Video: Nikolai Fraiture Covers The Beatles’ ‘In My Life’

by Eric Van Dril · 37 comments

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1 David January 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

That was really nice!

2 Alex January 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I fucking love Nikolai.

3 the modern age January 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

Good cover! I like seeing him do different things.

4 andres January 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

he is now my favorite strokes :D ! he really wanna do other strokes album and Julian does not seem excited.

5 Mary Shea January 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Wow, I like this.

6 Maddy January 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

omfg i love this and i love him

7 Connor P. January 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

The whole time I was secretly hoping that all the sudden you’d hear drums, then it would pan over and you’d see Fab playing. Then you’d hear a couple guitars added in and it would zoom out to reveal Albert and Nick. Then Julian would come sing the last verse with him. We need a tour dammit!!!

8 drawnout January 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Rubber Soul…… what an astronomically amazing album

9 BrainDamage January 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Wow.. I am a huge fan of the strokes for years, visit this
Site many times a day and get exited from any news about them, but could you please tell me whats so special here? Sorry this is just not interesting and special, he didnt bring anything new to this great 60s beatles song. I dont get it.

10 pbandj January 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

@BrainDamage I like it specifically because he didn’t do anything “special,” unless you count the addition of the harmonica. Otherwise, he just stuck to the beautiful simplicity that makes the song so wonderful, and I like hearing it with his voice. Not everyone can cover The Beatles the way Stevie Wonder did with “We Can Work it Out.”

11 EPIC January 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Yeah, it’s clear that he’s not trying to do anything special. Did you watch the video? He basically liked the song, covered it, and since we like the Strokes, we want to see him cover it. Booom!

12 Olivia January 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

AWWW!!!! He is SO CUTE! Look at his little outfit! Who couldn’t love this?

13 BrainDamage January 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

When I write “in my life” on youtube i can hear thousands of covers like that, some are even good.
I just don’t get why would you get excited about that cover, other than the facet that he is from the strokes.
But everyone and his own judgement

14 ed January 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Fucking godawful. Just christ! Can’t play guitar, definitely can’t sing.

15 Bobby January 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I liked it alright, but covering the Beatles? Not usually a good idea, especially a song like In My Life.

16 EPIC January 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Like covering the Beatles is difficult? They’re not known to be a musically sophisticated band, so covering them isn’t like a huge feat or insult. Beatles were known for catchy, simplistic, consistent tunes. They’re no Pink Floyd or Zeppelin, so I don’t see what the big deal on covering them is. It sure as hell isn’t hard.

17 Bro January 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Beatles songs are a lot more complicated than those other bands. There’s a lot of complicated arrangements, complex chords, voice-leading, and layered accompaniment. They make new, interesting musical arrangements with catchy melodies. A lot like the Strokes.

18 William January 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

It’s decent. Nothing special. Think it’s a bit stupid that people gets all hooked just because he’s from the strokes. I think he’s pretty decent as a musician. Also in the strokes. It’s only Julian who has the giant-talent. The others are cool and stuff, but since angles it’s all been about the individuals of the strokes and it’s just become clear that the others are a lot less talented than he is. They’re not charming as a band anymore.

19 the modern age January 19, 2012 at 7:11 am

@William, You’re right in that Julian is the best musician of the 5- no question. I’m excited for Strokes V but a little more excited for Julian’s next solo record.

@EPIC, You’re right that covering the Beatles isn’t technically difficult- as long as you can capture the simplicity that makes their work beautiful. I think Nikolai did a good job of that.

20 Lani January 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

on his tumblr he wrote that the strokes haven’t started recording yet :(

still hoping for a new album this year

21 ed January 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

@EPIC

The Beatles are not a “musically sophisticated band”? Are you out of your fucking mind? Your opinion on anything is hereby disqualified due to such an ignorantly incorrect statement.

22 bouboudu92 January 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

A beautiful cover of reptilia by howie beck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWnqsKvBW2w

I love it :)

23 the modern age January 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm
24 heather January 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I’m going with what Modern Age and Olivia said. :)

25 Andrew L January 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Don’t take this too seriously, I enjoyed it and it looks like others did too. If you don’t like it, oh well, but just don’t take it too seriously, just a random cover, it’s not on the next Strokes album or anything.

26 Klarissa February 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Like a boss! :)

27 Klarissa February 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I meant Nikolai, i really don’t want nothing to do with the other people’s comments…..

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