Diff'rent Strokes play casio-style keyboard versions of the New York group's songs...

THE STROKES have a spawned a bizarre tribute band who play Casio-style keyboard versions of the NEW YORK group’s songs.

The Diff’rent Strokes – who deliberately spell their name the same way as the ’80s sitcom starring Gary Coleman – are to release their EP ‘This Isn’t It’ next month. The EP, re-creates the original album sleeve and instrumental versions of ‘Last Nite’, ‘Hard To Explain’, ‘The Modern Age’ and ‘Is This It?’.

The musicians behind The Diff’rent Strokes have so far refused to identify themselves. The EP is out on December 3 on the Guided Missile label.

For the full story, see this week’s NME, which is out in London now, and nationwide tomorrow (October 31).