The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas gets festive with new version of ‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today’

Have yourself a merry little Strokesmas...

The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has unveiled a previously unreleased version of his single ‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today.’

The festive offering was first released in 2001 as part of a now-legendary SNL sketch featuring the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan.

But while Casablancas covered it for a 2009 album of festive classics, he’s provided his take on the track once again.


Instead of epitomising festive cheer, the newly released 2015 demo sees Casablancas teaming up with The Voidz for a version that is distorted and provided with an unexpectedly fuzzy edge. You can listen to both tracks below and compare the difference.

The new solo offering from Casablancas comes days after The Strokes confirmed their return in 2019.

Yesterday, they were confirmed for Spain’s Doctor Music festival next summer, which came after they confirmed a headline set at Bilbao’s BBK Festival.

A representative has confirmed that this is part of a ‘global comeback’. Further European and world festival dates are expected to be announced in the weeks and months ahead.


Although this marks their first shows in two years, Strokes fans were fooled into thinking that they had confirmed a secret London show earlier this year. In July, a tweet from music venue Dingwalls announced a performance of a “very special one off show” from ‘Venison’ in the traditional logo style of The Strokes.

Despite fans queuing to get their hands on tickets, it later emerged that the hoax show had been organised by a disgruntled employee in a leaving shot at the venue.

Discussing the hoax, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr later told NME: “I didn’t feel the need to respond. It felt more exciting for it to be its own story. I remember reading tweets and someone said ‘my daughter went and took the train’. I didn’t respond – if I was a teenager and I did that it would feel like a fun journey, a part of life.”