Six months after it was axed from their debut LP after the September 11 attacks, the track turns up as a B-side...

Strokes are set to release controversial track ‘NEW YORK CITY COPS’ for the first time in the US – six months after it was pulled from their album in the light of the WORLD TRADE CENTER attacks.

The song will feature as a B-side on forthcoming new single, ‘Hard To Explain’, set for a mid-April release in the US. ‘New York City Cops’ was pulled from Strokes album ‘Is This It’ on its September release after it was felt it would offend Americans who came to see the New York police and fire departments as heroes in the light of the September 11 terror strikes. Nevertheless, the track, which features the refrain [I]”New York City Cops/They ain’t too smart”, has remained a live staple for the band throughout.

The single will be also include a yet to be decided live track and will carry the same glass-chair artwork as featured on the UK release last June.

Strokes return to the UK on March 22 to begin a sold out national tour at Glasgow Barrowlands. And despite constant rumours of appearances at summer festivals, the band now say that when the current set of dates end in Reykjavik on April 2, there are no plans “for spring/summer touring”. Their manager has added that “it is most likely that there will be none. The band will be EXTREMELY exhausted upon returning to the States in April and will mostly likely need to take a few months to write and rehearse new material.”