Listen to Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Tick’ from The Buccaneers S1 E1 as the girls are in the carriage in England

Woke destroys everything it touches as the just-released The Buccaneers sadly proves

One of the worst Apple TV+ dramas released in a long time premiered on the increasingly woke streaming service this week.

The Buccaneers, a horribly-written and oh-God-we-MUST-be-diverse retelling of the classic Edith Wharton novel that has the titular buccaneers behaving like American women in the 2020s yet living in 1870s London.

Sorry, but it’s not Bridgerton. Not even close. It’s drivel.

Throw in contemporary pop music on the drama’s soundtrack, because that is all the rage by the eternally-unoriginal nowadays, and I would be hard-pressed to name a recent American drama that is worse.

That being said, and while I am tired of uninspiring music supervisors using pop music on a show’s soundtrack just because “everyone else does it”, the soundtrack does feature some excellent songs.

It’s just a pity they were used on this. (Then again, it appears much of the audience agrees with me, as The Buccaneers is currently rated with a dismal 6.4 out of 10 on IMDB, and dropping).

Although it is funny watching the various “reviewers” saying how wonderful the series is because, after all, if it its “racially diverse” and features a queer romance, it must be good, right?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Tick‘ one of the standouts on The Buccaneers

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Tick‘ showed up briefly on the first episode of The Buccaneers as the girls have just arrived in the UK, and are in a carriage on the moors screaming their heads off.

The dance punk song features sparse lyrics:

You make me, you make me, you make me
Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
Time you take it
You look so good
You take your time
Tick tick tick time

but the track’s pounding beat and melody are fun.

The song itself is the fourth track from the American indie rock band’s debut studio album Fever to Tell, which came out in April, 2003 on the Interscope Records label.

The dance punk song was not one of the four songs from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ first album, but it did help the group’s debut go on to hit charts in seven countries, including the UK and the U.S.

The album was also certified Gold in the U.S. and UK.

In the United States, Fever to Tell made it to #55 on the Billboard 200, which was a very nice debut for a not-so-well-known band at the time.

You can listen to the under-2-minute-long Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Tick‘ as heard on The Buccaneers in the video, and via Spotify. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend you watch the drama.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.