it's blitzed

I have a modest collection of ancient magazines that I leave sitting on the little coffee table in my childhood room--some choice issues of JANE, a copy of ID (the streakers issue!), and a Nylon or two, all of which played various roles in my development from sad nerd to the suave taste-maker I am today.


This time, my attention was caught by a piece on Karen O and Christian Joy in a rusty old (read: still totally amazing) issue of Nylon. This is how I first can recall finding out about her and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I remember thinking what a crazy badass she seemed like. Also I just reeeaaally wanted to party with her.


Eventually, I got to see them open for The White Stripes somewhere in the mid-aughts. I mostly just remember a bunch of drunk dudes yelling about how they wanted to bone her, which was uncalled for, but also understandable because I kind of wanted to bone her too.

(all photos by David Yellen for Nylon June/July 2002)


little lost love said...

Oh wow! Not so flattering images of the lovely Miss O there! Wish I could have seen them in concert in them early days. xx Hollie

Marta Represa said...

Was that her really? Wow she has changed. I'm jealous about you seeing her in the early days too.

Clare said...

I think if you didn't want to bone Karen O there'd be something wrong with you. GREAT photoshoot!

hello birdy said...

I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in a small tent at Reading festival in either 2002 or 2003, Karen was looking seriously smokin'. This does not look like her though!

christina said...

I adore the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and everything else connected to them SO much. Especially Christian Joy's little love affair with Karen O. Her costumes and designs are always so unique and magical.

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Haha, man, I guess you're right that these photos aren't that flattering, and man, yes, she's definitely changed a lot! But I still love them because they both look like they're having such a damn good time. It's been way too long since I had this much fun doing just about anything. It makes me want to put on "Date With the Night" and freak the fuck out!

sweeetheartfever said...

hahaha. this is awesome, siri. BRING BACK THOSE VINTAGE JANES BABY! can we start a Jane Magazine Revival Club and just post archived photos and articles?


Jacky Jazzowl said...

Do you remember how we miraculously ended up near the tour buses by pressing both buttons on the elevator and then hid in the bathroom playing travel scrabble until the show started? Bypassing the massive crowds waiting in the rain and running to the very front just in time. As I recall it was pretty epic.

Mary Standish said...

YES! I remember this Nylon!

I'm that big of a Karen O fan. She's my gold lion, she tells me where the light is.

Lucy in the Sky said...

daaaaaamn that's Karen O? o__o

Nylon was so much better back then.

Isabel said...

Sigh, I miss the days when Nylon was good!

Katrin said...

Aww she looks soo great their...wow 2002 I was 13 then..don't wanrt to think about my style back then.

I have added you to my blogroll on my side <3 You are one of my daily reads.

BuenoBueno said...

i miss jane magazine!
i saved all my janes along with my nylon, dwell, and ready made mags. I LOVE LOVE LOVE karen O!
saw her this past ACL fest and they were amazing as always!
just found your blog today!