on 5 June 2002
These are just three session tracks, live in the studio, a diff'rent studio than the one they recorded Is This It? at. So, don't be like me and expect them to be scorching and seething their way through songs that probably should have always been harder, with an enthusiastic crowd as witnesses. Nah, this is just them in the studio. There may be an extra symbol here or there, and the tone and key may be a bit different as well, but for the most part, you'd really have to listen to both versions to find out and it's hardly worth it, I think. Four stars because the songs are flawless, just like they are on the album.
on 12 November 2001
Well, here it is. The music media furore surronding this manhattan-based lineup has been building up for a while, and in their debut single, The Strokes do not dissapoint.
Their brash style initially sounds underproduced and raw, but by the end of the first listen to 'Last Nite,' it is clear that this is not a weakness of the record, but a strength. The song is simple, well-written and energetically executed, and serves as a promising flagship for their first album, and for a resurgence of no nonsence rock and roll.
With infectious vocals, pared-down guitar riffs and an amusing performance video directed by Francis Ford Coppola's son to boot, The Strokes' first release in the UK is the most refreshing aural experience you're likely to hear until, well...the next Strokes single. Enjoy!