Video: Albert Hammond Jr., Converse Tour Guide

by Eric Van Dril · 27 comments

Albert and Gus Oberg take you through Converse’s new Rubber Track Studios in this five-minute video.

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1 Ina July 27, 2012 at 7:24 am

It would’ve been cooler if it were the whole Strokes.

2 ro July 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

Good video..Albert looks so cute,really looking good

3 Choco July 28, 2012 at 2:20 am

That place is so rad!!! And Albert’s so hilarious…
And @ro I agree Albert’s looking mighty fine!

4 Annie 1251 July 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

I think Albert was such a charming tour guide!

5 Annie 1251 July 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm
6 Alan July 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

I wonder how much $$$ he got for this!

7 Pythia July 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

wonder how much time these two spend apart, if any

8 Annie 1251 July 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’m posting this on both threads ‘kuz it’s that witty…..

9 the modern age July 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

Albert seems like he’d be really fun to hang out with! It’s too bad Julian doesn’t do anything like that.

Annie I like your twitter thing!

10 LillySu July 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

@Annie 1251
Haha! Crazy fuck! Of course! And how Albert on his twitter hurried to corrected he’s not 5’1 but 6’1. Men are so obsessed with their hight. Annie, I didn’t get to post about this tweet, but I was so overjoyed with it. 🙂 We clicked once again.

11 heather July 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Albert looks hot. Just sayin’!

12 Leaving Just In Time July 30, 2012 at 12:59 am

The Strokes live 2003 album that wasn’t…why WASN’T it? The ripcord recordings are phenomenal!

13 LillySu July 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

@Leaving Just In Time
This Reptilia is fantastic. Thany!
There’s a lot of Strokes things on this site. Who is interested…

14 LillySu July 30, 2012 at 2:02 am


15 Annie 1251 July 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

A few random things:

Ok – this is so silly…but funny….
Did anyone see Titanic?

I learned (during the Olympics) that the original poster of this was from World War II:
See – Strokes Trivia can be educational!

This is from a special birthday party Juliet planned for Julian at a Mets Game –
Fab and Albert, LOL!!!!
There is also a picture from that day where his name was in lights outside of the stadium. I can’t find it now!

I like this – I’d really love to Thank him…..

16 Annie 1251 July 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Albert talking about playing MSG last year – all their parent were there! Awwwww! 🙂

Q: somebody was saying that thats the first time that everybody’s parents were at a Strokes gig in quite some time

Albert: thats the first time that I hitnk everybody’s parents were together since.. I celebrated my 21st bithday with everyone’s parents (laughs). When we were doing Is This It, at the finishing of recording of Is This It. It’s just something about MSG that’s kind of like a staple, like “You made it, you’re playing MSG.”…It was crazy to me, I just remember getting on stage, and it was all dark, people were yelling and we started “Is This It” and I got goosebumps and then Elvis Costello was there and then I was home.

17 Annie 1251 July 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

@Leaving Just In Time
Holy Crap!!! I just clicked on your Reptilia – I SWEAR I got goosebumps when the music started!!

What does this comment mean?:

“Band manager Ryan Gentles said that the live album never happened because the recordings ended up sounding like a really good bootleg. I agree completely. ”

**Who freaking cares if it sounds like someone recorded it on their phone – that version is AMAZING!!
I would buy that version!
If they would only sell some of their live stuff!!

18 Annie 1251 July 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I am posting LillySu’s Julian photo here from the other thread –
does anyone have any idea if this is recent?

He is in a T-shirt – could we get our hopes up that it is really new? He looks thin!
This one is from March – does it look similar? Why can’t people freaking put a date on these photos? Lol!

19 Leaving Just In Time July 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

@Anne 1251
Check out all the ripcord recordings from the Alexandria –12:51, What Ever Happened, etc. They’re all amazing! I would’ve loved a live album, too.

20 LillySu July 31, 2012 at 3:38 am

@Annie & Leaving Just In Time
I have downloaded the whole Alexandra Palace, London (Dec 06 2003) concert and have listened it few times. They are good, very good, but all the songs are so fast paced. Like they are hurring somewhere and have to finish it on time. I actually have a problem with Under control being so fast. Compare that one…
And this one from Coachella 2011…
The second one is so much more emotional and shit, don’t you think so?

21 LillySu July 31, 2012 at 6:11 am

I just stumbled on this Julian’s pic…

22 Annie 1251 July 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Look what Albert just posted on Twitter!! 🙂

Albert Hammond, Jr. ‏@alberthammondjr
“@ariannam_: @alberthammondjr are you guys thinking on going on a world tour when the new album comes out?” We do for every record
Reply Retweet Favorite

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

23 Annie 1251 July 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

**I meant “put on” Twitter – I just lost my head!

24 Annie 1251 July 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm
25 Annie 1251 July 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I just listened to both Under Control versions – totally, definitely Cochella was way, way better!
so sensual – so beautiful – so moving! I loved that it was in black and white-ish – just made it that much more special. And I liked that each guy got a nice close up.
Here’s a couple of my favorite posts:

this song is so blissful and julian’s voice fits like a glove. i LOVE it.

Julian doesn’t have to strain his voice to sound lovely…
I love these natural smooth vocals as much as his raspy singing.

Fabrizio is always smiling! 🙂

It’s amazing how The Strokes pull of their songs with a sort of careless slacker vibe, as if it doesn’t really take much thought or effort to write the songs, and yet they’re really so well constructed, the lyrics and melodies, the arrangement, they’re such great songs. This one has a nice sort of “soul” hark-back.

26 Annie 1251 July 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

@Modern Age & Errrybody
I was just looking through the posts here and saw yours – and it got me thinking.
What is something that Julian could do (comfortably) similar to this? and I thought of two things:

1) When he interviewed the guys from the Doors -he was so much more comfortable on the OTHER side of the mike, lol!

2) Anything with sports. He is so much more into sports than I originally thought. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – just sayin’!

Did you ever see this interview from 2006 he did about the Mets?

I think if he did a tour of Citi Field he would be talking everyone’s head off!

27 Lenny August 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Hi everyone….need help and admit it’s a bit of a long shot !
My mate met his future wife at the gig in London’s Alexandra Palace in December 2003.
We’re trying to get our hands on the gig poster of that night to get it framed as a wedding gift.
Could anyone help ?

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