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Heads Will Roll (song)

"Heads Will Roll"
It's Blitz!
Released June 29, 2009
Format CD, 7"
Genre Indie pop, synthpop, alternative dance, dance-rock, art rock
Length 3:41
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Brian Chase
Karen Orzolek
Nick Zinner
Producer Nick Launay
Dave Sitek
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology

"Zero"
(2009)
"Heads Will Roll"
(2009)
"Skeletons"
(2010)

Music video
YouTube

"Heads Will Roll" is the second single released by American band Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their third album, It's Blitz!. The CD and 7" commercial singles were released in the UK on June 29, 2009.[1] The song was featured in Gran Turismo 5. The song was remixed by Kanye West's former touring DJ A-Trak, and this remix was featured in the movie Project X[2] in 2012.

Music video

The music video was directed by Richard Ayoade. It features the band playing in a (presumably) underground venue when a dancing werewolf (whose dancing is reminiscent of Michael Jackson) appears on stage. A light flashes halfway through the music video and the werewolf transforms. He then proceeds to chase after the audience and kills most of them. The video then ends with the band having been murdered while Karen O continues singing, her head severed from her body. The music video contains some mockery of horror in general; instead of blood, there is red glitter and confetti and Karen O keeps singing while decapitated. In the UK, there are two different versions of this video, the second replacing the violent conclusion with repeated clips from the previous section of the video, but it shows the confetti falling onto the band.

It was nominated for a VMA for "Breakthrough Video".[3]

In popular culture

  • The A-Trak remix of the song was featured in the 2010 video game "DJ Hero 2".
  • In 2011, the song was performed as a mash-up with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on the American television show Glee for the episode "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle".[4] The song was also used in the promotional videos for Showtime Networks television series The Tudors.
  • The A-Trak remix of the song was also featured in the 2012 movie Project X.[2]
  • The Kid Kamillion edit of this song was featured in Diplo's Sway In The Morning trap mix.

Tracklists

CD, 7" [1]
No. Title Length
1. "Heads Will Roll"   3:44
2. "Heads Will Roll" (Passion Pit Remix) 4:39
Digital Remix EP
No. Title Length
1. "Heads Will Roll" (Passion Pit Remix) 4:37
2. "Heads Will Roll" (Tommie Sunshine Remix) 5:22
3. "Heads Will Roll" (Little Vampire Remix) 4:47
4. "Heads Will Roll" (James Iha Remix) 4:15

Chart performance

Chart (2009–12) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 7
France (SNEP)[7] 45
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 73
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 70
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 89

References

External links

  • YouTube
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs Leave Heads Rolling On The Road - Billboard.com
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