THE STROKES Live In Iceland 04/02/2002

Live In Iceland 04/02/2002
Rare 2002 Promo-Only Live CD

Don’t mistake me for a fan. I found The Strokes to be amusing at best, and outrageously tame compared to their supposed influences (Stooges, Velvets, Television). Their rhythms always struck me as pedestrian and petttyesque, while the intentional over-modulation of Julian Casablancas vocals got old real fast. Fact is, this is all I’ve ever owed by them, a hard to find, six song, promo-only CD recorded live in Iceland – notable in that it featured “New York City Cops,” which, at the time, had been omitted from their stateside debut in lieu of 9/11. Why even post it, you ask? Well, it’s a handy, compact taste of what The Strokes were all about, and fans without it are sure to be pleased. They’re back together and performing now, while their CDs are mighty affordable at Amazon.

Intro (0:42)
Someday (3:29)
New York City Cops (3:58)
Soma (2:59)
Trying Your Luck (3:42)
Last Night (3:47)
Take It Or Leave It (4:04)


  • Flecton Big Sky
    April 26, 2010 - 19:13 | Permalink

    Hi, i like what you said about the band … when they came out and even to this day, they have always reminded me of The Cars.

  • Capt. Willard
    April 26, 2010 - 19:16 | Permalink

    Not a bad analogy.

  • Flecton Big Sky
    April 26, 2010 - 19:19 | Permalink

    cheers. i think it works loosely. it was mostly based on their first album. i don't think they've made their Candy-O yet hahaha.

    b.t.w. – great great site … i stumbled onto it about 6 months ago and am still "digging through your crates".

  • Capt. Willard
    April 26, 2010 - 15:20 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • La Piazza Gancio
    April 27, 2010 - 04:50 | Permalink

    As a sportwriter once wrote, hitting .275 in New York is the equivalent of hitting .300 anywhere else.

  • Stymie
    April 27, 2010 - 18:13 | Permalink

    I do grant ya that there wuz a lot 'o hype round them boyz but way-back-when in 2001 this wuz a nice sign that geetar bands still had a place. I dunno, the ferst wasn't so bad at the time. Ain't no giant FanBoy but there's a whole lot worse out there than The Strokes.

  • Capt. Willard
    April 27, 2010 - 18:46 | Permalink

    The hype, though no fault of the band, was pretty off-putting. You read all the accolades, from various sources, and then when you finally hear that they're not the reinvention of the wheel, you kinda feel let down. Too often, it's inadvertently held against the bands – instead of the adjective-crazed critics. I thought the first was OK, too. Tame… but OK.

  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2010 - 12:01 | Permalink

    Spot on for years I have been referencing The Cars being the big influence on these lads I think we got the stripes at around the same time…I'm sticking with Meg and Jack… 6pt

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