Released: February 2009

NME writers’ track of the year in 2009 saw Yeah Yeah Yeahs embrace sexy synth dancepop with as much enthusiasm and effortlessness as they had straight-up indie rock. The result was a track which can justifiably claim to be a ‘Heart Of Glass’ for the 21st century. Yes, it was that good. Only Blondie were never this smutty (hell, neither is Lady Gaga for that matter). When Karen O exhorts us to “shake it like a ladder to the sun” we don’t know what the hell she’s on about, but it still manages to sound like the filthiest thing in the world. (AW)

How We Wrote 'Zero'
Karen O
"I think ['Zero' and 'Skeletons'] were pretty influential for the direction [of the album 'It's Blitz!'], because initially when they were written, I remember ‘Skeletons’ flicking a bit of a switch in my head regarding the possibilities of where we could go. And ‘Zero’ felt just like just another Yeah Yeah Yeahs kind of ‘ah!’ song, you know? I wasn’t thinking so much about the synth or guitar when it came to that one, but with ‘Skeletons’ I did because atmospherically it was just so… like, there was a quality about it that was really kind of moving and… I don’t know. I know that electronic music has been out there for a while, but it’s never really appealed to me for whatever reason, but then when I heard the landscape of ’Skeletons’, it really kind of flicked a switch and I thought: ‘Wow, what if we use more of that?’ Spatially, and how is that going to change the sound of things? So I guess they were influential, yes." (Clash)

 

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