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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Date: Jun 22 2009

Themes: Alternative

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to

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It can make you feel pretty cool when a band you’ve loved forever suddenly goes mainstream. Obviously, you must’ve been ahead of the times to be a fan of that group before most people had even heard of it. On the other hand, it sucks when a band becomes more popular by changing its sound or losing its edge.

Devan has been a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for a long time. Listen to the dialog to find out how she feels about the band becoming more mainstream with its new album, It’s Blitz.

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Ella

Ella

Devan

Devan

Ella:  Yeah yeah yeah…Um, who…what is this? What is this group about? I…

Devan:  Oh you haven’t heard of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?

Ella:  No. I’ve not not not.

Devan:  Oh, they’re so awesome. It’s got a female singer, her name’s Karen O, and they have a new album coming out, which is much more poppy, more dance music than their old stuff. But they started out being kind of like a punk rock trio. But this is much more of an approachable album. She used to scream a lot and be really noisy. But now their songs, you know, definitely are more accessible. You could hear them played out on the dance floor.

Ella:  Oh, so are they becoming kind of mainstream now?

Devan:  Yeah, they’re definitely appealing to the mainstream more. They signed with a bigger label, and they’re definitely branching out to a bigger community. But I’m really excited about the new album. It’s called It’s Blitz and…

Ella:  I mean, what drew you to this group?

Devan:  Just her charisma, her energy when she’s on stage. She’s definitely got such like a big, strong personality, and she really draws you in with her energy. I hope that she still has that same energy on this album that she used to have, ‘cause I would hate to see her go too mainstream.

 

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Devan is surprised that Ella has never heard of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that Devan really likes. One of Devan’s favorite things about the band is the lead singer, Karen O. She has great energy and makes it fun to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live. She’s charismatic and exciting to watch.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a new album coming out, which sounds less punky and more like mainstream dance music than previous albums. Devan hopes that Karen O won’t lose her edge if the band goes mainstream.

Have you ever liked a band before it went mainstream? Do you think it’s possible for mainstream bands to stay edgy?

 

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vicmay_lo-flo@live.com.mx

Mexico

Actually I like the many bands that have now changed gender. I think the evolution in music should not prevent some things remain the same.

08:17 PM Sep 01 2012 |

anamusic

anamusic

Chile

I don’t know, music is something very personal. I think bands should change according to the time, it’s like people, we have to experience, learn new things, and change in order to stay updated

01:34 AM Apr 08 2012 |

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katarialokesh

India

it's very flair, i can learn many things about the music

06:31 PM Jun 22 2010 |

fosto

fosto

Egypt

it's very strang

but not bad

08:32 AM Jun 29 2009 |

KylieAcid

Singapore

I bought all of the YYYs album.

Karen O is my favourite vocalist. She's cool!!!

12:21 PM Jun 27 2009 |

Noor-alhalabi

Jordan

I dont LIKE like this bands .. although its common in the west ..

 

Btw .. there is a good new meaning =]

02:46 PM Jun 26 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I have never heard to speak about this band…It is a news to me,I will research on ;)

01:16 PM Jun 26 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I think that when a band change your style,lots of your following are lost! neither always a sharp of quality is maintained! For ex,when Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden,I let to hear Iron Maiden too! Now,when he returned,I come back to hear Iron Maiden again ;)

01:14 PM Jun 26 2009 |

ciberd7

ciberd7

Brazil

I love Yeahx3 because the lead singer is so cute and charming, she´s stylish, I love their new song "Heads will roll" and the Michael Jackson worfman eheeheh it´s creepy.

When a band goes mainstream I think they can get better or worse, it´ll depend on their new followings and they need to think it´s like an accompplishment of a dream and not to overdo the fame.

01:26 PM Jun 24 2009 |

tiagon85

Brazil

The worst problem to be a mainstream band is lose your own identifier therefor get more following and money.

08:45 PM Jun 23 2009 |

Elle shing

Elle shing

China

It is a cool band,especially the dress.

03:50 PM Jun 23 2009 |

AnnB

AnnB

Ukraine

YYY one of my favourites. love it. bit it's not a punk, it's like indie, indierock

08:54 AM Jun 23 2009 |

boriszl

boriszl

China

Every pop band has a charismatic and energy leader singer,Wong Ka Kui is the lead singer of beyond,I really like the band,it is mainstream in 90s in Hongkong,it draw me in with his energy and talent.  

02:41 AM Jun 23 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

i have liked a band that is still unpopular and they sound great, its like you listen to them and you feel they made that song for you, i dont know if they would change their edge if they became famous, i hope not. I dont think it could be possible for mainstream bands to stay edge for too long because they got to sell their CDs, sometimes dont really matter what they play.

12:32 AM Jun 23 2009 |

salvador garcia erazo

Guatemala

I would like to hear from those bands please send me something to my mail

 

thank you

05:36 PM Jun 22 2009 |

salvador garcia erazo

Guatemala

I AGREE WITH YOU, BUT IT IS "I do not like  bands that change their musical style…."

05:34 PM Jun 22 2009 |

salvador garcia erazo

Guatemala

yeah yeah yeahI DO NOT REALLY LIKE THIS KIND OF BAND IN WHICH THE LEAD SINGER SCREAMS A LOT, I DO NOT LIKE ALSO BANDS THAT GOES WITH MAINSTREAM

BECAUSE I REALLY THINK THOSE BANDS TAKE THE SOUL OF THE MUSIC AND PUT IN INTO THE MONEY 

 

05:33 PM Jun 22 2009 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

I don't like bands that change their music style just to follow trends! i think it's not cool!! I think they should do what they really like…not only to have fame!!Laughing

04:44 PM Jun 22 2009 |

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