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Stereogum's STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It

In high school, I only used to be able to fall asleep with the television on, and subsequently would be woken up at some ungodly dawnish hour to turn off whatever infomercials Comedy Central would have running. It happened all the time, although there is only one instance that I clearly remember and will never forget, because instead of turning off the television, I actually stayed up and watched.

I was awoken at 4am to the opening riff of The Strokes’ “Last Nite”. The classic stage setup of their music video reminded me of the late night shows I only saw pictures of the Beatles playing, and their sound was so familiar of the Rolling Stones records I’d barely dabbled in. There was something completely classic about them, yet something that no one was doing in 2001. And of course, I was also immediately in love with the entire band. The Strokes looked how everyone in my ‘hip’ neighborhood still wishes they could look. I was instantly taken by them, and I distinctly remember not going back to bed that morning, but sneaking downstairs to the family computer to try to download the song on Napster.

Is This It became a staple in my life, and still is to this day. I have so many memories of their music throughout my life, that is it strange to think of what would have defined my late adolescence and early adulthood without them. That album (along with Room On Fire, in my personal opinion) passed the test of true art: time. With relatable, universal themes of life’s transitions and catchy rhythms, there is no way that the Marissa A. Ross of 2061 won’t be illegally downloading Strokes’ albums and loving them.

That being said, it’s no surprise that Stereogum curated an amazing collection of Strokes’ covers to create Stroked: A Tribute To Is This It for the ten year anniversary of the album. Usually I think covers are bogus– in a “Why do you think you can say something the band hasn’t already said?” sort of way– but this is different. Maybe because it includes one of my favorite bands, Real Estate, but more so because The Strokes just deserve the music community to be like, “We love you!”.

You can get the entire cover album and read the behind the scenes stories of the bands’ Strokes love at Stereogum. It features Peter Bjorn & John, Frankie Rose, Austra and many more. Definitely worth getting your weekly download on for.

Download: Last Nite by the Morning Benders

Image & Music via Stereogum

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabby.ambrosio Gabby Ambrosio

    that morning benders track is my favorite one! the strokes let me down a little bit with “angles” (except for “under cover of darkness”which is obvi the song of the summer), but they are definitely timeless. i’m also biased because i want to marry julian casablancas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=631978790 Skye Wilson

    I thought this album was only okay. There were some really good covers like “Last Nite” and “Hard to Explain” coupled with some genuinely terrible ones. WHAT was that “New York City Cops”?????? Anywho, I love that they did this tribute album. The Strokes are my fav band and Is This It deserves it. And like Gabby above, I also want to marry Julian Casablancas (who doesn’t?). 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002095240160 Da Pattz Gomez

    THANK GOD for you! I met Fab nearly 5 years ago at Disneyland and he signed a ticket stub I carried in my purse since their first official tour. Needless to say he was extremely excited and thankful, but I was so nervous I practically screamed at him that Drew was crazy for leaving him. I later apologized… but boy, what it an experience!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vctr311 Victor Mendez Gomez

    Computer Magic – Take It Or Leave It <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662130572 Xanthe Pajarillo

    So glad you made this post. When I came across this I immediately downloaded it. Such a great record by The Strokes. I personally can’t get into the other records as much as this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blancamurillo Blanca Murillo

    Holy crap this article made my weekend. I actually have a similar story of how I discovered The Strokes. I was in 7th grade and was having trouble going to sleep one night so I was flipping through channels and “Last Nite” was playing on MTV. I too was mesmerized by their sound and even their video because it was so different from what I was used to. I FINALLY got to see The Strokes last fall at ACL as a college freshman. It was one of the best days of my life.

    Also, I always use the username BlancaCasablancas as a tribute to the god that is Julian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001281853802 Carlalaa Soto

    The Strokes are my favorite band, and I heard them at the lovely age of 9. Juicebox was my first song, quite funny actually. I thought it was SOAD, but you know 9 year olds. Sort of musically oblivious xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeslyncat Jessica Catcher

    The Strokes are my band. I will always be the awkward 16 year old girl walking around school in her Strokes hoodie, t-shirt, fan club acquired (old) backstage pass and shoelaces. All at the same time, most days.

    I downloaded the tribute album, but I was sad because to me it just seemed to take all the energy out of the songs. :\

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericaaaasmith Erica Smith

    I won’t even go into my love for The Strokes to save everyone some space, but I just wanted to say thanks for giving Room on Fire some much needed credit!

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely first rate and copper-bototmed, gentlemen!

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