Check out Karen O´s new Video “Day Go By”
A day after her GQ interview with Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig was released, Karen O has shared the video for “Day Go By”, from her recent solo album Crush Songs. In the wiissa-directed clip, a young couple gallivant about in the sun. Watch it below via Vogue.
Read our recent 5-10-15-20 with Karen O here.
O is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She has also been noted for her sense of fashion, wearing ostentatious outfits made by her friend, fashion designer Christian Joy. In the early days of the band, she became well known for her outrageous antics during live shows. Their first ever gig was opening for The White Stripes.
Playboy made an offer for O to pose on their cover, but she stated: “I was approached but I said no. Who knows though? Maybe I’ll do it in the future, but now doesn’t seem to be the right time.” Since then, however, Karen stated in an interview with Associated Press magazine that she has changed her mind and would never do Playboy because of the audience that Playboy magazine attracts.
During a tour for the 2003 Livid Festival in Australia, at a sideshow at The Metro in Sydney, O accidentally danced off the stage and was reluctantly taken to a hospital. A few days later, at the Sydney leg of the Livid Festival, she appeared in a wheelchair pushed onstage by Angus Andrew.
O won Spin Magazine ’s Sex Goddess Award in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, she was named one of rock’s hottest women by Blender. In 2007, O placed #3 on Spinner.com‘s Women Who Rock Right Now. In February 2010, she won a Shockwaves NME Award for the Hottest Woman. She began working on a small side project called Native Korean Rock and the Fishnets with fellow NYC musicians in 2008.
In 2009, she contributed backing vocals, screaming animal sounds, and noises to the songs “Gemini Syringes”, “I Can Be A Frog”, and “Watching the Planets” on The Flaming Lips album Embryonic. In 2011, she contributed vocals on the song “Pinky’s Dream” on the David Lynch debut album Crazy Clown Time. In 2012, she collaborated with experimental rock group Swans on the song “Song for a Warrior” on their album The Seer. She also lends vocals to the song “GO!” on Santigold‘s 2012 album Master of My Make-Believe.
On the collaboration project with N.A.S.A. on The Spirit of Apollo, she appears on the track “Strange Enough”, together with Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Fatlip. O’s vocal approach has been described as “ethereal”, and has been described as “yelping” at times. She described her approach:
We still have to grab people by the collar … We put out a record every three years now; we could easily be forgotten. If you look at a lot of our peers that we came up with, a lot of them have disappeared.—Karen O in the Los Angeles Times, 2009
O has also collaborated with James Iha on his second solo LP Look to the Sky in 2012.