Heads Will Roll (song)
|"Heads Will Roll"|
|Single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs|
|from the album It's Blitz!|
|Released||June 29, 2009|
|Songwriter(s)||Brian Chase, Karen Orzolek, Nick Zinner|
|Producer(s)||Nick Launay, Dave Sitek|
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology|
"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. The song, sung from the viewpoint of the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was remixed by Kanye West's former touring DJ A-Trak.
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.
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". 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.
- The Kid Kamillion edit of this song was featured in Diplo's Sway In The Morning trap mix.
- The Little Vampire remix of the song appears in Gran Turismo 5
|1.||"Heads Will Roll"||3:44|
|2.||"Heads Will Roll" (Passion Pit Remix)||4:39|
|Digital Remix EP|
|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|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||7|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||73|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||89|
- Amazon.co.uk - Heads Will Roll (Single)
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- "Ultratop.be – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
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- "Musicline.de – Yeah Yeah Yeahs Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011.