Yesterday, Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted on their socials that it was the 20th anniversary of their debut as a band. The trio got together and blossomed in NYC’s early 2000s indie rock scene that was home to many other pioneering rockers like The Strokes and The Walkmen.
20 YEARS to be hated! On this day in the year 2000 we made our debut performance at the @MercuryLoungeNY on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, we celebrate the date as our official birthday so it’s our party we can cry if we want to! pic.twitter.com/cAcdigIant
— Yeah Yeah Yeahs (@YYYs) September 24, 2020
So the group decided to create a fun at-home live video of Karen O singing one of their most popular tracks “Maps.” The song comes from their debut album Fever to Tell, which was released in 2003. The album is bursting with empowering indie rock thrashers, with a few slowed down tracks, but “Maps” stands as the most romantic love song on the entire album.
The video includes Karen O dressed in a masterpiece by artist Christian Joy that Joy says was meant to appear as if O had walked away wearing the “entire contents of the kids birthday party table.” The video has fellow Yeah Yeah Yeahs members Nick Zinner (guitar) and Brian Chase (drums) hanging on framed screens playing along with O.
2020 has been a rough year for everyone, to say the least. “Maps” is the perfect song to allow yourself to feel loved in such a chaotic world. O commented in her post of the live at-home video, “Things are tough out there, look out for one another ❤️ love from us to you forever!”
To celebrate this pivotal band’s 20th birthday and to go along with the loving theme, we’ve gathered 10 of Yeah Yeah Yeahs best loves songs below for you to take a break from the world. Listen to these songs, surround yourself with music, and appreciate this moment.
“Our Time” (Acoustic version for AOL Sessions 2004)
“Wedding Song” (Live at Webster Hall 2013)