Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen

Remember when The Strokes were the Next Big Thing, the band that was being imitated overnight by dozens of other acts, the band that was single-handedly bringing a certain New York sensibility back to rock, the band that sold nearly a million copies of their first record in the States alone?

(Brief aside: I recall my initial reaction upon hearing The Strokes’ first album, after being subjected to non-stop, wall-to-wall print and internet hype: “Is this it? This is what all the hype is about?” The friend that played the record for me had to patiently explain, after some “who’s on first” confusion, that my query (sans question mark) was in fact the name of the album. About the only thing we could agree on was that the name of the record was very appropriate.)

Anyways, here we are in 2006, and not only has the hype died (evidenced by progressively weaker record sales) but The Strokes will be in Chicago tonight and I would bet most people don’t even know it. At one time this would have been cause for much fanfare and hoopla.

This time around, not so much: The Strokes are set to open for Tom Petty tonight at Charter One Pavilion at Waverly Island.

Frankly, this is an odd pairing- I can’t imagine a whole lot of crossover between The Strokes fanbase and Petty’s.

Perhaps their new status as mere mortals is why The Strokes titled their latest effort “First Impressions of Earth,” a title which conjures up an image of the band as first-time visitors to our planet; forming those eponymous first impressions as they plummet from the heights of fame and stardom to the ground.

14 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 10:58 am

    I might be mistaken, but I believe Petty persobally asked The Strokes to open and they accepted out of respect for a great musician.

    Trust me, their album sales are just fine, and they can still sell out larger venues than I would prefer to see them play without a problem.


  2. tankboy (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    …and, after seeing how I spelled “personally” I might actually learn how to proof a comment before posting it someday!


  3. Dave! (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 11:30 am

    I’d go see them both…

    I do think they are a little over-rated, but such is the hype-machine that is the intarweb these days. That can’t really be said to be The Strokes fault.


  4. Bill V (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

    I dig the Strokes and especially loved Is This It? There latest stuff is decent, though they’ve probably lost their touch a bit.

    I believe the reason for the pairing goes back to a song on the last CD that had a very, very, very similar sound to a Tom Petty song. Word got back to Petty’s people and the Strokes were confronted. The Stokes admitted that it did sound quite a bit like Petty’s song. So instead of lawsuits, etc. the Strokes are playing a handful of dates with Tom. Well, at least it goes something like that.

    I rode my bike to Northerly Island last year for Modest Mouse and we drank and ate outside the fence for free. The sound was very good, and there were at least another hundred doing the same. I recommend it if you are interested but don’t really need to be up close.


  5. nikkos (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    Pitchfork alluded to the “might as well be a cover of a petty song” controversy but I did not know this was a quid pro quo arrangement (if in fact it is). If true, I think that only bolseters my point: cutting-edge new messiahs of rock laid low because they ripped-off a song from Tom Petty (not exactly like stealing from Shakespeare, and this is said by someone that likes petty) and now forced to play opening slots for him? Ouch.


  6. tankboy (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

    Bill, which Strokes song borrowed from Petty?

    The only band in the recent past that did that was RHCP, with that “Mary Jane” rip-off “Dani California.”

    That arrangement sounds suspect though since Petty has said numerous times in the past that lots of songs sound like his due to the limited number of chords he tends to use, and I know he thought RHCP comparisons were pretty funny.


  7. nikkos (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    Pitchfork reports:
    “In lieu of having to pay legal fees for ripping off “American Girl” so blatantly on “Last Nite”, the Strokes will open five shows for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers this September. (What, were the Red Hot Chili Peppers busy?) Other openers on the next leg of Petty’s tour include Trey Anastasio, the Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, and– why the hell not?– Frank Black.”

    http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/37305/Strokes_to_Open_for_Tom_Petty

    Most of the Petty oeuvre consists of 3 chords or so, like most rock n roll, so proving ripoffs is pretty tough. I find the whole thing kind of amusing.


  8. Danny Doom (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    I think the Strokes got a bad rap, too hyped to possibly live up to it, but their first 2 albums are pretty good, I think. 3rd one I haven’t listened to a lot. I love the Jim Morrison-ish vocals singer Julian does. It was cool to hate the Strokes in hipsterworld and I never understood that as anything but jealousy.


  9. Mr. Smith (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    PF’s humor tends to be dryer than toast, but I think that was a joke. Witness this from a RS interview with Petty:

    “The Strokes took ‘American Girl’ [for their song ‘Last Nite’], and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, ‘OK, good for you’ . . . If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe [I’d sue]. But I don’t believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous law suits in this country without people fighting over pop songs.”


  10. nikkos (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

    Thanks for the comment and some clarification.

    Although I suppose that Pitchfork, dry humor or not, is still accurate in saying that they ripped off Petty (since they admitted it). Whether or not they’re opening for him on account of that or not remains to be substantiated.


  11. Bill V (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    Yes, that’s the story I heard. Why else would this pairing exist? Glad someone could find that old post, I thought I was going mad! Oh, but I probably am.

    P.S. Most artists these days would have a good time touring with Petty for a few dates, so we’re all probably making too much out of this. Petty asked them, they said yes, end of story. The Strokes will still easily fill the Aragon for a night or more. And that ain’t chump change.


  12. nikkos (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    Thanks for changing the subject- now everyone can bitch about the Aragon!


  13. john chris (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 6:45 am

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