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it did me:
Who'd heard of them before early 2001?
we're as far away from Is This It as Is This It was from Parklife, The Holy Bible, Definitely Maybe. Nothing much seems to have happened to change (guitar) music since.
has always been a slow moving backward looking beast though
between 1994 and 2001 there'd been stuff like NAM (lol) and nu-metal and a rise in American -core like ATD-I and Amen and stuff. Enough to warrant the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs and Futureheads to be called the Britpop-revival a few years later. All we seem to have had is The Libertines and some emo.
guitars will be back! They find a way.
i see Arctic Monkeys as just the libertines but more northern and with less talent. Franz wouldn't have got as far as they did without the strokes i don't think. The only other thing i can think of is the sort of new wave of post-punk thing that included the rapture and lcd and that lot. That seemed to straddle dance and rock though.
nu-rave was so vague and quite openly a joke that it's hard to count it. Bring back Romo i say.
Doherty has said the Libs were signed as a British Strokes. Take Me Out was called Strokes-like by quite a few people at the time, and it's off the back of that album that Lawrence Bell could afford to outbid majors for the Arctics. The Kaisers were initially seen as a less angular version of Franz. Cut to: all modern British guitar chart music.
Next year with the "indie" thing fading we're going to get a lot of that 'alternative pop' being promoted big, I think, following the Ting Tings, Robyn and the blog love of Girls Aloud and the Sugababes. Frankmusik, VV Brown and Little Boots are being set up for big crossover things. Maybe even the Annie album will finally come out.
We are, for example, now as far from The Queen Is Dead as The Queen Is Dead was from Love Me Do.
no rock and roll fun pointed out that we are as far away from 'Blue Monday' as 'Blue Monday' was from Buddy Holly.
we've still got two and a bit years. They may actually have started on the new album by then...
and, is it just me or have they not done anything for ages?
was all about the verve, manics, embrace etc
Gomez and SFA!
"hoped that their new material will be a return to the heady days of their debut album"
That's what Room On Fire was, and they got shit on.
Then they mixed it up with First Impressions, which led to more shit.
I'm not surprised they're scared to hit the studio.
Julian Casablancas is a truly great pop songwriter, it has to be said.
(I have to confess I wrote that article - horrible hack job, which I filled with own prejudice) - but I think the problem with Room on Fire wasn't that it stuck to the Is This It template so closely, but that it did it so badly. I could hum nearly every song off Is This It - I can barely name the tracks of Room on Fire.
They're stuck between a rock and a hard place really, can't go backwards for fear of regression, and can't go forwards for fear of "change".
I'm sure whatever they come up with will be worth a listen though - maybe they should let Albert and co. do a little more songwriting. It always amazed me how all the songwriting credits on Is This It are for Julian and Julian alone.
Though maybe that WAS a good thing...
i remeber reading an interview with albert jusat before his first solo effort was released and he said most of his album he originally wrote as strokes songs but julian rejected them all as he is the songwriter of the band. it is strange though as a lot of that first albert album sounds EXACTLY liek the strokes just with no julian
This implies they formed in 1998. So they were dormant for three years until the first EP came out? Or did a couple of them just meet at that Swiss finishing school in '98? Following this logic, we can expect a "37 years of Oasis" feature sometime next year. The NME are fucking desperate, aren't they?
Their Wiki entry also has them down as forming in '98, so I'm probably wrong.
So yeah maybe they formed in 1998, but i don't consider that 10 years.
I always mistrusted them because it was so clear that they were being marketed in terms of alleged coolness and fashion rather than what they sounded like (which was a retread of old Lou Reed-isms). Their manager had a stranglehold on the NME to the extent that it was little more than a weekly Press release for the band. The same guy then pushed the Kings of Leon as 'the country Strokes'.
The first Strokes album now actually sounds pretty good, if still lightweight.
that's frightened me.
7 years? Really?