Our Time

It’s a bit of a hipster thing to say but sometimes a band’s early work really is their best work. On their 2001 five track debut e.p. Yeah Yeah Yeahs nailed something so absolutely with the song Our Time that nothing they’ve done since has been as good. They’ve definitely had their moments but nothing hits the spot like Our Time- the sound of the guitar, the snarl of the words, the rawness of the production. Bigger budgets and better studios, hanging out with richer people, more press, all that stuff doesn’t necessarily add anything. Sometimes a band just gets it right when they’re on the way up and nothing else matches up. Better to have done it once than never though.

Our Time

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Yeah

Browsing one of the shelves holding cds the other night I pulled out the only two I own by New York’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The first was the five track self titled ep, their debut release, from back in 2001. I loved (and still do) the final song Our Time, a raw and rough, spine tingling song setting Karen O’s vocal against Nick Zinner’s gut wrenching guitar…’It’s the year to be hated…’ she sings, ‘this is our time’. And it sounded like she meant it.

A year or so later they released their first album- Fever To Tell. It is the only other thing I bought by them. Looking at the track listing I can’t remember too much about any of the songs apart from the single Maps which went onto win awards and gets placed in lists in magazines and all sorts. And it deserves it.

Maps