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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a Grammy Award nominated New York City-based rock band. The band members include lead singer Karen O, drummer Brian Chase, and guitarist Nick Zinner. Their music is a mix of retro styles with heavy rock/punk guitars, synthetic sounds with rhythmic, melodic and bluesy vocals. They formed in 2000 as a trio, and were joined by second guitarist Imaad Wasif in 2006 for touring purposes.


Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut release was a self-titled EP, released in 2001. They followed it with another EP, Machine, in 2002.

In 2003, the band released their first complete album, Fever to Tell, which received several strong critical reviews and sold more than 750,000 copies worldwide. The album's third single, "Maps", received significant airplay on alternative radio. The video for their 2004 single "Y Control" was directed by acclaimed director Spike Jonze, who was involved with the band's lead singer Karen O for a period. In October 2004, the band released their first DVD, Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow. The DVD included a concert filmed at The Fillmore in San Francisco, all of the band's music videos to date, and various interviews.

Their second album, Show Your Bones, was released on March 27/28, 2006. The album's producer, Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegel – who had previously collaborated with Karen O on the song "Hello Tomorrow" for an Adidas commercial directed by Sam's brother (and Karen's then-boyfriend), Jonze – told MTV News that it was a concept album about Karen's cat, and would be titled Coco Beware. However, MTV was forced to retract the story, noting that Spiegel had failed to mention that he was joking. Karen O told online zine Drowned in Sound, "Show Your Bones is what happens when you put your finger in a light socket," crediting "9 year old antigenius wonder-kid Drake Barrett for the insight." The first single from the album, "Gold Lion", was released on March 20th, 2006, reaching 18 in the Official UK Singles Chart. It has been noted by several listeners that "Gold Lion" sounds startingly similar to "No New Tale To Tell" from 1980s alternative favorites Love and Rockets. The band toured throughout Europe and the United States during much of 2006.


Studio albums



  • Let Me Know/Gold Lion Remixes (EP) (2006)


YearSongUS Hot 100US Modern RockPop 100UK singlesAlbum
2001"Bang!"    Yeah Yeah Yeahs (EP)
2001"Art Star"    Yeah Yeah Yeahs (EP)
2002"Machine"   37Machine (EP)
2003"Date with the Night"   16Fever to Tell
2003"Pin"   29Fever to Tell
2004"Maps"879 26Fever to Tell
2004"Y Control"   54Fever to Tell
2006"Gold Lion"88146818Show Your Bones
2006"Turn Into"---53Show Your Bones
2006"Cheated Hearts"----Show Your Bones


  • 2004 - Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow


  • "Rich" (file info) — play in browser (beta)
    • from Fever to Tell
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  • Karen is noted for her unique look thanks to friend and costume designer Christian Joy.
  • During an interview that aired during the ABC network's Live from Central Park Summerstage series, the name Yeah Yeah Yeahs is a reference to the way New Yorkers speak and their general attitude, often interrupting or agreeing with each other by saying "yeah, yeah, yeah."
  • "Maps" (from Fever to Tell) is about Liars frontman Angus Andrew.
  • Karen O makes a brief appearance in an episode of the UK series Faking It.
  • A rumor has been perpetuated that Karen O will be featured on the upcoming Good Charlotte track She Takes Your Money, along with rapper Fabolous. However, according to a posting on the NEWS section of the band's official website, titled "Truth talk - Good Charlotte wha?" this is false:

    Hi Y’all there’s a rumor going around that I’m on the new Good Charlotte record. Just want to clarify that this rumor is FALSE. The puck stops here. That’s a bit of truth talk. Love, KO.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs were titled the Artist of the Month on Yahoo.Launch.Com for October 2004.
  • Nick Zinner graduated from Bard College. Karen O and Brian Chase both graduated from Oberlin College.
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs made their television debut on the late show with David Letterman.
  • Karen O was asked to appear in Playboy, but declined.