THE STROKES Released Second Album ‘ROOM ON FIRE’ 15 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

27 October 2018

Band: THE STROKES

Album: ROOM ON FIRE – the New York rockers’ second longplayer

Released: 28 October 2003 – 15 years ago

NME review: “Remember life before The Strokes? Guitar music sounded like something
you’d rather convalesce to than go out and rock to. Its stars looked like binmen and talked
like librarians… But just when all seemed lost (and music mags were closing down right, left
and centre, broadly due to the lack of anyone worth reading about), the cavalry arrived. Five young, sexy and skinny New Yorkers, The Strokes provided absolutely everything that had been lacking from modern rock‘n’roll… ‘Room On Fire’ is a refining and tinkering with The Strokes sound, a carefully calibrated attempt not to fuck up too early in the face of untold temptations. The results are still sleek, sexy and thrilling, with a tantalising promise of even better to come.”

Full review here – Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The Strokes jumped into an empty period of guitar rocker bands and scored big time with their jingle jangle firework, cracking electricity and pretty faces…

TOP TRACKS: Reptilia / You Talk Way Too Much / 12.51

* REPTILIA

* 12.51

* YOU TALK TOO MUCH (cool live version)

ALBUM in full…

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THE STROKES – New Video for ‘Threat Of Joy’ from latest EP…

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NYC rockers THE STROKES shared a new video for THREAT OF JOY. One of the tracks on their earlier released 4-track EP titled FUTURE PRESENT PAST. The clip makes reference
to the band’s blocked attempt to make a politicised video for other EP track ‘Oblivious‘. Frontman Julian Casablancas said: “Well we were going to do ‘Oblivious’ first and we had all this kind of super heavy political content and then it kinda of through different indirect corridors got shutdown”. Enjoy it here…

Here’s the excellent EP in full…

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THE STROKES – ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ is 10…

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On 3 January 2006 – 10 years ago – The Strokes released their third album titled ‘First Impressions Of Earth’. One of their best – also underrated – achievements to my ears.
A body of versatile rock songwriting and several top tracks (You Only Live Twice / Juicebox / Heart In A Cage / Vision Of Division / Ask Me Anything / Fear Of Sleep / Red Light) with ‘Fear Of Sleep’ as my favorite outstanding highlight. The energy, the drive and the utterly passionate Julian Casablancas vocals turn this song into a 100% classic stroke! Nothing less than awesome…

And another big winner – ‘Juicebox’ – smoking first single of the birthday album back then…

Shake that New Year Day’s hangover into oblivion !
Here’s the LP in full – Time to move up & down…

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Touched by New York City impressions…

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THE STROKES – Paranoid Brilliance – Here’s ‘FEAR OF SLEEP’…

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The Strokes‘ third studio album ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ released in 2006 is, to my ears, their second best LP (after their debut of course) and ‘Fear Of Sleep’ (track 10) the best piece of adrenalin rock they ever recorded. The intensity of Julian Casablancas‘ voice (he turned 37 yesterday) is enormous. A song about paranoia performed with a paranoid drive by a band capable of crushing anything that tries to slow them down and a frontman on the edge of madness. Brilliant stuff !

How did anybody find out where I was?
How did anybody find that out?
I was hiding from the world, I was a squirrel
But you chopped down my tree to get my fur

Fear of sleep, fear of sleep, the fear of sleep
Fear of sleep, fear of sleep, fear of sleep
Oh fear of sleep, can’t you wait, I’m not done
Fear of sleep, here you come, fall asleep, fall asleep, fall asleep

You’re no fun, you’re no fun
You’re no fun, you’re no fun, you’re no fun
You’re no fun, you’re no fun
You’re no fun, you’re no fun, you’re no fun

I guess everybody’s week must have been pretty rough
‘Cause everybody is drunk, loud and pissed off
I know you hate to be impressed with someone else, other than yourself
But you know trying to hold back on being an asshole helps

Fear of sleep, fear of sleep, fear of sleep
Fear of sleep, where’d you go? Fear of sleep
Oh fear of sleep, so you know, I’m not done
Here we go, here you come, fall asleep, fall asleep, fall asleep

You’re no fun, you’re no fun
You’re no fun, you’re no fun, you’re no fun
You’re no fun, you’re no fun
You’re no fun, you’re no fun, you’re no fun

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