Written by Julian Casablancas in Rolling Stone:
(Link via Mary Shea.)
More about The Strokes and VU after the jump.
Julian speaking glowingly about Reed and the Velvets is nothing new, but it’s the first time in Rolling Stone. In the following 2001 feature story in Juice Magazine, Julian recounts the time he saw Blow with Albert but then Lou Reed sat next to him and Julian, as the Lonely Island guys say, jizzed in his pants.
“Recently at the movies in New York, Lou Reed was there in the line and I was really freaked out that I was right next to him – Lou Reed! I couldn’t help myself, I just had to go, ‘Hey, I’m just a huge fan, and I know you get this all the time,’ and he didn’t look amused at all,” he offers. E ‘Just out of curiosity I said, ‘Have you ever heard of a band called The Strokes?’ – this was only about six months ago – and he just looked at me and said, ‘No,’ really grumpy and short.
“It was really crowded in the movie theatre, and I was with Albert,” he continues. “We just went right down the front and started watching the movie. After about five minutes, I turned my head and there’s Lou Reed sitting right next to me – in the seat next to me. I don’t think I paid a second’s attention to what happened on the screen. We were going to see Blow, that Johnny Depp film, and I don’t remember any of it.
“All I remember thinking for an hour and a half: ‘Man, that’s Lou Reed’”