12 of the best major label debut albums


Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

New York City was the epicentre of the indie-rock renaissance of the early 2000s and major labels everywhere were looking for the next Strokes, but with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut, Interscope gave a voice to something a little bit different.

Behind the hypnotic vocals of enigmatic art-punk frontwoman Karen O, the album went on to become one of the most prominent indie-rock LPs of the era, selling more than 750,000 copies. Hugely successful single “Maps” crossed over in a big way on mainstream rock radio and exposed to the band to a much wider audience when its accompanying video was nominated for 4 MTV Video Music Awards.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
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