Listen: William Shatner — “Major Tom” (Feat. Nick Valensi)

by Eric Van Dril · 37 comments

I remember when The Strokes were prepping the release for the Under Cover of Darkness 7″ and people in the comments section of this website were debating what they should choose. The Strokes eventually selected You’re So Right, but I don’t think there’s any question they should have chosen the following track because it’s so fantastic…

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1 a lot October 21, 2011 at 1:38 am

Lol? it’s shit! and the “the strokes should have chosen this” comment doesn’t even make sense? you’re losing it eric

2 Redacte..d October 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

What the hole.
I don’t know him but I guess he is not singing, he is just reading lyrics…

3 Deirg October 21, 2011 at 3:51 am

This is the greatest thing of my life… I’m literally choking I’m laughing so much! WHY did nick agree to do thisss??? HAHAHAHA 😀

4 Amber October 21, 2011 at 4:35 am

Oh yeah, b-side material for sure, heehee. I actually wouldn’t put it past them. It’s probably my geek talking but I kinda like this in all its cheesiness. I can see Nick wanting to do something way out of his normal schtick like this.

5 the modern age October 21, 2011 at 6:27 am

Fantastic doesn’t even begin to describe this. It’s hard for me to picture bad ass Nick playing this lol. I would love to see a clip of Nick talking about this experience…

Eric, thanks for the video. I’ve seen that one before, but watched it again just b/c it was there. When Julian talks about his son crying I think Brian Williams was expecting him to say how it breaks his heart to see his child in misery. It’s funny that Julian then descibed it as “so cute” instead haha.

6 tyler October 21, 2011 at 6:34 am

Why did you post this…..

7 pbandj October 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

@a lot I’m pretty sure Eric was joking. I think the guitar is the only redeeming part of the song. I actually like the original and The Shiny Toy Guns version that was in a car commercial is awesome.

8 Julie October 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

Funny how reporters like to twist things. I never saw that interview Eric but Julian actually mentions these guys in it. I hope they work together since his side projects are usually pretty cool.

9 Julie October 21, 2011 at 7:09 am

and the William Shatner thing sucks.

10 s October 21, 2011 at 7:29 am


thank you eric.
this is fucking brilliant.

fresh as fuck!

11 EPIC October 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

This is pretty hilarious and cheesy. I don’t think a lot of people commenting realize that William Shatner is an actor (more comedic) who was the face of Star Strek at one point. So I hope this brings in some geeks on the Strokes wagon.

12 jeommp October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I know it’s supposed to be funny, but I think it’s so annoying and awful… However, I like what EPIC said that maybe it’ll bring in a new crowd. Eric, what an interesting post you have here.

13 sunstroke_house October 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm


14 SharonGuitar500 October 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hmmm, perhaps Nick should get his brain checked, apparently something inside it broke along with his foot XD This is so stupid, lol. Seriously, I’m writing this as I listen and I can’t stop laughing because it’s so bad 😛

15 connor pierce October 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

At least it’s not as bad as “Lulu”! Funny, William Shatner has surpassed Lou Reed and Metallica on the respectable musician food chain.

16 Lynn Wiberg October 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Connor is right on. This is miles ahead of Lulu.

17 the modern age October 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

@connor and Lynn, LOL you’re right!

18 FrenchConnection October 22, 2011 at 4:34 am
19 pbandj October 22, 2011 at 8:38 am

@FrenchConnection Could not sound more like The Strokes, but I think that’s a good thing. The Vaccines are awesome!

20 jeommp October 24, 2011 at 8:16 am

@Connor 🙂

@the modern age, I thought that was funny too. He has a different sense of humor doesn’t he?

21 Julie October 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

@Eric can you please post something new here? this is a really boring post

22 JOSH October 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm


23 saywhat October 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Maybe when something worthwhile happens he will…

24 Eric October 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

@Julie @JOSH There’s nothing happening right now. Albert went to some movie premiere, but who really cares?

They’re playing Argentina and Brazil on 11/4 and 11/5. I’ll have video from that and write something about how to watch the live stream.

25 Julie October 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

@Eric, a live stream?! that’s so exciting!! ok, i guess i can wait then.

26 Sarah October 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Seriously and eagerly missing the Strokes… can’t wait for the two last streams… what are we going to do after that?

27 dave October 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

this is unrelated (that video is hilarious though) but…

does anyone know where i can find a guitar tab for the solo in Nickel Eye’s “Brandy of the Damned?” its such a sick solo but i’m not good enough to figure out how to play it by myself haha

28 the modern age October 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

@Sarah, I understand 🙁

@dave, Did you try google? I found a lot of guitar tab for Julian’s solo stuff that people posted in random places.

29 a lot October 27, 2011 at 12:43 am

Post something new Eric!!!!!

30 Mateja October 27, 2011 at 6:31 am

I don’t think the Personal Fest show will be streamed for everyone. I think it will be just for the clients of that phone company.

Is more probably that the Brazil gig will be broadcasted. Terra is a web that used to stream some concerts, like Rock in Rio a few weeks ago.

31 Mateja October 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hey! Check this out..

There are some entire TS concerts that i had never seen before. All the uploads are of the last two months , so i guess a many people hadn’t seen it either

32 the modern age October 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

@Mateja, Thanks that’s really cool! I can get my fix with these since they’ll probably be off the grid for a while after next weekend.

33 Eric Van Dril October 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

@Mateja — Thank you so much!

34 get it right October 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

just wondering what other people though (ive been wondering for a while). Why was their second single put out without much care? their first single seemed to get more attention from the bandmates. Just wondering

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