Albert Hammond Jr. Works With The Vaccines

by Eric Van Dril · 32 comments

When it comes to Strokes collaborations, I really only get excited when Julian’s involved. No offense, Niko fangirls.

That said, Albert worked on a track with The Vaccines and NME made it seem like all the members of The Strokes on the current issue’s cover because they’re manipulative.


Oh, and while we’re talking about Albert interacting with other famous people, there’s this article, via HRO, where Aggy talks about her breakup with Albert…

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1 mmmhmm August 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I love albert and the vaccines!…to me it is a big deal!

2 Sarah August 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

“green aggs and ham” hahaha never heard that, its good.

3 Gogo August 25, 2011 at 1:18 am

I’m totally like Eric. If it isn’t julian co-working with peolpe then I don’t care. πŸ˜€

4 Pat August 25, 2011 at 4:10 am

naww hes actually going fully bald πŸ™ bring back the fro
but this is super exciting

5 Mary Shea August 25, 2011 at 5:51 am

Actually, I really dig the Postelles, and I wouldn’t have heard of them if it weren’t for Albert. I also like the Vaccines, so this still interests me. Though fuck NME for that misleading headline, not that I’m altogether surprised.

6 Mykel August 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

I don’t trust any magazine article when it comes to The Strokes.

7 Micke_J August 25, 2011 at 8:23 am

This is good, real good. The Vaccines debut-album tickled me in the same way as “Is this it” it, although that kind of feeling will never be repeated. Still better then what Angles did, sometimes the original recipe ITI used = “less is more, simple is good” is all it takes. I did say this is good right?

8 Rick August 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’m not excited, but I don’t mind. The Vaccines seem like another “next big thing” band around the hipster circles, the same way the Arctic Monkeys were, and in some sense the Strokes. But thing with the Strokes is that they deserved all the hype they got, and they are much, much more original than most bands mainly due to Julian’s vocal delivery and his musical and artistic direction. Hell, the Vaccines wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for the Strokes. Anyway, Albert doing his thing is cool, and I can see him working in musical production in the future, maybe even start his own label.

9 Gimli August 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

Not sure if that was a shot at the Arctic Monkeys, but I have to say that, currently, they are a better band than the Strokes. This is coming from someone who loves the Strokes as well. First three albums were incredible; we all know that. But, the 5 year hiatus hurt the Strokes so much more than I think people realize. If you look at the Arctic Monkeys, and particularly Alex Turner, they’ve been ridiculously productive. Let’s go over Alex Turner’s production since 2006 – album in 06, album in 07, last shadow puppets album in 08, album in 09, solo movie soundtrack and 4th album in ’11. Since the Arctic Monkeys have produced so consistently in such a short time (4 albums in 5 years, not 10), you can see their music mature at a steady rate (first two albums>humbug>suck it and see). The problem with the Strokes was that when everyone came back after 5 years of not being in the band, everyone’s musical tastes had evolved differently and more importantly, separately. That’s the main reason why I think the songs on Angles don’t all fit together like a complete album. However, I still think there’s hope for Strokes V, as it’ll be their second go around with the democratic approach to making an album (which I don’t like either, but I won’t go into that). If all else fails, let’s hope for Phrazes II.

10 Skye August 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I would agree that you could call the Arctic Monkeys more productive and they’re great and I love them. But they’ll never inspire the same level of excitement for me as The Strokes even if their next album sounds like Angles II. Just a personal opinion, though.

11 Sarah August 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

This collaboration of Albert and the Vaccines could be so interesting, but they don’t talk about the music. I’m so fed up with the music magazines lately, it’s really getting poorer and annoying with their big headlines just to catch and no contents. They arrive to repulse me from information, when they talk about it like if we were morons. It’ becoming more and more like people magazines; I don’t know why they turned out badly while the music is still that good.

I know that musicians don’t like interviews but it’s so great when they’re asked good questions or when they let loose themselves. I just read this one again today and it’s so genuine with awesome quotes :

It makes me wanna just lay down, put some good music on the background, read it over and over, and appreciate how much the world of music is outstanding and touching…

Off-topic: Eric, I know you have been already asked and it’s not easy to do it, but could you please see if you can do something so that we can have registered screen names or avatars, that would be really cool. Thxs.

12 Agueda August 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

@ Pat- i like the way he keeps his hair now. it gives an older more responsible mr. albert vibe, but yet still cool and fresh.

13 Lulu August 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I disagree that Ms. Deyn was definitively referring to her relationship with Albert Hammond Jr. Ms. Deyn has a long history of rocker boyfriends.

2005 to June 8, 2008 – Josh Hubbard – Paddingtons

June 28, 2008 – Appears with Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes

April 19, 2009 – Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet

June 2009 – Miles Kane – The Rascals

And a few others along the way.

14 Lulu August 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

About the Vaccines and the Postelles, it seems the Albert Hammond Jr. is following in the footsteps of his father as a producer. He has his own studio, now has worked with two groups.

If Eric would put this video up, you will see Albert’s father, Albert Hammond producing in 1985, with Albert there. He’s the little boy in white starting at about 5.30 in the video.

YouTube Video:

I think we are going to see more and more of Albert producing and reaching out to younger bands. I cannot quickly find the original source but here’s the quote:

Nick: I think we all bring a certain sort of energy. Nikolai brings a certain sense of stoicism. Albert brings a good taste in music. What Julian brings is just obvious

Julian: What’s that? I want to hear you say it, baby

Good taste in music is his foundation, his background and his destiny. Albert may end up being the most multi-faceted Stroke.

15 Marquelle August 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I just wanted to say that the Vaccines are cool guys. All of them came out after the concert I went to (minus the singer, who I can’t say much for. Seems like a jerk.) and took pictures and talked with us for a while. Whether you like their music or not, they really are nice guys and I’m glad Albert’s doing something with them. As for the comment about Albert being multi-faceted, I totally agree. He is for sure the most level headed of the strokes, and he’s an amazing musician.

16 Cordelia August 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

That’s hilarious, those Agyness Deyn breakup dates. It does not look like she actually worried too much after she left one guy before the next if you look at the timing. I’m saying she’s a great actress in that video. Less than two weeks between Josh Hubbard and Albert Hammond Jr. Moved on pretty quick to Alex Greenwald. Hammond was probably still in rehab. So much for the stand by your man or even grieve over him. What a B-I-T-C-H-W-I-T-C-H.

I’m saying it straight out, the woman is a bitch and what she said in that video is bull#$%!.

Here’s the published report on the break up .
Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. has been shipped off to rehab!

Hammond had a massive blowout with his on-again/off-again girlfriend, model Agyness Deyn, which reportedly sent him over the deep end!

Deyn left Albert’s home in upstate NY for London Fashion Week after the couple’s argument, and Hammond spiraled down so far that his band mates checked the guitarist into rehab.


Agyness is still not sure whether or not she’ll reuinte with Albert for the 39839th time, but friends say it’s difficult for her to “deal with Albert when he’s like this.”

Deyn plans to remain in London until he “sorts himself out,” and plans to “move on” if he fails.


17 lulu August 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

Yeah, well I guess she has not finished exploiting her relationship with a member of The Strokes and she will get a nice check for promoting Doc Martens and pretending like she was crushed over some guy when in reality it looks like she never gave a flip unless things were fun and going her way.

“Next, rocker, please!” Eric, we forgive for drawing that false conclusion. After all, you are a man, too.

Here’s the rest of the article, not published. The idea that Ms. Deyn was actually grieving over the loss of her relationship with Albert is absurd. It appears she had Albert sewn up before she moved on from Josh Hubbard. It also appears Alex Greenwald was on the side when she left Albert. Honestly, men are so stupid. At least men in heat.

Less than a month since her break up with Strokes band member Albert Hammond Jr., British supermodel Agyness Deyn has been spotted out and about with a new lad.

This time it’s Phantom Planet’s lead singer Alex Greenwald.

She must have a thing for musicians!

The pair were thought to be just “pals” – yeah, right! – but they were recently caught acting more like a couple.

According to a witness, “They looked loved-up as they walked, unaware they had been clocked by photographers. When Agy saw them she looked ready to drop his hand. But she seemed happy everybody would know they were an item.”

Oh, and before Albert, Aggy was dating ANOTHER musician.

She’s the ultimate groupie!/

18 Kimdiy August 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

This is completely off topic, but since this is an active thread thought I’d ask: Is there a live stream of the Reading/Leeds festival this weekend? I’d obviously like to catch the Strokes action tomorrow and Sunday. Any info would be lovely. πŸ™‚ Thanks.

19 Dillon August 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love the vaccines, i just saw them in seattle with the arctic monkeys and it was a great show. The vaccines are one of my favorite new bands of the year. They take simple punk tradition and make catchy and good indie rock songs. Im excited to see what happens next for them, although i dont think their debut is anywhere as good as The arctic monkeys or the Strokes by a long shot. Albert working with them could be really great

and on the topic of the Arctic monkeys i will have to agree that they are a better band right now than the Strokes. The STrokes First two albums are both amazing beyond compare and both FIOE and Angles have some insanely good songs. However the strokes haven’t delivered a start to finish great album in almost ten years and the Artic Monkeys have released four within the last five years. Suck it and See is also their best yet in my opinion. The have become one of my all time favorite bands right up their with the Strokes. But they (and maybe the strokes themselves???) will never release something quite as good as IS this it w

20 alex August 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I just thought this was cool… I got an email from apple about all their back to school apple products on sale and the picture showing the iPod touch was playing “Angles”

21 denis August 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm

stop hyping julian please!
i only find interesting the song he made with the lonely island and the one he made with danger mouse , the converse song is awful ,the digitalism song is disappointed, the queens of the stone age song is a mess, the buddy holly song is just a big question mark, don’t get me wrong, i think Julian is very talented and he’s probably one of the best musicians of our generation but come on don’t be such a fan girls and appreciate the music not the person.

Nick collab with SIA in a wonderful record, he also worked with megapuss ,little joy and regina spektor; albie worked with Sean Lennon, Ben Kweller, Sammy James, Jr. and his work with the postelles was awesome. nikolai worked with nick zinner of the yeah yeah yeahs and regina spektor.

so be fair! and it makes sad that one of the admins or whatever they are call posted this : “When it comes to Strokes collaborations, I really only get excited when Julian’s involved.”

so in my opinion, Julian collabs aren’t that great compare to the other guys collabs.

22 scoflbopter August 27, 2011 at 5:24 am
23 Gogo August 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

denis @

24 Dakota81 August 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I found a link for BBC Three, if you wish to watch The Strokes at Reading
Cheers πŸ™‚

25 Tank August 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

will that link work in the US? what time do they go on EST?

Please someone answer me so I stop checking TSN every 5 mins haha

26 Dakota81 August 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

@Tank I hope it will work, I’m in Europe, but outside UK, so you’ll just have to give it a try πŸ™‚
Pulp is on now, but The Strokes and Jane’s Addiction should be next

27 Dakota81 August 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Jarvis Cocker and The Strokes performing together, too good to be true πŸ™‚

28 Tank August 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Strokes covered the cars with the guy from
Pulp, Fuckin amazing!

29 Kimdiy August 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

that was an awesome show πŸ™‚ really fun and they sounded great.

30 lulu August 28, 2011 at 8:16 am


Here’s a missed collaboration that might be interesting as well. OUt in October.

Stones Throw will have a new album out. Jonti has worked with Albert Hammond, Jr. as well.
He’s worked with Mark Ronson, Santigold, Sean Lennon, the Dap-Kings, as well as producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) and Albert Hammond Jr of the Strokes.

Here’s a reviewer’s quote:

“They have a psychedelic attitude towards R&B, or maybe they just like their psych soulful. And their acts have a pop lightness of touch, throwing breezy harmonies into the mix when you least expect. Mostly you get a sense of artists – and remember, their roster includes Madlib – almost pathologically incapable of staying still, exponents one and all of St Vitus dance-pop.”

Jonti is a perfect fit for Stones Throw. A multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and vocalist from South Africa, currently living in Australia, he amassed old vinyl with a zeal to make the Avalanches seem like barely concerned crate-diggers.

Debut album for Stones Throw, Twirligig, is an entirely self-played and self-produced affair, written and recorded under the influence of everyone from Madlib to Stereolab and Free Design.

Jonti loves cartoonist/film-maker Norman McLaren, whose animations were, Jonti explains, “complex, but still fun”.

Wherever you alight – whether it’s the mellow exotica of Nightshift in Blue or the Lewis Taylor-ish Smiley Smileyness of Koi Moon’s Daughter – you’re sure to wind up with a big grin on your face. The title track essays a new form of music – glitchy lounge – while Frightened Mice (Dots) isn’t so much clicks’n’cuts as clicks’n’cute. Begone Slumber suggests a funkadelic Free Design, 14 Passaros conjures up 1966 Brian Wilson in a sandpit with those pioneers of Warp(ed) kiddietronica, Plone, and Firework Spraying Moon is two minutes of ecstatic jauntiness. Or as it shall now be known, Jontiness.

The buzz: “Incredibly original, really unusual, and one of the most interesting things I’ve heard in a while” – Mark Ronson.

The truth: He’s a stones throw away from childlike brilliance.

Most likely to: Induce good vibrations.

Least likely to:Induce bad karma about fires.

31 D-J-S August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

vaccines suck balls

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