Video: The Strokes “Life Is Simple In The Moonlight” on ‘Saturday Night Live’

by Eric Van Dril · 146 comments

Does anybody think this isn’t one of The Strokes’ best songs ever?

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1 Paul March 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Band’s albums always leak a few weeks before its actual release. I wouldnt be suprised if this one leaked pretty soon

2 TSNS March 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yeah, I am also surprised that it hasn’t leaked yet.
But once more album reviews start coming in, then I think the leak will be imminent.

3 clare March 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Excited to hear that there might be two bonus tracks – if this leak is for real!
Couldn’t agree more with T-Rav though it’s probably fair to say that most people on this are obsessed enough to buy it anyway. A small part of me is tempted to hold out, as at this stage it’s not too much longer, i guess. Yet i totally agree with Patrick – they’re driving us mental and such a long lead-in is asking for a leak. It’s pretty amazing it hasn’t happened before now – if this is one.

4 clare March 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

A part of me feels sorry for them that their surprise of the bonus tracks may be ruined. I love how they make an effort to keep things exciting for fans and they’ve kept things -slowly- building over the past few weeks. My bet is that Nick and Fab will also join twitter before the release!

5 patrick March 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I really wouldnt believe that there is two bonus tracks just yet…hold your horses madamme, or you may end up dissapointed.

6 Mandingo March 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Anyone notice Julian say “Fuck it!” at the end of UCOD on national tv. Rad.

7 Toni March 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Tell me why this just broke into my top three favorites ever? And Jules started whistling on UCOD like I always do haha

8 james March 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

the thing on soulseek is fake. i grabbed a machu picchu file at the same size/bitrate as the guy who is sharing it with the two bonus tracks. it’s some metal shit by Adekarset. boo.

9 dirtybriches March 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

@thesolohaters…I think the solo was cool. I mean whats wrong or bad about “wandering around the scales” .what else is he suppose to do? pull some ancient indiana jones chinese fireball melody with scales from zesus himself? get out of here. who was on SNL last night? The Strokes, not you.

10 Trevor March 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

@Patrick @Bobby
Imo, the solo on Life is Simple couldn’t have been any better. It fit the song perfectly with its slow entrance to the climatic buildup where it just takes you off the ground, and then brings you back again. 100% pure emotion. I play guitar too, and to me, the best solos are not the most complex ones. You Talk Way Too Much, one of my favorite songs from the Strokes, has that amazing, interesting 30 second solo, and its not the hardest to recreate, but its so good because of what it adds to the song. I feel like The Strokes have the best solos of any band i listen to (thats saying quite a bit) and if all of a sudden they went on some 5 minute intricate solo, i’d be really dissappointed. They don’t need to prove they can play, everyone here knows that.

11 clare March 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Ok, i never thought i’d say this but i’m kind of happy that it hasn’t leaked. No disappointment about the FAKE bonus tracks!! 😉

12 TB March 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

common guys, update from

i’ve got a face value floor reserved seating strokes ticket to the first person who gets me that album.

13 neftali March 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Anyone know whats going on with the synth background? any speculations on who’s controlling it?
Perhaps pedal loop? I am so glad they don’t have some random person playing keys in the background.

14 clare March 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Actually that reminds me didn’t they say in an interview with Zane Lowe (for RoF) that they keep their weirdy space jams for fun on the road?! I hope he doesn’t embrace that wanky guitar-god mode Patrick was talking about with the les paul. I hate that shit. Though I sent my friend the SNL clips and his only comment on the whole performance was “Nick looks horny for his guitar”.. he’s not much of a fan!

15 A hater March 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I thought the solo was good and fit well with the song, but I also recognize people’s right to dislike it and voice their opinion. So what if they were on Saturday Night Live? I wasn’t aware they were going on the show to have everyone kiss their asses and eat up any old turd they laid (not that they laid any turds). When you choose to put yourself on a national stage you have to expect that maybe a few people will dislike one or two things about your performance. I’ve come to really enjoy this site, because there aren’t too many people who are unwilling to accept an opinion (although there are still plenty). I’ve crapped on ‘You’re So Right’ plenty of times and luckily people have been kind enough to either agree to disagree or not go off on me for my lack of Strokes worship. So stop hating the haters, unless you’re a part of the band your opinion is just as valid (or more like non-valid as everyone else’s)

16 clare March 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Yeah i’d also like to know how there’s a faint harmony line when it seems like none of the other members sang last night?

17 Martin March 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

@theprosolos I think he was saying that this solo’s are too intricate, like wanking the fretboard, Eric clapton-shreding and stuff. (I believe the technique in guitar world is called scale-masturbation) and not like the old simple melodic singable solos that they used to make.
That is what he was saying, i think. In my opinion they are still good, but the ones you could actually sing along too weere cooler. (Sorry for the bad-english)

18 Tobz March 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

@clare True there’s a point where I hear someone singing with julian….Hearing the song again to find the part….

It’s at 1:13 minute into the song, during the chorus when they go “you never”…I think.

19 Toni March 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

thank god for the download I have been listening like a hundred times! IM so glad they played my fav song! Jules has good taste aha

20 clare March 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Yeah it’s around 1.08.. if i could make out the lyrics, it’s just before he goes into “Don’t try to stop us”. It’s almost like he splits his voice. Sounds cool anyway. But he didn’t try it for UCoD, i don’t think.

21 SharonGuitar500 March 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

@Patrick: Guitar is my instrument too, but I’ve liked the solos. The Strokes have never had complicated or flashy solos. Most of them are pretty simple. It’s actually one of the things I love so much about them, that they manage to make those simple notes sound amazing. And they’re still doing it.

22 AunomdelaFrance March 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I would like to give all credits to people who write a comments before, they’re absolutly right, but will they play Killing Lies again ?

23 Tobz March 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

@AunomdelaFrance I don’t think so, + now they will have more songs to play live so you can imagine how slim the chances are that they play killing lies

24 Giorgi T March 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Given the lyrics hard not to think this one isn’t about the bands struggles to record a new album

25 Paul March 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

For those who are wondering how the synth is playing and how their could be that little harmony with Julian’s singing during the live performance its this: backtracks. I’ve done this with my band. They each had their in ear moniters in so they could hear not only the other band mates instruments, but also a click track that they play along with which has certain sound effects and such programmed to pop up at the correct time in the song. I hope that makes a little sense. I dont wanna go into a ton of detail cuz im lazy but basicly that is it. Most bands on stage use these if there are extra sounds they want to play during their live sets.

26 Tobz March 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

@Giorgi T haha this song is obviously not about the band’s struggle to record a new album

27 Stephanie March 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Does anyne know where can I find the lyrics to the song? I can’t completely understand it ):

28 Leezak March 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

@ Stephanie

Check the previous comments! Some dude tried to write the most of it down.. seems to be pretty correct!

Great lyrics btw.. from what you can hear 🙂

29 Bobby March 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Trevor, I agree with almost everything you posted. I also play guitar and You Talk Way Too Much is also one of my favorite songs by the Strokes, including that great little solo. That is actually one of my favorite riffs the band has ever done. Less is more with most music, IMO, and the Strokes solos are incredible for the most part. Short, basic but interesting, catchy as hell, etc. I’m just not a fan of the solo in Life is Simple, but maybe it’ll sound a little better on the album.

30 jose March 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Ahhh I can’t wait to see them again at sxsw next Thursday!

31 Mick March 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Holy shit. When I heard this last night for the first time I teared up. This is pure old school strokes. Although it does not sound like there are many more tunes on the album like this one, this one is already an instant classic. I cannot freaking wait to see them in New Orleans in May!!!!!!!! Julian’s voice sounds great. Albert looks great and is having a great time. Fab, as usual is on his game. The saviours are back and ready to reclaim their title as the heavyweight champions of rock and roll!!

32 Bob March 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Is anyone else getting a Joy Division vibe from the chorus?

33 C March 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

@Bob — I never would have placed it, but now that you mention it, and considering Albert tweeted “Love Will Tear Us Apart” lyrics today, yeah, I do hear a similarity (right down to the synths). Good ear!

34 A hater March 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Sorry Mick, while I like this song, I don’t see what you mean about it being “old school Strokes”. You’re telling me this song wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb on Is This It?

35 Matt March 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I could see this as a song that would be on ROOM ON FIRE instead of IS THIS IT

36 T-Rav March 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Just to let everyone know, the soulseek leak is a bust! Don’t download from someone with the name a1b2c3d4e5 or something like that, it’s just some bullshit hard rock bands songs. SO PISSED RIGHT NOW

37 jeremy March 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

hey, does anyone know how Jules gets that subtle distortion effect on his voice?

I’m recording a CD and i absolutely love the warmth it gives to the mix, I’d really like to know…

38 a1b2c3d4e5 or something like that March 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

What? You didn’t like my torrent? Although, I’m pretty sure people on here have already broken this story (that the torrent is fake)… so some demerits for not looking into it at all before hand.

39 Matt March 7, 2011 at 12:38 am – says something about a leak. do any of you people use TWITTER?? cuz I don’t. someone should ask him for a link and get it too the rest of us who can’t wait any longer for this CD!!!!

40 Brian March 7, 2011 at 12:40 am

I know it’s out somewhere cuz a few people have said they have it already. people need to be friendly and post a link

41 Stephanie March 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thanks! Awesome lyrics (:

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(imported the song, but couldnt find the musica enhacement option under music properties, or any properties at all )

43 Lou February 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

Yes. The best song!

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