Julian Casablancas Just Wants To Say Hey

by Eric Van Dril · 50 comments

This isn’t news, you know, but I think it’s hilarious. Here’s Julian after doing a Guardian photo shoot.

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1 the modern age January 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hahaha!!! This does not surprise me.

2 drawnout January 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

im a big fan of the middle finger….. Julian Casablancas and I clearly have that in common

3 theirlegacy January 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

who’s that woman?

4 Coconut January 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Holly shit hahaha!lol at Albert trying not to look at the camera haha!and who’s that girl?

5 Bird Turd January 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

it looks like they’re having a good time…awesome

6 pbandj January 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Ha ha! Reminds me of this thing I saw on tumblr. Julian’s doing what I do when someone who I’ve never talked to before asks me for a piece of gum: http://pleated-jeans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/when-someone-youve-never-talked-to-before-asks-you-for-a-piece-of-gum.gif

Also, pretty sure the woman is Julian’s wife, Juliet, but I could be wrong.

7 heather January 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Ahahahahaha! #WIN!!!

8 shadey January 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

yes, wonderful!

9 the modern age January 27, 2012 at 7:22 am

Nikolai Fraiture @N_Fraiture
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“@TheStrokesAr All Strokes fans want to know : will you record your fifth album or are you working to solo projects?” 5th album!!!

I don’t put too much faith in what they say since their plans seem to change all the time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next record didn’t come out until mid-2013- but I hope I’m wrong! Maybe the longer they work on it the better it will be.

@pbandj, That’s a funny clip. And I also think that’s probably Mrs. C in the picture. She’s so pretty.

10 Tannk January 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

The Strokes is just one band that has a hired writer — JP Bowersock. Since he is acknowledged in their record sleeves, Bowersock is what the industry calls a professional songwriter. Still, other artists employ “ghostwriters” instead.

This is such bullshit

11 heather January 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

A “hired writer”? WTF? Where does this dude get off just blatantly spreading this BS?

12 Skye January 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Love this picture! But I don’t think that looks like Juliet… Could be wrong though.

13 the modern age January 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Every artist/band has “people”. This dude is a collaborator who has worked with them since the ITI days.


14 William January 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

That is such bull fucking shit. It says All words and music by JC. He is credited as a guru because he taught nick, albert and julian playing the guitar. And he probably helped a bit with JC’s solos but saying that he is a writer because he gave some advises are fucking stupid. Can’t believe how unfair and ridiculous it is to try and take away julians honor. I really don’t hope this is getting big news cause it’s fucking sicking me

15 Mateja January 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I was the only who’s never seen this before? Only JC and Valensi in stage, playing Ask me anything



16 heather January 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

That’s true modern age. Im just not comfortable with the Strokes being included in articles about ghostwriters. It can be misconstrued by people. Being a guru, or as you say,collaborator, is one thing.Calling someone a hired writer is another and taking it a bit
too far.

17 pbandj January 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

@Tannk I stopped reading once I saw “Rihanna.” Any article that mentions both The Strokes and Rihanna in the same context should automatically be classified as bullshit. I did read the comments, however, and all but one were just people tearing apart the writer for being so wrong. Pretty funny!

@Mateja Thanks for the link! That’s the first video I’ve seen of “Ask Me Anything” where you can actually see Nick playing the keyboard. Jules’s voice sounds good, too, and I love his awkward rocking back and forth!

18 get it right January 29, 2012 at 2:48 am

hey, does anyone know if the strokes tour diary are still around? havent been able to find it since the new site and wanted to read it again.

19 H January 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

Nah she doesn’t look anything like Juliet. Perhaps one of the assts?

Julian made it on Esquire’s rockstar hair 2011 lol: http://www.esquire.com/the-side/style-guides/rockstar-hair-2011-061311#slide-1

20 H January 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

Also a bit of fun: Julian Casablancas and The strokes are staple music choices in wikihow’s How to Dress Like an Indie Hipster: http://m.wikihow.com/Dress-Like-an-Indie-Hipster

21 Mateja January 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I had seen Eddie Vedder and Josh Homme with TS, Eddie with QOTSA and Josh with PJ. But I never knew about the existance of this vid. It’s JC with QOTSA doing Sick Sick Sick.


22 heather January 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

Why is it that when you type in ‘Julian Casablancas Tumblr’, every last one of the sites that comes up in the search for him leads you to another site when you click on the link? That is very strange. Is that happening for anyone else?

23 Mateja January 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm


Vote for TS in the Best International Band category

24 Carlos Beltran January 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Does anybody know the name of Albert Hammond Jrs Studio in LA is?

25 joe January 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

speaking of jp, i saw him today in china town. he’s a lot taller than i thought.

26 Bernardo R. January 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Hey guys, I remember quite sometime ago,( I believe the website was still Ripcordnews at the time) Eric made a post that had a bunch of songs that sounded like Strokes’ songs. Well anyone care to throw come around?
1.Barry Manilow-Mandy (Chrous) =The Strokes Razorblade (Chrous)
2.Tom Petty- American Girl (Intro)-=The Strokes Last Nite
3.Henry Manicini- Petergunn = Juicebox (Intro)


27 hello January 31, 2012 at 3:35 am

http://www.nme.com/awardsvote , VOTE FOR THE STROKES. GO GO.

28 the modern age January 31, 2012 at 8:29 am

@Bernardo R., I never noticed the “Petergunn” and “Mandy” similarities- that’s so funny! I don’t know whether or not those two were intentional, but (and I know we all know this) Julian did admit to stealing “American Girl”. “Barely Legal” is The Velvet Underground’s “Waiting For My Man” and he’s admitted to stealing from The Cure as well. I think it’s hilarious that someone so talented “borrowed” material like that and got away with it.

29 Bernardo R. January 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

I never noticed the Velvet Underground one!
But there’s also people that rip off The Strokes,
Listen to Pretty Little Mess by The Young Lords, its like a mix between Hard to Explain and Barely Legal!

30 the modern age January 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

I can hear it! Where did you find that one?

31 get it right January 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

tour diary???????????

32 say whay February 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Anyone try going on the official site lately? When I go on it says “new website coming soon” and lets you listen to Angles in its entirety. Not sure if it’s a bug from when they were working on the most recent shitty “new” website or if they’re actually redesigning it again.

33 William February 2, 2012 at 3:19 am

SOOOOO many people steals from julian (aka the strokes) Just listen to Howler – walling (making out)
That’s so barely legal! 🙂

34 Louis February 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Not to mention the theme from Starman (1984) with the chorus of Electricityscape.

35 Darth Vader February 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

@Bernardo: It’s so true! Lol the video even begins with a car peeling out like the Hard to Explain video. That’s pretty shameless. Still a good tune though :p

36 Michelle and Pie February 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

haha oh julian
the definition of awesome

37 Mot February 5, 2012 at 8:10 am
38 Annie 1251 March 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Does anyone know if this Guardian picture of Jules (middle finger picture) was taken in January 2012? I am hoping it was – that might be a good sign – Strokes looking happy together this year…..PLEEZ SAY YES!

39 Nob23 June 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

Yoyo! – That grooves – just like anything, they do!

If you don’t like The Strokes, we just can’t be friends.

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