The sound of the future with a blast from the past! "The Strokes: Last Nite" is one of those moments that cannot be fully explained unless you lived back when they were one of the "rock's salvation" when the genre was about to "get extincted" but I'll try to pinpoint some facts and why I love this clip despite its simple settings.
I don't remember exactly the first time I've seen it, but I vividly remember the song playing in a car's commercial in the early 2000's and I just loved the music: loud, vibrant and catchy in an almost comic way. Cut to some time later, there was these guys playing it, in a calculated clumsy way with dropping mics or other objects, filmed in a nostalgic 1980's clip style. Something awesome was going on there. And next thing I know I'm hooked to the band.
From Roman Coppola's memorable choice for set designs - featured in other clips by The Strokes - to Julian Casablanca's remarkable presence or even the way Albert Hammond Jr. plays the guitar, everything works with its simplicity in giving us a band performing the song. What Coppola adds to the combo is a distinctive visual that echoes a few decades after the actual fact something insanely nostalgic and cool. Yes, let us consider that some (if not all) band members were born on the 1980's and they're big fans of the period, as evidenced in some of their other videos - which includes their greatest "Hard to Explain", from same album "Is this it".
Not just the video, gotta listen to the song too, one of the Rock n'Roll kicks into the 21st century, a explosion to the senses that still captures your heart and mind. The genre didn't get much better than this in the following years after "Last Nite", but at least The Strokes tried. 10/10
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