Tuesday, January 27, 2009

True Facts: Part B

In 2004, Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs took a trip four years into the future and played with an iPhone. While the touchscreen technology impressed her greatly, what really caught her attention were the large variety of applications available on the device. She wrote song about them called Apps.

Upon arriving back in 2004 (some question the fact that she actually time traveled. Most hypothesize it was a sleepy dream), she recorded Apps with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Not understanding what she was singing about, the other two members of the band decided to change the lyrics with the magic of mixing. They would trick her into saying a series of syllables and secretly record her. 'M' seemed to work the best. In the end, Maps became an indie hit.

Last year, when the iPhone 3G launched, Steve Jobs asked Karen O to re-record Maps as Apps for promotional reasons, referring to her "time traveling" days. She had no idea what he was talking about. Because who remembers dreams from four years ago?

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