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08/23/2014 | Filed In: Julian Casablancas | Birthday | The Strokes

Happy Birthday to Mr. Casablancas

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Julian Casablancas is 36 today, so X96 thought we would look back at our 6 favorite songs from The Strokes and his solo career.

Rumor has it The Strokes have a new album in the works and Mr. Casablancas' side project, Julian and The Voidz will have something in the future as well.

In no random order here are the six songs featuring Julian any that playlist should include:

1. "Last Night" - The build up, the beat, the pinnacle: "Laaaaaasssst Niiiightttt..." I can't count how many amazing night have started or ended with this song.

2. "Between Love and Hate" - From 2003's "Room On Fire" this song provides apathy to either traditional gender roles or the end of a relationship. I am not sure which, maybe both, but you can sing your voice out to it.

3. "On the Otherside" - Again, not so much a ray of sunshine of here, but then again if you wanted that you would listen to Pat Boone. Now sing that damn hook out loud!

4. "Taken For A Fool" - Knocking on the door of Rick Ocasek and The Cars, this would the poppier side of The Strokes. One of my personal favorites. How this song was not a massive hit is a cultural mystery.

5. "Out of the Blue" - This song has the swing of a 70's TV show theme. That isn't an insult. It's a moving, traveling, outliner of a song. Perhaps it has something to do that it's from Mr. Casablancas' first solo album, "Phrazes for the Young."

6. "Red Light" - "Get yourself a lawyer and a gun." That line hits my head a bloated-headed hammer. What else can you say? It leaves one at the end of culture, society, a relationship and perhaps wits. Grim advice has never been so well-placed.

Let me make a small suggestion for your weekend. Go down to your favorite watering hole, put $5 in the digital machine that used to be a jukebox and set up a playlist of your favorite songs from The Strokes. All will be fine in the world.


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