Tell me what you saw :: VOTD

Gold Lion :: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
from the album, Show Your Bones
Directed by Patrick Daughters

Gold Lion is the first single by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their second album, Show Your Bones. Distinct in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ discography, it features acoustic guitar and a more slowed-down pace in contrast to former works like Bang! and Date with the Night. It was released on March 21, 2006, and became the band’s second major hit after 2004’s Maps.

Gold Lion was named after the two Gold Lion awards won by the Adidas commercial Hello Tomorrow at the 2005 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Karen O had contributed vocals to ad’s song composed by Sam “Squeak E. Clean” Spiegel, brother of Karen’s then-boyfriend Spike Jonze who had directed the ad.

Gold Lion was featured in the 2006 edition of the NME Essential Bands compilation album. It was also featured in a 2007 advertisement spot for Yves Saint Laurent’s “Elle” perfume. The ad, directed by Michael Haussman, features Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha.

It has been noted by some music critics that Gold Lion sounds similar to No New Tale To Tell from 1980’s alternative band Love and Rockets.

No New Tale to Tell :: Love and Rockets

What do you think?

Editor’s Note: I love both songs, and had never recognized a similarity until researching the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ song. I hear it, what is connecting, but I find them compatible more than copies. I’m left thinking I would love to hear a mash-up of these songs someday. I love how the NME described their initial listen to Gold Lion

“It starts off sounding like ‘We Will Rock You’ and then Karen O starts yelping like PJ Harvey with the brain of Tank Girl, and then it comes in with this big fuck-off tribal riff thing that’s made four staffers faint already.”

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