Sugarcubes Forever wrote:The Strokes are an OK band. Entertaining.
The White Stripes were a GREAT band. And 20 years from now it will be The White Stripes that people look back on as one of the few really great bands to come out of the aughts.
You're probably right, the White Stripes will be the band that stands the test of time, while the Strokes will be more of a footnote, albeit a really rocking one.
Nobody is a bigger White Stripes fan than me, but the Strokes made the rock re-emergence local for us New Yorkers. I had already been into the White Stripes when the Strokes hit, and while I was totally sold on that first album it was so much more polished than the WS and didn't immediately grab me... then 9/11 hit and their show that night was cancelled, then re-scheduled, and somehow the whole thing took on some cultural significance - they were a NY band, and the first one to play again after the whole town was on lockdown.
Then, a few months later they played a double bill with the WS at Radio City Music Hall, and damn if they weren't the better band that night.
Anyway, there were days when I thought Jack White had more talent in his pinky finger than the whole of the Strokes, and it may well be true, but that's one big pinky to be compared to. If I had to compare the Strokes to any old rock band, rather than Gang of Four it would be Television... a phenomenal debut album followed by a sophomore album that could never do anything but pale in comparison. As the years go by and one listens to either second album, you'll realize how awesome that one is too and wonder how people missed it. The Strokes even have a killer third album, IMHO.
Did the Strokes break up, BTW?