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The Strokes – The Modern Age (2001)

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To say this song is all intro would be doing a would be doing a disservice to Julian Casablancas’ passionate vocals. “Leaving just in time/Staying for a while/Rolling in the ocean/Trying to catch her eye/Work hard and say it’s easy/Do it just to please me/Tomorrow will be different/So this is why I’m leaving”. But I love that intro, and those kickdrums, and that guitar, and… This was 2001; ‘The Modern Age’ is the second track on The Strokes’ classic Is This It.

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The Strokes – Threat Of Joy (2016)

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In the last couple of weeks, The Strokes have revealed three brand new singles off Future Present Past. ‘Threat of Joy is the final reveal and the one that sounds like the band of old. Frontman Julian Casablancas sings “Okay, I see how it is now/You don’t have time to play with me anymore/That’s how it goes, I guess/Fuck the rest/Be right there, honey/I’m gonna take my time to say/Take my time today.” The EP has been pressed on Casablancas’ newly relaunched Cult Records.

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – American Girl (1976)

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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

I read recently that Led Zeppelin are facing a jury trial this month over a copyright infringement. The question is whether they stole the opening chords for their 1971 song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from the 1968 instrumental ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit. Whether or not to sue would seem to be arbitrary and may be as much to do with the circumstances of the plaintiff as to the strength of case. Earlier this year, Sam Smith settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between ‘Stay With Me’ and Petty’s song ‘I Won’t Back Down’. Whereas Petty certainly gave the Strokes a pass for ‘Last Nite’ and its remarkably similarities to his 1976 classic ‘American Girl’. Have a good week.

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Little Joy – Next Time Around (2008)

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Little Joy

Time for a little joy. Last week, it was Julian Casablancas; this week its another Strokes alumnus – the drummer Fab Moretti. He formed the band Little Joy with Brazilian Rodrigo Amarante and Californian singer-songwriter Binki Shapiro in 2008. A laid-back bossa nova influence is plain to hear in the summery sound of ‘Next Time Around’. It features on their eponymous debut album.

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Julian Casablancas ‎- 11th Dimension (2009)

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Julian Casablancas released ’11th Dimension’ as the lead single from his debut album Phrazes for the Young. With Casablancas’s vocals laid over an electro-pop synth production, this sounded to my ears like Phoenix meets The Strokes. What wouldn’t there be to love?

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The Strokes – Hard To Explain (2001)

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The Strokes 2001

Has it really been almost 15 years since The Strokes released their gold-plated debut Is This It? I love this song. I love this video. It is ‘Hard to Explain’.

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Interpol – All The Rage Back Home (2014)

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It was always going to be hard for a band to reach the startling heights of a debut album like Turn on the Bright Lights. A dozen years later and Interpol came pretty close with ‘All the Rage Back Home’, the opener and lead single off Their fifth studio album El Pintor. The familiar Joy Division inspired start bursts into a post-punk sound with waves of Strokes-infused choruses.

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Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today (2009)

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‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today’ was originally a Saturday Night Live skit featuring by Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan et al. back in 2000. A decade later, it was given an indie makeover by hero Julian Casablancas. The result sounds like a Strokes song with jingle bells and more than a hint of rebellion: “I don’t care what your momma says, Christmas time is near”.

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The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

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The Walkmen

In 2001, The Strokes had made rock’n’roll believable again. Their song ‘Last Nite’ (and what followed) was a clarion call and its echoes can still be heard today. Three years later, The Walkmen would respond with their own derivative of the New York revival. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser spits out “You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favour/You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number”… anger, isolation, sadness, a snappy title, New York. With its abundance of punk anthem credentials, ‘The Rat’ was understandably released as a single. It also features on their long player Bows + Arrows.

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Phoenix – Sometimes In The Fall (2006)

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Tonight, Phoenix are in town to fanfare their fifth studio album Bankrupt! This is one of those bands that should be more popular than they are. The theory is that their Gallic cool hasn’t translated as well into rock music as it was shown to do for some of their peers in dance music circles. I think the tide is finally turning. A complete sell out in London tonight, but unfortunately I can’t make it. By 2006, and their third album It’s Never Been Like That, they had evolved into a kinda post-Strokes jangle. As you will hear in ‘Sometimes In The Fall’, the disco rhythm had been dropped, but the art of catchy pop still ran deep.

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The Strokes – You Only Live Once (2006)

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I like this song because it reminds me of the grandeur of The Strokes’ early work without actually having to revisit their first long player. I close my eyes and I think of Is This It with a spoonful of Blondie mixed in. Try it out. If like me, you overplayed their first album, it’s the perfect medicine.

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