Gold Lion is the first single by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their second album, Show Your Bones. Distinct in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ discography, it features acoustic guitar and a more slowed-down pace in contrast to former works like Bang! and Date with the Night. It was released on March 21, 2006, and became the band’s second major hit after 2004’s Maps.
Gold Lion was named after the two Gold Lion awards won by the Adidas commercial Hello Tomorrow at the 2005 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Karen O had contributed vocals to ad’s song composed by Sam “Squeak E. Clean” Spiegel, brother of Karen’s then-boyfriend Spike Jonze who had directed the ad.
Gold Lion was featured in the 2006 edition of the NME Essential Bands compilation album. It was also featured in a 2007 advertisement spot for Yves Saint Laurent’s “Elle
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