The lyric – I just wanted to be one of The Strokes / Now look at the mess you made me make – on ‘Star Treatment’ is one of the most prominent on the band’s new record ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘. You can listen to the track below.
“The arrival of The Strokes changed what music I was listening to, what shoes I was wearing. I grew my hair out and borrowed my mum’s blazer. I was a huge fan,” he told Radio X.
“That line seemed to encapsulate this idea that a period of time went by in a flash. It was something to hold a place, which I’d return to once I knew what this album was going to be about. By the time I came back to change it, it seemed to be exactly where it ought to be.”
He added: “There’s something about how blunt it is, that almost caused me to dare myself to leave it in. It reminds me of the way I would have written the lyrics on that first record of ours as well. There’s something about this record and that first one… There’s a similarity to them and I couldn’t draw as strong a similarity to any [album] in between. I can’t quite put me finger on what it is. Maybe it’s in that line and how direct it is.”
The record is the band’s sixth consecutive Number One album.