Song of the Day #3,983: ‘Last Nite’ – The Strokes

The biggest critical splash of 2001 came courtesy of New York rockers The Strokes and their debut album Is This It. The record was named the year’s best by many critics and placed second (behind Bob Dylan’s Love and Theft) on the annual Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll.

The Strokes were hailed as saviors of rock-n-roll, carriers of the garage rock and post-punk banners. They pointed to the Velvet Underground as a primary influence, and many breathless critics predicted they would be equally influential on popular music.

Obviously, that didn’t come to pass. The band released full-length albums for another decade or so and continue to perform live, but they aren’t exactly relevant these days. More like a cautionary tale of what too much hype too early can do to a career.

Is This It is a very good album, though. A super fun listen when freed from the burden of its expectations. I was aware of the band back in ’01 but never jumped on the bandwagon, and I’m glad this theme week gave me the chance to finally give them a listen.

Today’s song, ‘Last Nite,’ was one of the album’s singles. It cribs its opening guitar riff from Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl,’ something Petty himself found flattering. He later invited The Strokes to open for him.

[Verse 1]
Last night, she said, “Oh, baby, I feel so down
Oh, it turns me off when I feel left out”
So I, I turned ’round, oh, baby, don’t care no more
I know this for sure, I’m walking out that door
Well, I’ve been in town for just about fifteen-oh minutes now
And baby, I feel so down
And I don’t know why I keep walking for miles

[Chorus]
And say, people, they don’t understand
Your girlfriends, they can’t understand
Your grandsons, they won’t understand
On top of this, I ain’t ever gonna understand

[Verse 2]
Last night, she said, “Oh, baby, don’t feel so down
Oh, it turns me off when I feel left out”
So I, I turned round, oh, baby, gonna be alright
It was a great big lie, ’cause I left that night, yeah

[Chorus]
Oh, people, they don’t understand
No, girlfriends, they don’t understand
In spaceships, they won’t understand
And me, I ain’t ever gonna understand

[Verse 3]
Last night, she said, “Oh, baby, I feel so down
See, it turns me off when I feel left out”
So I, I turned ’round, oh, little girl, I don’t care no more
I know this for sure, I’m walking out that door, yeah

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,983: ‘Last Nite’ – The Strokes

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Still not a fan of garage band rock, but this song is kinda catchy.

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