"How to Disappear Completely" is the fourth track on the 2000 album Kid A by the English band Radiohead.
The song was written during the OK Computer tour and was played twice in 1998, originally titled "How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found", after a book on changing identities.
The early version of the song was starker than both the final studio and live versions. In the studio, Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood developed the song in a different direction from the band's earlier work - arranging a string section (played by the Orchestra of St. John's), and himself playing the Ondes martenot, an early electronic instrument popularized by the works of Olivier Messiaen. The recording was pieced together over months during the experimental and sometimes contentious recording sessions for Kid A, in which co-producer (with the band) Nigel Godrich also played an important role. According to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, "When Jonny did the strings on 'How to Disappear Completely,' that was absolutely his thing. Nigel [Godrich] helped him, and that was it. The rest of us were not involved in that at all".
At the same time, "How to Disappear" was seen as one of the most...