‘I borrowed my mum’s blazer’ – Alex Turner recalls how The Strokes impacted his life

'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' has also topped the official UK album chart

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has admitted the arrival of The Strokes in 2001 changed his life.

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.”


Meanwhile, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casinoshot straight to the top of the UK album chart tonight.

The record is the band’s sixth consecutive Number One album.

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