The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)

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"The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song.jpg
Single by The Flaming Lips
from the album At War with the Mystics
ReleasedApril 17, 2006
Format7", CD, Maxi-CD
Recorded2004 - 2005
GenrePop rock, Psychedelic Rock
Length4:55 (album version)
5:22 (full version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd
Producer(s)The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Scott Booker
The Flaming Lips singles chronology
"The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)"
(2006)
"The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)"
(2006)
"It Overtakes Me EP"
(2006)

"The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)" is a song by The Flaming Lips, released as the second single from their 2006 album At War with the Mystics. It is their highest-charting single so far in the UK, peaking at #16.

About the song[edit]

The theme of the lyrics is more political than their earlier material, as it asks listeners what they would do if they had all the power in the world. The questions asked are answered by a chorus of repetitive "yeah"s for some questions and "no"s for others. Wayne Coyne has repeatedly stated that the song does not directly refer to George W. Bush, as members of the media have speculated, but serves as a general statement about abuse of power. Coyne summarized his intended interpretation to the band's audience at the Austin City Limits Music Festival that "Power is like money. It should be earned, not given to you."

This song was used in Intel's "Raise Your Hand" ad campaign, which features text question over shots of people in various settings raising their hand while the chorus "Yeah Yeah Yeah" was repeated. It was also used over the opening scenes and credits of The Brothers Solomon. A 2008 television commercial for a Kraft salad dressing features this song in the background,[1] as does a wind power commercial for the group's hometown utility company, OG&E (Oklahoma Gas & Electric), in which Coyne appears along with other Oklahoma luminaries and representatives of the general public. The song was also used in the trailer for the film Moving McAllister, as well as the movie I Love You, Man, and the pilot for the Fox show Sons of Tucson. It was also featured on a commercial in late 2006 for Cartoon Network's Squirrel Boy. It was also featured in the soundtrack of the game FIFA Street 2.

Wayne Coyne's view on the song[edit]

"Steven had been recording in a separate vocal booth on his computer and I walked by and heard the crazy grouped vocals doing the "yeah yeah yeah" part and I was immediately hooked. This is one of those songs that points the finger at the pettiness of those in power but also points the finger back at ourselves - what would YOU do? Power in the hands of the inexperienced (which is what we would be) is very dangerous..."[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video has three segments. In the first, Asian women forcibly tape hamburgers to a businessman and then he is let loose, chased by several shirtless obese men and watched by amused but non-interfering police officers played by Flaming Lips members Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd and Kliph Scurlock. In the second segment, a woman is similarly covered by doughnuts and is chased by the police officers. In the third segment, frontman Wayne Coyne - who portrays a ruthless leader - has raw steaks and some lengths of intestine stapled to him and gets chased by a werewolf.

UK track listings[edit]

  • 7"
  1. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"
  2. "Why Does It End?"
  • CD
  1. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"
  2. "The Gold in the Mountain of Our Madness"
  • Maxi-CD
  1. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"
  2. "Time Travel...YES!!!"
  3. "Why Does It End?"
  4. "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" (Music video)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 79
UK Singles Chart 16
U.S. Billboard European Hot 100 Singles 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What's That Song in the Kraft Salad Dressing Commercial". Retrieved 12 February 2009.

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