Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell released

Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Released: April 29, 2003

Peak: 55 US, 13 UK, -- CN, 80 AU

Sales (in millions): 0.64 US, 0.21 UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: post-punk revival


Song Title [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Rich [3:36] (7/22/03, --)
  2. Date with the Night [2:35] (4/1/03, 16 UK)
  3. Man [1:49]
  4. Tick [1:49]
  5. Black Tongue [2:59]
  6. Pin [2:00] (7/1/03, 29 UK)
  7. Cold Light [2:16]
  8. No, No, No [5:14]
  9. Maps [3:39] (10/31/03, 87 US, 9 MR, 26 UK)
  10. Y Control [4:00] (6/1/04, 54 UK)
  11. Modern Romance [7:28]
All songs written by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Total Running Time: 37:25

The Players:

  • Karen O (vocals, piano)
  • Nick Zinner (guitar, keyboards)
  • Brian Chase (drums)


3.954 out of 5.00 (average of 19 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Indie-rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in New York City in 2000. They released a self-titled EP in 2001 followed by another EP, Machine, in 2002. Their debut album, Fever to Tell, came in 2003. They were instrumental in establishing the post-punk revival scene in New York along with the Strokes, Interpol, and TV on the Radio. Rolling Stone’s Dan Epstein called Fever to Tell an “NYC art-punk landmark.” WK

The band even shared a producer with TV on the Radio in David Andrew Sitek. Karen O and Nick Zinner met him while working at a Brooklyn clothing store. Karen O said they asked him to produce because “he was just a buddy, and we felt immediately like we were family with him.” WK

The New York Times’ Jon Pareles said the band “are closer to Siouxsie and the Banshees (but with a grin) and Led Zeppelin (but with estrogen) than to the blues.” WK Music historian Nick Kent compared Karen O’s singing style to PJ Harvey. The Guardian’s Alex Denney called it “ecstatic dance punk” WK while The Daily Telegraph’s Andrew Perry called it an “exhilarating dose of lo-fi garage-rock.” WK

Regarding some of the specific songs, journalist Alex Petridis said of Y Control that it “was based on a riff from art-rockers Big Black, then transformed into spacey new-wave pop.” WK “The slow closing track Modern Romance was compared to a Velvet Underground drone.” WK

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