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Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: TenseAndSober on May 11, 2003, 04:00:23 PM
This is an awesome-fucking-band.  If you haven't scored Fever to Tell, or the YYY EP, then I suggest you get with the program and buy them as soon as possible.



"there is no, and this is no, Mo-dern Ro-mance"
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: godardian on May 11, 2003, 11:09:36 PM
I second that. My favorites from the album: "Rich," "Man," "Black Tongue," and "Maps."
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Sigur Rós on May 12, 2003, 10:53:38 AM
Yeah Yeah, they are really great! I saw them live at Roskilde Festival last year. I've been listening to them alot lately.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Pubrick on May 12, 2003, 11:05:16 AM
i like the chick.

they're good.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: godardian on May 12, 2003, 11:25:32 AM
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i like the chick.

Me too. I'd do her anyday.


She is so blatantly, nastily sexually demanding, which is refreshing. To quote a great line from Strangers with Candy (best TV show EVER!): "She'd yank it off."

Her persona is less inviting than challenging, like, "Ya think you can handle me, punk?" Beware the raging, unforgiving erotic scrutiny of Karen O.- it's made lesser mortals shrivel up and die.

"As a fuck, son, you suck!" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Bang"
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Sigur Rós on May 12, 2003, 11:58:23 AM
Quote from: mogwai
Quote from: _|P|_
i like the chick.

Me too. I'd do her anyday.


I did her  :wink:
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: godardian on May 12, 2003, 01:02:28 PM
So anyways, Beavis and Butthead, how 'bout getting back to the music?

When I mentioned the band in another context on this board, I said they sounded like "White Stripes meet early Siouxsie Sioux, with a dash of Lydia Lunch thrown in."

Anyone else agree, or would you describe differently? Obviously, they have their own energy, but I would say the late '70s/early '80s were a huge influence, stuff like The Birthday Party, The Fall, Siouxsie, etc, maybe the poppier early Sonic Youth stuff.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: modage on May 12, 2003, 01:15:52 PM
yeah i really enjoy them.  the rocking songs are of course really cool, but i think its the album and ep's slower moments that really make me  hooked.  it gives them more of a range than just "we rock".  maps, y-control, modern romance, miles miles away, our time.  i really like the end of both records.  did anyone else see them on conan last week?  karen o kept laughing during the song.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: godardian on May 12, 2003, 01:27:01 PM
Crap, I missed it. That's one thing about Karen O. and the band, though; they have a sense of humor and pure rock 'n roll savagery. They're really a fun band you can take seriously if you want.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: rustinglass on September 14, 2003, 04:43:05 AM
i think they're cool
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: meatwad on September 15, 2003, 08:46:21 AM
"bang" is such a damn good song.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: cowboykurtis on March 17, 2004, 03:40:19 PM
saw them this weekend -- karren o is very attractive -- good show -- and karren o is very sexy
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Ghostboy on April 11, 2004, 10:58:31 AM
I'd never heard anything by this group until Maps started getting radio play, and its amazingness prompted me to ignore the fact that I have no steady income and buy the CD (even though I knew that one trip to Best Buy to pick up this album would result in my purchasing a smattering of albums, as I always do -- although I restrained myself well enough and only bought one additional item).

Anyway, it's been great these first two times I've listened to it -- really rough beautiful  stuff, punk rock enough, melodic enough, smart enough. I've only a vague idea of what Karen looks like, but her voice has this  texture of brazen fragility that is tantalizing.

They leave Pretty Girls Make Graves in the dust.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: cron on April 11, 2004, 11:00:47 AM
I think their next album will be better.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: GoneSavage on April 11, 2004, 11:25:13 AM
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They leave Pretty Girls Make Graves in the dust.

I don't detect any sarcasm here.  Have you noticed the fact that PGMG are very proficient in playing instruments where as the guy from YYY can't form even one chord?  Karen makes up for hitting bum notes live by throwing beer over everybody.  Good for her.

And I also love the fact that bands with girl lead singers only get compared to other bands with girl lead singers.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: modage on April 11, 2004, 11:25:48 AM
ghostboy, if you like that try buying/downloading their first EP.  also great, and none of the same songs.  miles away and our time are probably better than anything on the album.  and bang is pretty funky.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Pubrick on April 11, 2004, 11:28:06 AM
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and bang art star is pretty funky.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Ghostboy on April 11, 2004, 12:29:38 PM
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They leave Pretty Girls Make Graves in the dust.

I don't detect any sarcasm here.  Have you noticed the fact that PGMG are very proficient in playing instruments where as the guy from YYY can't form even one chord?  Karen makes up for hitting bum notes live by throwing beer over everybody.  Good for her.

And I also love the fact that bands with girl lead singers only get compared to other bands with girl lead singers.


Nope, no sarcasm here. First of all,  they're an easy comparison to draw, seeing as how they both go for a similar sound (melodic punk rock -- thanks to Godardian, I can also say that they both owe something to Souxie And The Banshees as well). Sure, the fact they both have female lead singers is a significant common point, but it's not like I'm comparing them to, say, The Cranberries -- their musical style is similar enough to warrant it.
 
Second, and this is purely my own opinion, but PGMG may be able to play their instruments really well, but that doesn't help their rather lukewarm and limp songwriting. The New Romance sank to the bottom of my regular rotating records almost instantly after my first listen to it -- I enjoy bits and pieces of it and there are some admittedly strong elements, -- but after only a few spins, I've found more passion and music in any given song on the Fever To Tell.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: GoneSavage on April 11, 2004, 12:36:40 PM
You've made a strong, personal case.  I commend you, good sir, but I don't agree with you.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Pedro on April 11, 2004, 02:55:22 PM
The problem with The New Romance is that after all of the elements of it are revealed it gets kinda boring.  It takes a few listens to realize everything going into the songs, but unlike other, more involving albums (like Kid A or something) it doesn't make you want to listen to it after you've unlocked it all.

ive listened to the first album a lot more.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: godardian on April 11, 2004, 02:55:34 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: themodernage02
and bang art star is pretty funky.


They're both great, but "Art Star" has grown on me more. I like how it seems to be taking the piss out of pretentious New York-style gallery-bound art-posturing... but all while being sort of exemplary of same. Dialectical!

My favorite from the EP is predictable, though: "Our Time" is anthemic and also benefits from completely and blatantly stealing the "Crimson and Clover" melody, but with way more interesting lyrics.

The "Machine" single is pretty good, too, although I'd say the only real keeper is the A-side.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Pas on April 16, 2004, 11:27:49 PM
That song Maps is pretty fucking good. Just made me buy this album.
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Post by: godardian on April 17, 2004, 10:18:19 AM
This may have been posted somewhere else already, but has anyone heard the gossip about Karen O. and Spike Jonze being an item?
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Post by: mogwai on April 17, 2004, 10:36:57 AM
Quote from: godardian
This may have been posted somewhere else already, but has anyone heard the gossip about Karen O. and Spike Jonze being an item?

it might be a rumor because i think karen is steady with angus andrew from the band the liars. who knows? who cares? :turn-l:
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: rustinglass on October 31, 2004, 08:33:33 AM
Hey, did anyone see the Y-Control video?
I caught it on TV at a party last night,  from what I remember, it was some freaky shit involving children with axes, a lot of blood, pigs and karen O wore a mini skirt.

Edit: Just learned that it was directed by Spike Jonze and nobody is showing it and no animals or kids were harmed during the production and you can see it here:
http://umusic.ca/yeahyeahyeahs/index.php#media
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: evaderhead on November 18, 2004, 07:16:21 AM
Quote from: godardian
When I mentioned the band in another context on this board, I said they sounded like "White Stripes meet early Siouxsie Sioux, with a dash of Lydia Lunch thrown in."

Anyone else agree, or would you describe differently? Obviously, they have their own energy, but I would say the late '70s/early '80s were a huge influence, stuff like The Birthday Party, The Fall, Siouxsie, etc, maybe the poppier early Sonic Youth stuff.



agree with"White Stripes meet early Siouxsie Sioux, with a dash of Lydia Lunch thrown in." but earlier sonic youth stuff? i really can't bring them together.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Stefen on November 18, 2004, 07:02:05 PM
You guys are trippin. Karen O is a dog. And the other guy in the band looks like Stephen Colbert. Good music.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: El Duderino on November 18, 2004, 07:47:25 PM
Fever To Tell is a great album
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on February 02, 2005, 09:56:53 PM
I got this album, liked it, didn't listen to it much, gave it another spin, and I'm addicted to it again.  

I quite enjoy Rich, Tick, Y Control, Maps and Black Tongue.

They do rock quite a bit, yes.
Title: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: modage on February 02, 2005, 10:04:23 PM
listen to their ep.
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Post by: modage on January 10, 2006, 03:25:34 PM
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - final album details revealed
Source: NME

Karen O has told NME.COM the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album will be called 'Show Your Bones'.

Released in the spring, the singer explained the meaning behind the title.

She said: "'Show Your Bones' is what happens when you put your finger in a light socket, we'd like to thank nine-year
old antigenius wonder-kid Drake Barrett for the insight and the life-saver, titles are hard to come by the older you get.

"Maybe there is some of that electric current flowing through the tracks of our album illuminating us from the inside out for you to laugh at and cry to or fry to, or not."

A single, 'Gold Lion', is out on March 20, followed by 'Show Your Bones' a week later (March 27).  March 28th for USA.

   
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Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on January 11, 2006, 03:47:57 PM
I've preordered a commitment to buy tickets for their upcoming tour in my head.
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Post by: cron on February 17, 2006, 12:18:59 AM
wow, the new song is so... mediocre.
Title: Re: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: MacGuffin on February 17, 2006, 12:21:38 AM
wow, the new song is so... mediocre.

When I first heard it, I thought, "When did Tegan & Sara release a new album?"
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 04, 2006, 08:49:34 PM
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs risk a career no-no
The brash band hits L.A. with a new sound and a little maturity. The question is whether fans can handle that.
Source: Los Angeles Times
 
(http://www.calendarlive.com/media/photo/2006-03/22252282.jpg)

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' sophomore album won't be in stores for nearly a month, yet the sniping of fans is already under way.

"It seems the YYYs have lost the edge — or at least forgot how it started," a poster calling himself "ypunkd" wrote on the trio's Internet bulletin board after hearing the lead single, "Gold Lion." "They are well on their way to sounding just like any other band."
 
That's to be expected of any group whose debut was as distinctive and successful as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 2003 album "Fever to Tell," a furnace blast of darkly sexual post-punk dance rock that went gold, got a Grammy nomination out of the gate and wound up on many critics' Top 10 lists.

Vampy lead singer Karen O, guitarist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase, however, are nothing if not disciples of George Santayana who know that those who fail to learn from the pop music past are doomed to repeat it — and themselves. That's exactly what happened to New York's the Strokes, whose second album was an echo of the first and was critically and commercially drubbed.

"I think we were all disappointed that their second record seemed like such a continuation of their first," Zinner said. "Maybe that's what made it even more clear to us that we didn't want to make a continuation of 'Fever to Tell.' "

So the YYY's "Show Your Bones," due March 28, is what is often referred to politely as "a departure."

Where "Fever" and the group's first two EPs consisted of jagged but concise electrified tone poems, most under three minutes, some "Bones" songs are epic and circuitous, driven by melodies and acoustic guitar. Karen O's vocal maturity, however, may be the most striking change — she sings in place of her trademark orgiastic caterwaul.

"There's been some growing up going on," O said. "It would be pretentious if we did the same thing twice."

That's one criticism the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are unlikely to hear about "Bones" or the group's eight-date mini-tour that kicked off in New York last month and stops tonight and Sunday at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

"It's going to go good," she insisted from a New York rehearsal studio while battling laryngitis. "I'm hoping it'll all be OK once we hit the stage. The anticipation is killing us."

"We're all pretty terrified," Zinner said.

Hardly the snarling, beer-spitting, sleaze-rock avatars whose captivating single "Maps" — with its lullaby-like chorus, "Wait, they don't love you like I love you" — became an anthem of summer 2003. But to hear the band members explain it, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are no longer that group.

Until now, the preening party jolt the threesome delivered on record came easily. They simply translated the electrified blues stomp of their stage performances to tape.

" 'Fever' is basically a live record," Zinner said. "We knew exactly what it should sound like before we went into the recording. So we could have this bratty confidence."

Not so with "Bones," recorded last year at the home studio of producer Squeak E. Clean (aka Sam Spiegel, brother of O's boyfriend, director Spike Jonze).

"This time, we were a little more insecure," Zinner said. "We knew we didn't want the same sound or musical paradigm. And we all had intense bouts of self-pressure and self-doubt."

Drummer Chase said the pressure sometimes resulted in flare-ups between the bandmates.

"There were times when we were feeling impatient or frustrated or angry and temperamental," he said. "A lot of that could have been rooted in the stress we were feeling, knowing this was going to be a high-profile record.... We needed to go through that."

Spiegel's résumé consists mostly of hip-hop projects and television commercial scores — he and O created original music for an Adidas TV spot directed by Jonze. And that song, "Hello Tomorrow," was downloaded on iTunes more than 11,000 times and hit No. 85 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

The band says it recruited Spiegel for his positive attitude and jokey nature. But when asked about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' chemistry, the producer seemed momentarily nonplussed.

"They're some intense people with intense emotions," he said. "All three of them have this intense energy on their own but when they're together, it's super magnified."

Two years ago, while on hiatus from the band, O moved into a two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood. In self-imposed semiseclusion — she says she had "no social life" although she did cut a solo album tentatively set for release in 2007 — the part Korean, part Polish frontwoman (real last name: Orzolek) says she faced her fears and fundamentally changed her MO.

"I ran dry on the sound of angst," she said. "I wasn't feeling whatever was informing my attitude. And I knew I'd have to go in a different direction that wasn't quite as in your face. Less aggro."

That attitude adjustment extends to her reckless stage persona — which resulted in a painful tumble in Sydney, Australia, where O nearly broke her neck. "I don't think I can run around like a maniac like I did before," the singer said. "The new songs call for a different kind of performance."

With drastic change, however, comes the risk of alienating fans. To hear it from Peter Baron, MTV's vice president of label relations, O's visual impact has been crucial to the band's success so far.

"She's so iconic, this artist cuts through your TV," he said. "We don't have a lot of those kind of video stars. For us, it's all about her."

Even if the bandmates are no longer the cocky upstarts they were in 2003, Chase says their newfound maturity shouldn't be mistaken for lack of spleen.

"Ultimately, Yeah Yeah Yeahs music feels like a celebration even when it is moody," he said. "It's strong and confident even when it's working through darker feelings."

" 'Show Your Bones' feels more introverted and introspective. We don't wallow in self-loathing," he said. "It is never weak."
Title: Re: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: killafilm on March 05, 2006, 04:52:21 AM
I'm really really liking the album.

I don't think it's to much of a departure.  I'm a little surprised that Gold Lion is the first single, though again I really like the song.  But hearing it on the radio today... I don't know, I would've figured they would have gone with Phenomena.  The first listen was kind've a letdown(?), but I listened to it on my way to work, and then I HAD to listen to it on the way back.  And so far it's been getting better and better.  Warrior is by far the stand out for me.  Anyone else stumble onto a copy?
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Post by: godardian on March 14, 2006, 12:21:34 AM
I'm really really liking the album.

I don't think it's to much of a departure.  I'm a little surprised that Gold Lion is the first single, though again I really like the song.  But hearing it on the radio today... I don't know, I would've figured they would have gone with Phenomena.  The first listen was kind've a letdown(?), but I listened to it on my way to work, and then I HAD to listen to it on the way back.  And so far it's been getting better and better.  Warrior is by far the stand out for me.  Anyone else stumble onto a copy?

I've been listening to the album for a while now.... Not so much on "Warrior" for me. But I LOVE "Way Out," "Honeybear," "Cheated Hearts," ***"TURN INTO"*** (I'm in danger of overplaying this one, it's my favorite on the album), and "Deja Vu," which sounds like Blondie to me--never a bad thing.
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Post by: godardian on March 28, 2006, 02:01:33 PM
So, "Deja Vu" is one of the very best songs on this album. Except, guess what? It's not on the US version!! It is on the English release. Why would this be? It's a real rip-off, because the song is much better than some of the others that remain.
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Post by: MacGuffin on August 10, 2007, 10:39:58 AM
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Clean Out Their Closet For Sexy New EP
Is Is tracks have a 'sexuality that trumps all of our previous music,' says Karen O.
Source: MTV

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had two very clear goals in mind when releasing their Is Is EP: Cut down on the sheen and pump up the sexy.

"We had these [old] songs lying around that we loved and [they] seemed to belong together, so we always wanted to put them out as their own release," frontwoman Karen O told MTV News backstage at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore. "And it just felt good to follow the second record with this really raw EP that beckons to our earlier music with a sexuality that sort of trumps all of our previous music. Taking some of the stuff we learned on Show Your Bones, we were able to up the ante. It seemed like we were able to articulate the music in a more mature way, but also let it be as raw as we are."

Culled from a handful of songs the band worked on while touring in support of 2003's Fever to Tell, the new EP strikes a perfect balance between that album's sweat-and-vomit-drenched rock and last year's more-polished Bones, with an added emphasis on heavy-breathing horndoggery.

The first single, "Down Boy," slithers along on a come-hither synth line and O's breathy delivery, "Kiss Kiss" is a chugging fist-pumper, and "Rockers to Swallow" is all slash-'n-trash guitar abuse. It's pretty excellent, especially when you consider that the band had left most of these songs for dead.

"The songs go back three years or so," guitarist Nick Zinner said. "Some of them we only played once or twice live and then put them to sleep. But this time we woke them up and put some new clothes on them — some hot new clothes — and sent them out into the world."

And since it's more backward-looking than forward-leaning, Is Is is already being heralded by many of the YYY's fans as a welcome move away from the shinier territory they mined on Bones, which was received with less-than-stellar sales and some fairly middling reviews.

"There were definitely songs [on Bones] we hoped would hit harder or reach more people, but that's the way it goes," Zinner said. "I think for us it was, musically, a really bold and adventurous and difficult step in every way, and sometimes when you just totally switch things up, it confuses people. But this EP isn't a reaction to that."

"We went through a dark tunnel and came out the other side," O added. "You don't want to complain about being in a rock and roll band, because no one will sympathize with you. But we went through the harder times and came out stronger from it. [The EP] felt like a good thing to throw out there because ... the morale in the band was so strong after getting through the second record, so this was almost like a treat for us."

So while some YYY fans might consider Is Is a step backward (in the best possible way, of course), the band just see it as the next logical step in their ongoing musical journey, a much-needed cleaning out of their closets. And, of course, being the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you're never quite sure what you're going to find in there.

"We filmed two shows of us playing the EP [at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery] in complete darkness," O explained. "It just seemed appropriate for the music, to kind of strip away the self-consciousness of anyone in the club by making it dark. And also, to make it anonymous, we made everyone wear masks.

"We were hoping people would be having sex in the corner of the room," she continued. "And maybe people were, because I couldn't see anything."
Title: Re: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: Stefen on August 10, 2007, 08:55:11 PM
I've already memorized and then gotten tired of the new YYY's EP.

The internet sucks.
Title: Re: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: MacGuffin on February 24, 2009, 12:18:43 AM
So when did YYY become Ladytron? I think a few listens and It's Blitz! will grow on me. It was not the kind of sound I was expecting from them. I do, however, know that Little Shadow is the best song on the album.
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Post by: modage on February 24, 2009, 02:18:58 PM
i like Heads Will Roll, Soft Shock and Dull Life.  but it's no Show Your Bones.
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Post by: Stefen on February 25, 2009, 10:43:07 AM
I've been listening to the new one for a few days now. I've spent a lot of time with it and I gotta say, it's really really good. I mean really good. I'll be honest, after the disappointment that was Show Your Bones, I was really hoping for Fever To Tell Pt II (even though I kind of got that with the EP, IsIs), but this new record is just so different than anything I could imagine. It really epitomizes the genre and may be the quintessential Futurepop record. Heads will roll and Dragon Queen are both two of the best songs I've heard this year. Runaway is beautiful and Hysteric is sexy.

It sounds so much bigger than it's 10 tracks.

I seriously can't believe how good this year is so far.
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Post by: RegularKarate on February 25, 2009, 11:16:11 AM
I've been listening to the new one for a few days now. I've spent a lot of time with it and I gotta say, it's really really good. I mean really good. I'll be honest, after the disappointment that was Show Your Bones, I was really hoping for Fever To Tell Pt II (even though I kind of got that with the EP, IsIs), but this new record is just so different than anything I could imagine. It really epitomizes the genre and may be the quintessential Futurepop record. Heads will roll and Dragon Queen are both two of the best songs I've heard this year. Runaway is beautiful and Hysteric is sexy.

It sounds so much bigger than it's 10 tracks.

I seriously can't believe how good this year is so far.

I actually came in here to post almost everything you just said exactly... I only downloaded it yesterday, but feel the same way... it's really great. 
Title: Re: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Post by: jenkins on September 10, 2014, 09:35:07 PM
who be listenin to karen o's crush songs? people out there doing this, i know it

i haven't liked it yet. what's the song i should head straight to?