Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night

by Rich Morris Rating: Release Date:2003-04-14

One could make a very convincing case for 'Date with the Night' being the single best song of the 00s. One could cite its balls-out immediacy; the way Brian Chase's drums skip between jazzy playfulness and a locked down disco groove; the way spindly guitar god Nick Zinner manages to straddle a hitherto unsuspected divide between no wave art-noise and gonzo metal riffage; the way Karen O sounds like a man-devouring uber-harpy and your adorable kid sister at the exact same time. Or how about the fact that it belongs with an elite few in the pantheon of Songs Which Are Ridiculously Funky Despite Containing No Bass (other songs in this category: 'Kiss' by Prince and Missy Elliot's 'Get Ur Freak On'). One could mention all these things, but why bother - it's all completely evident just by listening to the song itself.

With 'Date with the Night' YYYs hit a bulls-eye that they will perhaps never manage again. To be fair to them, 'Date with the Night', in its own loopy way, represents a peak so perfect - pop hooks in all the wrong places, collapsing in an implosion of blood and glitter at two-minutes-and-thirty-two-seconds, barely holding itself together long enough to hump your leg while howling at the moon - that once scaled, there could be nowhere to go but down, even if, as is the case with YYYs, the passage you take is a gentle slope with lots of nice scenery. One day, another group will appear perfectly formed to scale the same heights. At the summit they will find one studded-leather, fingerless glove and, in pink lipstick, the scrawled legend: "KO was here".

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