is the new up
down is the new up
is the new up

you crawled off and left us
crawled off and left us
you bastards
you bastards

you're on candid camera
the chink in your armour
topsy turvy town
topsy turvy town

shake your pockets out
pass it on
pass it down
topsy turvy town
topsy turvy town

you crawled off and left us
crawled off and left us
you bastards
you bastards

crawled off and left us
crawled off and left us
On March 8th 2006, shortly after sessions with Mark Stent had come to an unfruitful end, another photo of a blackboard (and a perhaps slightly worried Ed) was posted on Dead Air Space. A tour had been scheduled for may and june to escape the frustration of the recent sessions and to breathe new life into the project. Rehearsals for the upcoming dates had begun recently, and this board shows which new songs were at this point considered for inclusion in the setlists. 'Down Is the New Up' was one of these, and would indeed be played (click image for full size):
On June 15th 2007, Nigel posted a video on Dead Air Space, that showed the playback of a reel of assembled tape snippets, which were cut out during the editing process.

The reel contains 3 fragments from the finished recording of 'Down Is The New Up'. Below you find these fragments, two of which actually flow seemlessly into each other and can be combined if one switches the order around (first audio clip here):



Click here for a more detailed description of this reel, including all 20 snippets in isolation.
Thom's November 2005 From the Basement solo piano performance of 'Down Is the New Up' was released as a b-side on the Jigsaw Falling Into Place single on January 14th 2008.
The studio version of 'Down Is the New Up' was released as a b-side on the Nude single on March 31st 2008.
'Down Is the New Up' was not performed during the touring for The King of Limbs.