Y Control

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Single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
from the album Fever to Tell
Released June 1, 2004
Format CD
Genre Dance-punk, art punk, garage punk
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Brian Chase, Karen Lee Orzolek, Nick Zinner
Producer(s) Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology
"Y Control"
"Gold Lion"

"Y Control" is a single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from their debut album Fever to Tell. The name of the song refers to the emotional control of a female, referring to the male Y chromosome, and can also be read as a reference to Prince's 1995 song "Pussy Control," which is frequently abbreviated as "P Control."[1] The song's music video was controversial for its disturbing imagery; nonetheless, it received some play on MTV and its sister station, MTV2. The song is part of the soundtrack of Dirt 2.

Critical Reception[edit]

The song was met with universal acclaim upon its release, with many critics noting it as one of the album's highlights. Pitchfork Media listed "Y Control" as the 213th best song of the decade.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Y Control", directed by Spike Jonze, was controversial for its images of children carrying the body of a dead dog, giving the middle finger, and a subtitled portrayal of child mutilation including the chopping of a boy's hand and another boy disemboweling himself with a knife.[3][4] MTV and MTV2 agreed to air the video; however, they included a disclaimer from Jonze at the beginning, and blurred out some of the video's more offensive material.[4] The unedited version is available on their "Tell Me What Rockers to Swallow" DVD.[4]

Entertainment Weekly gave a negative review of the video, describing the video as "a sort of fairy tale gone wrong," and calling it "amateurish." It was put into rotation on MTV and MTV2.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number 54 on the UK Singles chart. It was the least successful single from "Fever to Tell."[5]


Chart (2004) Peak
Official UK Charts [5] 54

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Y Control"
  2. "Y Control" (The Faint remix)
  3. "Y Control" (Live at the Fillmore)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Prince P. Control overview". Discogs. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Top 500 Tracks of the Decade". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Perez, Rodrigo. "YEAH YEAH YEAHS SUMMON THE SPIRIT OF JACKO IN SPIKE JONZE-HELMED CLIP". MTV. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Endelman, Michael. "Yeah Yeah Yeahs Explain Their Disturbing New Video". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Yeah Yeah Yeah's chart history". Official Charts. Retrieved 19 October 2016.