Heads Will Roll (song)

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"Heads Will Roll"
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Single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
from the album It's Blitz!
Released June 29, 2009
Format CD, 7"
Genre
Length 3:41
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Brian Chase, Karen Orzolek, Nick Zinner
Producer(s) Nick Launay, Dave Sitek
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology
"Zero"
(2009)
"Heads Will Roll"
(2009)
"Skeletons"
(2010)
Music video
"Heads Will Roll" on 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, 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.

Music video[edit]

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".[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Track lists[edit]

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[edit]

Chart (2009–12) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 7
France (SNEP)[6] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 73
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 70
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 89

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