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If you want something in this world, all you have to do is ask. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have learned that secret of the universe and for their efforts have been rewarded the proud title of first band to make a music video on the top of one of New York City’s most iconic figures. More from the New York Times:

The group was recording the video for “Despair,” the second single off their new album, “Mosquito.” For logistical and creative reasons, the shoot was a well-kept secret. It began with a sort of cinematic preparty in a nearby Irish pub and ended with a helicopter buzzing the skyline. the full video will premiere on Monday on Noisey,’s online music channel. (VIEW PREVIEW CLIP) UPDATE: here is the video !!

It’s the first music video shot atop the Empire State Building. And to hear Anthony E. Malkin, the president of Malkin Holdings, operator of the Empire State Building, tell it, it’s about time. “The way I look at it is, why hadn’t this been done before?” he said. “Credit to them for having the gumption to ask.”