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Nicholas Cendrowicz
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 0Posted on Feb 29th, 2012 | re: Stereogum Presents... STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It (183 comments)

Your covers album is called ‘Stroked’, maybe ‘A Bunch of Strokers’ would have been a more appropriate title. For has there ever been a band more over-rated than The Strokes? As well as sounding like a load of Television B-sides they had some staggeringly banal lyrics, plus as a result of these tools we are still having to live through a Converse All-Stars revival.

I remember listening to ‘Is This It’ when it came out and thinking that their album title is actually an anagram of ‘it is $hit’. If there hadn’t been any Strokes we wouldn’t have had to cut off our ears to halt The Libertines or Kings of Leon or all sorts of skinny-jean no-marks who followed as rock was apparently rehabilitated (it was news to some of us that it had ever gone away….) That would presumably been a hoary beer-belch version of rock rather than anything new or exciting.

I’m astonished that Stereogum, which is normally a fairly lively blog, has been involved in this travesty. I am finding it difficult to imagine a band / album less deserving of such homage.