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.
The Strokes, oh the times I've had listening to you. There's that one time 6 friends and myself put $40 into the jukebox at Dick N' Dixies and proceeded to close the bar down singing every song in your catalogue. The patrons hated us. We didn't care. Or the time we invented that holiday, "Strokesgiving" - for those of you who want to know it takes place the Saturday proceeding Thanksgiving. It's basically getting friends together and taking over a jukebox and singing for hours...you get the idea.
There was that time I met a really cute girl in Vegas and we talked about our favorite songs from The Strokes. We totally made out and I got her phone number, but she was from Australia.
So many good times have come to my life from this band's music.
Anyway, they posted the picture today on Facebook today. I can't wait! Give me this now...oh, and you can follow them on Facebook here.
Also, Julian Casablancas is getting ready to launch his second solo album with his new backing band, The Voidz.