The End (Of The Wait For The New Strokes Album) Has No End

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By Alex Brammer on 9 Nov 2009

If, like me, you were wondering what the hell these boys have been playing at, fret no more as the first installment of ‘Strokes-watch’ is here.

First up, big Julian-dog has supplemented his recent album release with a Christmas song:

Those astute Saturday Night Live fans amongst you will recognise this as a cover of the infamous “I Wish it Was Christmas Today” originally performed on the show by Jimmy Fallon and co. way back when:

Julian’s version is certainly catchy, and I do applaud the thought, “I now checked that off the list of things to do!” (, but is it as loveable as the original? I’m not so sure.

With regard to the phantom 4th Strokes album, Julian recently told The Sun “There is a disagreement as to whether the songs are ready. Some of the band think they are and others don’t. I’m somewhere in the middle”. This doesn’t appear to bode too well for the follow up to 2006′s ‘First Impressions of Earth’, especially when backed-up with the statement “It’s weird with the band, a band is actually a great way to ruin a friendship” (The Sun). If it were up to me I’d just have Julian write the whole album like he did with the first two as they were clearly superior to their latest offering. However I’m not a Stroke, as much as I want to be.

Last but not least, the younger Albert Hammond has appeared on Gossip Girl. Bald:

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