Album: It's Blitz! (2009)
Charted: 49


  • This song, along with the rest of the album, was produced by TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek and Nick Launay.
  • This was the lead single for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' It's Blitz! album, which featured a new synthesizer driven sound. Frontwoman Karen O told The Sun March 13, 2009: "This is a new era for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This record got our confidence back and was really a move towards enjoying being in a band again. We started off writing this record with guitars, but gradually the sound developed into what you hear now. We chose synths because they allow for more space. They have a quality which is different to Nick (Zinner's) grungy guitar sound. But, at the same time, Nick's synth work mimics what he does on the guitar. So in a way it was a natural progression."
  • This song features saxophonist Stuart Bogie and trumpeter Eric Biondo from the Brooklyn based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.
  • This was ranked by both Spin Magazine and the NME as the Best Song of 2009.
  • The music video was directed by Barney Clay and filmed in the San Francisco neighborhoods of Chinatown, North Beach and Tenderloin. It features Karen O walking down a road and dancing clad in a PVC outfit. Towards the end of the clip, the band play in a discount store, which in reality is the 'Cool Super Discount' located at 199 Eddy Street, San Francisco.

    Noted film and music-video director Clay was also behind the camera for Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan's "Saw Something" and Gnarles Barkley's "Who Cares" clips. He and Karen O have also been in a long time relationship and in December 2011 the singer announced that they had gotten married.

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  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnHot song, the entire album is pure ear candy.
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