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The song had it's live premiere when Thom and Jonny played it for a US radio station in Atlanta on july 21st 1995:

This song was originally recorded in one day for inclusion on the Bosnian Warchild benefit LP Help. Despite many other major British artists contributing to the album, this song was immediately recognised by the critics as the most outstanding track. For this reason, it was chosen to head the Help EP that was released. However, due to Radio One denying the EP any airplay on the grounds that it was "listener unfriendly", it never reached any higher than 53 in the charts.

After much debate, the band chose to include the track on OK Computer, as they thought that it was one of the best songs they had ever written, and "it fits exactly where it is on the album". The band did try to remix the track for the third album but found they couldn't improve on it, therefore the versions on Help and OK Computer are identical.
Part of the performance of 'Lucky' from may 22nd 1997 in Barcelona can be seen in Meeting People Is Easy:

Thom's Tour Diary, August 3rd 1995, Oslo:

"I'm really proud of the way we play tonight. There's a new song called 'Lucky' and I think it's the best we've ever played it. The room has this immense sound and the words just bounce around it. I get the shivers virtually all the way through the song and just grin like an idiot."
Q: "The Help charity bash. You contributed 'Lucky'. Do you think that it will help Bosnian kids? What would you say to those who dismissed it as a backpatting exercise?"

Thom: "Yeah, I'd agree with them. We did it because we were asked to do it and because Ed studied the Balkans. We just felt it was a good idea to just make the gesture. We realised that there would be a lot of back-patting but we knew it wasn't going to end up like Live Aid. To be honest, we were really itching to record the song anyway and we just didn't see why we shouldn't put it on this record. I'm not a big one for bands getting involved in charity but at the same time it was so close to home it just made sense to do it really. The other bands in it almost put us off, though."
He and the rest of Radiohead have already decided, however, not to make another album like The Bends. They don't want to push themselves through so much torment again, and besides, they've reached a level where they don't have to. Instead, they will try to record at a much more leisurely, relaxed pace: Yorke has told their label, Parlophone, that they want a year to make their next album. Apparently, the paymasters have agreed.

"You know, the big thing for me is that we could really fall back on just doing another moribund, miserable, morbid and negative record, like lyrically," he explains, "but I really don't want to, at all. And I am deliberately just writing down all the positive things that I hear or see. But I'm not able to put them into music yet. I don't want to force it because then all I'm doing is just addressing all the issues where people are saying that we're mope rock. As far as I'm concerned The Bends is like that because that was really, really where we were at when we did it. And you could say the same about REM's Automatic For The People. It's a really miserable record, you know."

Instead, Radiohead will record songs like 'Lucky', the stand-out track on War Child's Help compilation album. That was Johnny greenwood's idea, to donate a song Radiohead were playing every night on tour which the fans loved even though they didn't know what it was. When Greenwood suggested it however, Yorke wasn't so sure.

"There wasn't that sense of screaming and fighting and being on the phone to people for ages and spitting and swearing anymore, I don't think. There was a sense of release to me, that was the thing, that was the thing I wanted. To me, 'Lucky' was sort of like that. 'Lucky' is a song of complete release. It just happened, writing and recording it, there was no time, no conscious effort."
The edge of what? While composing a unique self-interview in 1996, Thom provides an answer: "This is a quotemain, and I think this is you. 'The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it. The power of their imaginations keeps them suspended in mid-air, but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall.'"
Ed: "I remember fiddling around in the soundcheck - [we] were in Japan - and putting together a different pedal order and actually hitting the strings above the nut on the headstock. The pedals that I did it with, and the delay that was going on. It was one of those moments -'Yeah, this is pretty cool.'"
Jonny: "We agonised over whether to leave it off, but we thought it was one of the best songs we've done. It just fits."

'LUCKY'
Highlight of the Bosnia-aiding "Help" album, included here largely out of embarrassment at the way it fared when released as a single.
Ed: "Yeah, number 53 with a bullet or something. That was pretty bad considering it was for charity and it was the best song we'd ever done. It did seem to make a difference to how people perceived us though - the broadsheets started to get interested in us and stuff. And it was a brilliant thing to be involved in. We're very proud of it, especially as we took the hard option and recorded a new song. Although, admittedly, that's only because we're so bad at covers. Always have been - even when we were a school band we couldn't do them."
Key Lyric: "I'm on a roll..."
Thom: "It's our song, we want it on our album and it fits exactly where it is."
On the release of War Child's Help album the previous September, Radiohead's magnificently moody contribution, Lucky (oddly included on OK Computer), proved to be the stand-out -although the band had been forced to complete the track in an intensive five-hour period to meet the required deadline, after a day spent posing for a War Child camera crew dispatched to film them pretending to record.
'They were waiting for us to record the song, and we were waiting for them to go,' smiles the unnaturally lofty Ed O'Brien, credited on the group's sleeves for supplying 'polite guitar', as opposed to Jonny Greenwood's 'abusive guitar'. Of the video footage depicting casualties of the Bosnian conflict that was subsequently set to the track, Yorke-never one to understate his emotional reactions-simply says, 'It had me in tears'.
Q: "What actually starts you off writing a song?"

Thom: "The melody. Or a sound. For 'Lucky' it was the sound Ed makes on his guitar at the beginning. This (sings it, squeaky mouselike little voice), ninganinganinga. Like nothing we'd ever heard before. What it boils down to is, whenever you go looking for something you never find it. So it's better to respond to things when they happen."
Live performance #366 during the making of The King of Limbs:
366. january 24th 2010 The Music Box Theatre at The Fonda Los Angeles, CA USA Link