Released: January 2001

Yeah, so it rips off Tom Petty's 'American Girl' like there's no tomorrow. It only uses about three chords. But I don't care about any of that. What 'Last Nite' did more than any other song from 2001 was prove that guitars could still be king, that the sound of some dude with greasy hair singing nonsensical guff about spaceships could come across like the most important thing you will ever hear. I'm listening to it now and it still sounds like the most important call to arms since forever. (MW)

On The Making Of 'Last Nite'
Nikolai Fraiture: “I do remember we had an alternate take, which I think is on a single, where Julian sings about Albert. The geeks can go digging that up somewhere in the archives.”

Steve Ralbovsky, A&R at RCA: “Six months prior the naysayers were saying, ‘This won’t play next to Linkin Park and Puddle Of Mudd. They perceived ‘Last Nite’ to be this lo-fi thing and UK hype wasn’t helping at all. But we got the key programmers out to the shows and they realised The Strokes were selling out 3800-seater shows in their territories without a stitch of radio play.”


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