The Strokes, Last Nite

I had a fun Labor Day weekend.  I crossed the Williamsburg Bridge on foot for the first time, explored Greenpoint, went to a great BBQ in Sheepshead Bay, got free tickets to the Museum of Natural History, hung out in Chinatown eating at the legendary Wo-Hop, and had a Belgium Chocolate milkshake at Haagen Dazs.  Basically, I was all over New York City, taking in the city I love before I depart for South Korea and Australia next month.  One great thing about this city is its history of rock and roll music, and no band in recent memory has blazed the torch for New York cool more than the Strokes.  At once both declared the saviors of rock and roll, and everything wrong with it, the Strokes have persisted for ten years now.  Coming out right after 9/11, the Strokes rock harder than ever, at least they do live, and it all started with their debut single, “Last Nite.”  When this single came out, I was 17 years old, starving for a new rock band to break into the pop scene and change the awful commercial images that dominated the depleted American cultural landscape at the time.  A lot of people would argue that the Strokes were depleted themselves, merely presenting a retread of the early 80s post punk rock movement, but I didn’t subscribe to that theory.  I saw them for what they were, rock stars writing catchy, exciting, and tasteful songs.  They were cool, and they still are.  Stroke on Strokes, and remember to vote me as CBS’s Best Local NYC Blogger by clicking here!

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  1. Josh Koral says:

    Sounds like my kind of day…..looking and eating. Marilyn and I really enjoy your writing. Runs in the family. When I was with your folks I brought your Dad the original copy of a small book he wrote in the 70’s. Check it out.
    Happy trails!

    • Willie says:

      Thanks Josh, that’s really nice. I hope all is well with you, the Korals, and everyone else in San Fran. I’ll be there for two hours on a layover on my way to Korea, wish I could stay longer and visit. Can’t wait to see that book, might give me some crucial insights I could use in a future therapy session. All the best, Willie.

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