I knew it sounded familiar! I dragged Jed out to photograph the graffiti I’d seen in Brooklyn on Baltic street between 3rd and 4th avenue.

this is where clap your hands say yeah! got their name

So now when the reviews and interviews talk about where Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! got their name, you’ll know what (and where) they’re talking about.

From the preceding link:

“We needed a name before our first show,” [band leader Alec] Ounsworth says. “We were coming back from our practice space and we passed a graffiti sign where somebody had written that. And we just took it, becuase we needed a name fast.”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood (MP3 Link Expired)

Comments (16)
  1. Baylor  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    Here’s a better picture:

    Oh, and first post, bitches…

  2. The same kinda happened with Gomez. They had a sign for a friend “Gomez” so he could find where they were playing. So the public naturally assumed this was the name of the band. :)

    How could a band called “Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!” fail – I think they are destined for great things just for the name. Good job they weren’t a death metal band huh! ;)

  3. i saw it too a couple of times before i was even aware of the band

    here’s my solution:


    when i asked alec ounsworth about it, he was disarmingly unclear.. god, we are some nerd ass bloggers taking that picture..

  4. BS  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    there’s a band in Australia called Something For Kate. They got their name from a shopping list which I thought was sorta cool.

  5. totally uninterested in sucking these guys off anymore  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    now all we need to find out is their favorite place to take a shit, and who they think has the best falafel in ny and I think we’re set :)

    thanks stereogum!

  6. I find the name kind of annoying–a bit too precious, like Death Cab for Cutie (didn’t that come from Magical Mystery Tour?)

    I love the origin of the New Pornographers’ moniker though–from the Jerry Falwell speech about rock and roll being the “new pornography.”

  7. bam  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    i thought it came from hard day’s night.

  8. Second Rate Gordon Gano  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    Most OVER rated band since…. ever

  9. since Jonathan Fire Eater?

  10. I think it was Jimmy Swaggart that the New Porns took their name from… his statement that “music is the new pornography”.

  11. Jennifer_Juniper  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    “Clap My Brick Up”…. cute.

  12. richard  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    Actually, The New Pornographers chose their name before the book came out.

    “It all began in 1996, with a name. Zumpano had just released their excellent sophomore effort, Goin’ Through Changes. Yet Carl, ever restless, had other plans. “I always wanted to be the new somethings”, he says. “The New Pornographers had a good ring to it.”

    Even Carl’s explanation of where the name came from was after the fact. “I didn’t find out until recently that it actually had some kind of meaning,” he admits. “[Televangelist] Jimmy Swaggart wrote a book called Music: The New Pornography. Holy shit, it fits so perfectly. Ever since, I tell people Jimmy Swaggart said music was the new pornography. The New Pornographers are merely musicians. It’s completely innocent.”

  13. CYHSY rocked @ the Khyber last night.

  14. LL Cool F  |   Posted on Sep 12th, 2005 0

    What’s the blue thing approx 600 ft WSW from the corner on the sattelite google photo? A pool? I Brooklyn? Next thing you know there will be a tree growing there.
    First post bitches! oh wait.

  15. Death Cab for Cutive was the name of a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, from an album that came out in 1967.

  16. motophoto  |   Posted on Sep 13th, 2005 0

    baylor’s photo is not as good.

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