Long ago I spent six or eight years in the record-and-tape business. I was exposed to a lot of hype, it was the age of hype, the virtual laboratory of hype. I became, I’m afraid, somewhat cynical.
So when the Strokes were new, my reaction was much like that of Keith Richards to Nirvana: oh, young guys? long hair? yeah, I know about that.
Well, more than a couple of years after stealing four Strokes songs from the old Napster, I think that they are the cat’s pajamas. First opportunity I get, I’m going to buy some Strokes product.