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The song appeared on the summer 1990 demo compilation tape:
With Phil living in Ireland temporarily this was one of the tracks that were recorded on a Portastudio 4-track over drum loops from Public Enemy and Soul To Soul. Since the band did not own a sampler, the loops were generated by Thom repeatedly recording from his walkman onto a track of the Portastudio. For 'Rattlesnake' he adjusted the EQ on his walkman as the loops were recorded, which gives the drum track its "texture".
Jonny later mentioned 'Rattlesnake' in a 1997 interview for Q magazine:
The four others remember tapes of Thom Yorke's early compositions as being 'schizophrenic'.

'One track, Rattlesnake, just had a drum loop that Thom did himself at home on a tape recorder with bad scratching over the top and kind of Prince vocals,' Jonny Greenwood remembers. 'The Chains had viola and was meant to sound like the Waterboys. What Is That You See was a feedback frenzy. After hearing it, I knew Thom was writing great songs and I knew what I wanted to do.'