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This page, titled 'w.a.s.t.e. products', appeared on during the recording of OK Computer:

In its various forms,
is the most common plastic in the world. You touch it every day of your life.
  • highly inflammable/explosive raw materials
  • workers report a wide range of illnesses from headaches, skin irritation and nausea, to colo-rectal cancer and 'meat-wrapper's asthma'.
  • contains a range of additives - UV and heat stabilisers, antioxidants, antiblocking agents, colorants, blowing agents and fillers. flame retardants are also used as these plastics are highly flammable.
  • can contain both brominate and chlorinated flame retardants, which are capable of giving off dioxins. Heavy metals, such as lead powders, are used as fillers in polyethylene an polypropylene. Leaching of these additives in landfill sites is a problem. But when these plastics are thermally degraded (ie., burnt) various volatile compounds are generated.
  • Two of these compounds, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, are listed as carcinogenic. In all, 44 different compounds from polyethylene have been identified. The most common plastic in the world.
  • As these plastics are, by nature, highly flammable, during combustion carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and polycyclic aromatic hyrocarbons are given off. If flame retardants are present, highly corrosive acids are formed.

This page, titled 'Vita Facile', appeared on during the recording of OK Computer:

. i cant get the rHythm. were in a beautiful house in the country but i can't get the rhythm. everyone says itll be okay. just don't get freaked out. but i can't get the rhythm. sit on the steps with too much caffeine and a locked jaw i can't get the fu ing rhythm. yesterday was okay, tommorrow will be okay. im okay how are you iam fine thanks how are you im okay how are you? I hoPE YOUR OKAY too.
[mother natures fighting back fighting back polyethylene.]
empty spaces terrifying. silence terrifies me. its going okay thanks. for asking. why write what you wanna read? just like the rest of the net. silence is better. cease thinking, it is noise and it troubles. so quit. if you see a british pop star behavi badly he is friends with charlie. charlies an arsehole. a lot of people talk and write shit. they know charlie. they work for the papers. charlie says always tell your mummy where you're going. charlie says looks both ways behind in front all around (w 's that? who you calling a... huh? what was that?) watch your back before crossing the road.
Thom: "We live under a world banking system and media that make it almost irrelevant who is in power. Political systems worldwide are at the mercy of business and bullshit economies. I can't recycle any of the polythene packaging that fills my house. Why?"
This OK Computer era page, titled 'TRACHEA', also appeared on

polyethylene does not ever disappear it is highly flammable
  • shrink wrapped
  • yoghurt cartons
  • cracking in the pipes
  • there is no significant risk to the public
  • pets in microwaves
  • "washed up on the beach"
  • estrogen dioxins
  • ready in 3 minutes boil in a bag
  • unleaded aluminium alzheimers
  • poythene bags
  • leukemia clusters
  • nutrasweet
  • insecticides
  • colourants
  • cling film
  • there is no significant risk to your health
  • there is no significant risk to your health
  • there is no significance see for yourself
  • close all your doors and windows till the cloud has passed
  • benzedrine
  • ritalin
  • polypropylene
  • the blood will wash off easily
  • chlorine
  • microwaves
  • aluminium
  • decaffeinated
  • minor skin irritations
  • styrofoam
  • unleaded
  • antibiotic pigs
  • stuck in a frozen lake of polyethylene
  • salmonella
  • the water here's poison
  • plastic is a disease
  • if everyone took it all back to the supermarkets it came from
  • they would get the message
  • get the message?

Recorded at Radiohead's Bath studios along with the rest of OK Computer, this song very nearly made it on to the album. It is split up into a quiet acoustic Part One with Thom, and a full electric band performance in Part Two which is performed regularly live. There is much debate about the actual words in Part One, and when questioned, Thom just laughed and said he couldn't actually remember.
This page, titled 'stuck in a frozen lake', appeared on during the recording of OK Computer and features a text by Thom with notes about songs that were around then.
The relevant section was not highlighted in red letters in the original page:
an airbag saved my life* in an interstella burst i am back to save the universe computer drums bass wrong lift* is hard work you been stuck in a lift we been trying to reach you thom the belly of the whale (thanks Rei xxxx) paranoid android* get busy with the shakers while im fast asleep could you stop the noise im trying ta get some rest this the place it wont hurt ever again karma police* girl with hitler hairdo everybodys friend life in a glasshouse phew for a minute there i lost myself i lost myself sit down your safe now polyethelene*will never break down swirly self announcements. stuck in a frozen lake. the penultimate place in dante's hell. last flowers till the hospital*is a sign discovered in oxford -my unhealthy obsession with these institutions. analysts may get the connection. ambulances scream past my house at all hours of the day and night like the confessionals of Larkin's "Ambulan s." let down*in the midst of monster tour the momentum getting drunk to talk bombarded by dangerously high levels of radiation from xray machines. one day, one day... climbing up the walls*both managers and record company are nervous about such a nasty sound coming out of the speakers. this is a good sign. dogwander* bring on another take better than another cake. nude* it is a mans world. and this one is very confused and will have sex with anything woman who comes within a mile radius. but feels bad about it. so doesnt. exit song (for a film)* cannot be listened to more than once in a row. which made recording it easy. or not. but what film? big boots* it was a long time ago and i cant remember. a whole orchestra watching the film and playing along. real life is dull. i am i the white lotus flying off the quay with barbara bach.
(information incomplete)
....>>>>i like the idea of you listening to our recordings with your head resting gently in emptiness. or before going out. or when you've come back. i dont like the scientists breaking down its molecular structure and teaching it in O level chemistry i ont want to have expain it but it worries me stupid. there is a lot of crying goes into making things.<<<<.... the masters tell us that there is an aspect of our minds that is its fundamental basis, a state called "the ground of the ordinary mind." It functions like a storehouse, in which the imprints of past actions caused by our negative emotions are all store like seeds. when the right conditions arise, they germinate and manifest as circumstances and situations in our lives. if we have a habit of thinking in a particular pattern, positive or negative, then these tendencies will be triggered and provoked very easily and recurr and go on recurring. With constant repetition our inclinations and habits become steadily more entr ched and continue, increasing and gathering power even when we sleep. This is how they come to determine our life, our death our rebirth.
The Japanese Paranoid Android EP has the following lyrics. However, they don't match what's heard neither in part 1 nor part 2, and were likely transcribed incorrectly by Thom from the actual recording, as he admittedly couldn't remember the lyrics himself:

tears of joy and carouseLs and all that you wannube jjut goy payd
and now im going out on saturday, if i get scared ill just call you.
leathecallestirunsellur%£&sowtont%&£hlowestrailonthe lowestreel+.

++so sell your suit and tie and come and live with me.

+++decaffinateunleaded polyethelyne.

++there is no significant risk to your health.
there is no significance
sEE for yourself.
plastic bag middle class
Keep All Surfaces Clean.
there is no sIgnificant risk to your health.
there is no significance
sEE for yourself.

  OK Computer may 1997 june 1997 july 1997 august 1997
Paranoid Android [36] 15 16 17 22 24 02 07 09 13 14 19 21 24 26 28 01 02 04 05 06 26 27 31 02 03 05 07 08 10 12 13 15 16 18 19 20 22 23 24 26
Polyethylene [5] 15 16 17 19 20 22 23 24 26
  1997 OK Computer tour (2nd half) september 1997 october 1997 november/december 1997
Paranoid Android [35] 02 03 04 05 07 08 09 11 12 13 14 12 13 14 16 17 18 20 21 22 24 25 26 28 29 30 02 03 05 06 07 09 10 11 15 16 17 19 20 19
Polyethylene [3] 02 05 07 16 25 26 07 15
Pearly* [1] 16 25 26 07 09 15
A Reminder [2] 02 03 16 25 26 07 15
  1998 OK Computer tour january 1998 february 1998 03/98 april 1998 06+12/98
Paranoid Android [35] 13 14 15 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 28 29 01 02 04 06 08 10 28 29 01 02 04 05 06 08 10 12 13 15 17 18 13 14 10
Polyethylene [5] 24 10 08 15 18
Pearly* [22] 14 15 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 28 01 02 08 28 01 04 05 10 12 13 15 17
A Reminder [2] 13 14