Karen O – ‘Maps’ video tears were real

The singer reveals the truth behind the famous promo

Yeah Yeahs Yeahs singer Karen O has revealed that the tears she shed in the band’s infamous video for their 2003 single ‘Maps’ were real.

The star told NME that she was upset because her then boyfriend, Angus Andrew of Liars, was meant to turn up for the shoot, but was late.

She said: “They were real tears. My boyfriend at the time was supposed to come to the shoot – he was three hours late and I was just about to leave for tour.


“I didn’t think he was even going to come and this was the song that was written for him. He eventually showed up and I got myself in a real emotional state.”

But the singer didn’t mind her raw emotion being used in the finished promo.

She admitted: “Patrick Daughters, the video’s director, is my best friend, so I was fine with him using it all.”

Also in this week’s new-look NME, we look back on the highlights of the T In The Park and Oxegen festivals, and the Live Earth event from Wembley Stadium.

Plus Courtney Love invites us into her studio, and we review the new albums from New Young Pony Club and Lethal Bizzle.

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