The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas – My Christmas Music

See the new issue of NME for more on Julian’s choices, plus what he really wants for Christmas.


My favourite Christmas song…
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
“I love that song. It’s got a really strong ’80s thing going on. I just heard Fucked Up have released their version – I haven’t heard it yet, but that’s a great idea.”

My first record…
George Michael – Faith
“My memory isn’t great, but I’m pretty sure it was this. I remember thinking how manly he looked on the sleeve.”

Before I die I’d play…
Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
“You could just slip away with this one – It’s powerful and grand and I think it would numb the sting.”

The best guitar solo ever written…
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
“I kinda want to say something by Slash… but then what about Brian May?”

My favourite Christmas movie…
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
“It’s a classic movie, with all the best lines. If you’re feeling down during the holidays, I guarantee this film will cheer you up.”

I wish I’d written…
Michael Jackson – Beat It
“It’s probably the best pop song ever.”