Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Despair

Apparently, no music video has ever been shot on the top of the Empire State Building. Until now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs becomes the first band ever to be able to shoot a music video on the top of New York City’s Empire State. And Despair, the second single from the band’s latest album Mosquito, gets the honor of using the Empire State Building for its music video.

In the music video (above), the band members all start in different places: singer Karen O at an intimate pub or bar of some kind, drummer Brian Chase at a subway stop and guitarist Nick Zinner in a cab. Fittingly (at least with the lyrics), the group unites on the 86th floor — the observation deck — of the Empire State Building,

The clip for Despair was directed by Patrick Daughters, who got to visit the skyscrapper for the first time (same goes for Karen O) and shot the video in the early morning, 373m off the ground, before the tower’s viewing platform was open to the public. While Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed on the 86th floor, a camera crew circled in a helicopter.

2 Responses

  1. I saw this video yesterday and it’s definitely one of their best videos as well as a great choice for a single to a very underrated album. I’m a fan of the band and I really hope they get the chance to get more exposure and not have them as the band known for that song “Maps”.

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