"So much of The Strokes’ music is about moments, and “Automatic Stop” is full of them. The moody, isolated intro; that massaging guitar melody 46 seconds in; the little arcade breakdown at 1:50, the way Casablancas sounds like he’s singing while slowly sliding into leather booth at 2:25, and how Valensi, Hammond, Jr., and Nikolai Fraiture do the ol’ boogey stop at the end there. The spacey reggae track comes early in Room on Fire – and after “Reptilia”, no less — which in hindsight is quite surprising since it’s such a comedown song. It’s like if The Replacements put “Sixteen Blue” after “Favorite Thing” and expected you to go with it. We rolled with “Automatic Stop” because we were already sold on the Strokes and this speaks like their anthem. Casablancas’ lyric of “That’s just a phase, it’s got to pass/ I was a train moving too fast” says pretty much everything about their gasp in the ’00s."
on ‘Automatic Stop’ in Consequence of Sound’s article ‘The Strokes’ Top 10 Songs’. This song came in at #3 (via can-i-vhs-you
Keep On Lying
“It’s about lying to your girlfriend while trying to get up the courage to tell her you don’t feel anything because you’re destined not to be in love with anyone, ever,” “I went around the room with different instruments, and eventually decided they all wanted to be soloing at different times. The sound of all that aimless jamming made it sound like this ambient, loungy, jam session. And then putting all these voices on top would create this atmosphere of an ongoing ambient party. The guy in the song feels alienated from all this, he’s not part of the party even though he’s in the middle of it. There are all these people, all these voices around him, and he can’t hear what they’re saying.”
- Kevin Parker
GUESS WHO INTERVIEWED ALBERT HAMMOND JR TODAY?!?!? ME!
Yet Again +
There is literally only one post on this entire site with 11 million notes
It is this one. Occasionally, the original text/pic gets deleted and replaced with a gif of your OTP or that actor in that one show or a quote from that thing you like. But it’s not them. It never was them. It has always been, and always will be, a lie.
And now it’s a gif of Jules
"Julian and his bandmates followed in the footsteps of the Velvet Underground, Television, Suicide, the Ramones, and Blondie, creating the fresh, distinctive sound we’d been waiting for for over a decade."
Daft Punk nominate The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ for GQ’s 21 Best Albums of the 21st Century x x
(The album achieved 2nd place, ranked above Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend and The Libertines)
Feels like my life is ready to blow
friend: *turns on country music*
me: can you chill
"I want to be somewhere above you with all the candy in my hands. You smell like waffles and milk..I love and miss your body, and your twenty-minute kisses .. " - A fax sent to Kurt Cobain from Courtney Love (November 1991)