Saturday, May 16, 2009

Music Video of the Week: The Strokes

The Strokes - You Only Live Once (Alternative Version) (Official Music Video)

Once upon a time (that long, long ago summer of 2001) The Strokes were the great contenders. They were viewed by the music press as the new saviours of rock n roll. At the time, the music industry was a barren landscape of mook rock (Limp Bizkit), vapid pop (Backstreet Boys) and crappy pop-punk (Blink-182). Was there ever a more ironically inaccurate term than pop-punk? Anyway, that's another conversation entirely...

The Strokes broke through into the mainstream, bringing The White Stripes (and others) along with them. But they never topped the promise of their superb debut, Is This It. The featured video (above) is a fantastic homage to Stanley Kubrick, and in particular, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Enjoy.