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I Might Be Wrong

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"I Might Be Wrong"
Single by Radiohead
from the album Amnesiac
Released4 June 2001
GenreElectronic rock[1], alternative rock[2][3]
  • Parlophone
  • Capitol
Songwriter(s)Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, Philip Selway, Thom Yorke)
  • Nigel Godrich
  • Radiohead
Radiohead singles chronology
"Pyramid Song"
"I Might Be Wrong"
"Knives Out"
Music video
"I Might Be Wrong" (Sophie Muller version) on YouTube
Amnesiac track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box"
  2. "Pyramid Song"
  3. "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors"
  4. "You and Whose Army?"
  5. "I Might Be Wrong"
  6. "Knives Out"
  7. "Morning Bell/Amnesiac"
  8. "Dollars and Cents"
  9. "Hunting Bears"
  10. "Like Spinning Plates"
  11. "Life in a Glasshouse"

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"I Might Be Wrong" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as the second single from their fifth studio album Amnesiac (2001) on 4 June 2001.[4]

Musical structure[edit]

Although the album version is heavily produced by Nigel Godrich and Radiohead, with a more electronic texture, "I Might Be Wrong" is one of the more guitar-oriented songs on Amnesiac. The song uses a blues riff written by Jonny Greenwood, in drop D tuning.[citation needed] "I Might Be Wrong" combines a "venomous" guitar riff with a "trance-like metallic beat". Colin Greenwood's bassline was inspired by Chic bassist Bernard Edwards.[5] The guitar riff has a repetitive and looping quality, partly the result of the slides to reach some notes and the pull-offs. The song also contains multiple ondes Martenot tracks.[6] Eric Demby of CMJ described the song as a "'Personal Jesus'-ish slide guitar boogie".[7]

"I Might Be Wrong" is heavily focused on rhythm.[8] AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the song "swirling".[9] Rolling Stone writer Jon Pareles thought that the song is "like ZZ Top kidnapped by Autechre".[10] Graeme Thomson of The Guardian described Yorke's vocals in the song as high-pitched and heartbroken.[11]


In the United States, it was released as a radio-only single in advance of the album. "Pyramid Song" was the official first single in all other regions, and the "Pyramid Song" video was also released worldwide.


The song charted at number 27 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[12]

Music video[edit]

Even though "I Might Be Wrong" was not released as a single outside of the United States, two music videos were produced for it. One, directed by Chris Bran and released only on the Internet, was available during the Amnesiac era on Radiohead's official site, now offline.

The second, directed by Sophie Muller, shows Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a dimly lit parking garage playing the song. The video was made available several months after Amnesiac came out. It can also be found on Radiohead's 2004 DVD release The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time.

Live performances[edit]

The song was first played live as a set-closer in Villa Reale in Milan, Italy, on 19 June 2000, and has become a live favourite. A live version of the song appears on Radiohead's 2001 live album, which is called I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings.[13][14] It has also often been played in an acoustic version by Thom Yorke. The song was also used in the official commercial ad campaign for the 2002 Winter Olympics.[15]


Consequence of Sound ranked the song at number 40 (out of 162) on their ranking of every Radiohead song, calling it "nervy, focused, and probably a little dangerous."[16]


  • Thom Yorke – vocals, synthesizer
  • Jonny Greenwood – guitar, ondes Martenot
  • Ed O'Brien – guitar, effects, backing vocals, bass synthesizer
  • Colin Greenwood – bass
  • Philip Selway – drums, programming

External links[edit]


  1. Blau, Max (14 February 2011). "Radiohead's 20 Greatest Songs". Paste. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. Nicholas, Taylor (11 May 2001). "Recovering the Memory of Pop Radiohead's 'Amnesiac'". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  3. Lapatine, Scott (3 June 2011). "Amnesiac Turns 10! Hear Covers of Every Track ..." Stereogum. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Rose, Phil (2019). Radiohead: Music for a Global Future. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 116. ISBN 144227929X. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. "Radiohead Press Cuttings -> MOJO - June 2001 - Happy now?". web.archive.org. 6 February 2012.
  6. Osborn, Brad (2016). Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead. Oxford University Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Inc, CMJ Network (20 July 2001). "CMJ New Music Monthly". CMJ Network, Inc. – via Google Books.
  8. Letts, Marianne Tatom (8 November 2010). "Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album: How to Disappear Completely". Indiana University Press – via Google Books.
  9. "Amnesiac - Radiohead | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  10. Pareles, Jon; Pareles, Jon (29 May 2001). "Amnesiac".
  11. Staff, Guardian (1 June 2001). "CD of the week: Radiohead: Amnesiac" – via www.theguardian.com.
  12. "Artist Chart History - Radiohead". billboard.com. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  13. Randall, Mac (23 September 2011). "Exit Music: The Radiohead Story: The Radiohead Story". Omnibus Press – via Google Books.
  14. Forbes, Brandon W.; Reisch, George A. (20 September 2009). "Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive". Open Court Publishing – via Google Books.
  15. "Winter Olympics Commercial". greenplastic.com. 10 October 2001. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  16. "Ranking: Every Radiohead Song from Worst to Best". 28 June 2017.

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