Arctic Monkeys Cover The Strokes' 'Is This It': Watch

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Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs at Coca-Cola Roxy on June 19, 2018 in Atlanta.

You can't say Alex Turner didn't warn you. It's right there in the first line of "Star Treatment" from the Arctic Monkeys' latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, where he sings, "I just wanted to be one of The Strokes." How badly?

Well, on Tuesday night (July 24) Turner paid homage to his favorite early aughts New York band near the end of the Monkeys' show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, N.Y. by busting out a cover of The Strokes' 2001 breakthrough hit "Is This Is."

As noted by Stereogum, Turner, sporting his nearly shorn hairdo, told the crowd, "We couldn't think of a tennis song, so we're gonna try this," alluding to the venue's former status as home of the U.S. Open. It's not the first time Turner and co. have taken on a Strokes track (previous covers include "Reptilia" and "Take It Or Leave It") and it's just one of the many times the singer has professed his love for Julian Casablancas and the gang. 

"I remember I used to play ["Is This It"] in college all the time, when our band was first starting. Loads of people were into them, so loads of bands coming out sounded like them. And I remember consciously trying not to sound like the Strokes, deliberately taking bits out of songs that sounded too much like them, but I still loved that album," Turner told NME in 2011. “As much as they probably hate hearing this as well, they were the band that encouraged me to rip the knees of my jeans and write on them in marker pen. I wrote on them in red ink, ‘I’ve got soul and I’m superbad.'"

Turner, dressed in cream-colored pants and a matching shirt with black accents, gave "Is This It" his own unique spin, slowing down the already brooding song and giving it a lounge-y feel.

Watch the cover below.



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