The underlying themes of 15 Minutes and FIOE

Jul 28

The underlying themes of 15 Minutes and FIOE

Posted by YouOnlyLiveTwice on

Obviously the song 15 Minutes is an homage to Andy Warhol, and a self-reflectional piece. Andy Warhol once said, "Everyone, in some point in their life, has 15 minutes of fame." Well for the Strokes, they lived their 15 minutes through their debut Is This It, and boy, did the backlash come quick.
By the time their second album came out their status as rock saviors was practically dead. And we all know that First Impressions did little to boost their status. It's almost as if the Strokes deliberately made First Impressions the way it is so they would not become popular again.
If you listen to the lyrics of 15 minutes you'll hear Julian sing, "It was all just a dream. Oh how I wish it was real." So this gives us a clue that the title of the album has a deeper meaning. No longer are the Strokes sleeping in a dream of rock n roll excess, glamor, and exuberance. They have awoken to the realization that they are five intelligent and humble musicians of great caliber. So First Impressions of Earth may mean that it's their first steps into a real world, their world. This may explain why the song is sung quite awfully. His voice may not seem so pretty, but it is all Julian's. And this may also explain why Julian drooped the booze.
The fact that Julian decided to step away from the fuzz box and explore the realms of his real voice on First Impressions is another clue that suggest the Strokes wanted to step into their real world, into their own time. This may explain why they dropped Gordan Raphael for a guy who can produce a polished, loud, and most importantly relevant sound. With First Impressions, the Strokes no longer sound like a band from the 70's. Instead, they sound like a band from the future, that still oddly sounds quite nostalgic.
First Impressions of Earth consists of so many themes, meanings, ideas, that it calls for major introspection. All of this leads me to believe that it's the Strokes most accomplished album. It is certainly my favorite album of all time.

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You think Julian or anyone else in the Strokes actually give a fuck about being famous? They dont give a fuck about that shit. They hate the media more than anything.
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i love first impressions of earth with my whole heart. i just like how every part fits together, and i sort of feel like i wrote it a little, except i know i can't write as well. i know it's cool to have metephors and allusions to other things in lyrics,but i really think we take away from it when we analyze the shit out of something beautiful. every line doesn't neccesarily mean something, it's not a big cryptic puzzle, it's just sort of there because maybe one word or phrase can be the nuance that colours the feel or sound or atmosphere and makes it an individual, like something that happned once and won't happen again, or something, i don't know.
anyway yeah i love this album too but if it was huge we'd probably all be bitching about how everyone's suddenly jumping on the bandwagon when we've been in love since 2001, like the hipsters we are.

AMEN!

This my favorite album by them and I think their 4th is ging to be amazing.

[quote="YouOnlyLiveTwice"]Obviously the song 15 Minutes is an homage to Andy Warhol, and a self-reflectional piece. Andy Warhol once said, "Everyone, in some point in their life, has 15 minutes of fame." Well for the Strokes, they lived their 15 minutes through their debut Is This It, and boy, did the backlash come quick.
By the time their second album came out their status as rock saviors was practically dead. And we all know that First Impressions did little to boost their status. It's almost as if the Strokes deliberately made First Impressions the way it is so they would not become popular again.
If you listen to the lyrics of 15 minutes you'll hear Julian sing, "It was all just a dream. Oh how I wish it was real." So this gives us a clue that the title of the album has a deeper meaning. No longer are the Strokes sleeping in a dream of rock n roll excess, glamor, and exuberance. They have awoken to the realization that they are five intelligent and humble musicians of great caliber. So First Impressions of Earth may mean that it's their first steps into a real world, their world. This may explain why the song is sung quite awfully. His voice may not seem so pretty, but it is all Julian's. And this may also explain why Julian drooped the booze.
The fact that Julian decided to step away from the fuzz box and explore the realms of his real voice on First Impressions is another clue that suggest the Strokes wanted to step into their real world, into their own time. This may explain why they dropped Gordan Raphael for a guy who can produce a polished, loud, and most importantly relevant sound. With First Impressions, the Strokes no longer sound like a band from the 70's. Instead, they sound like a band from the future, that still oddly sounds quite nostalgic.
First Impressions of Earth consists of so many themes, meanings, ideas, that it calls for major introspection. All of this leads me to believe that it's the Strokes most accomplished album. It is certainly my favorite album of all time.[/quote]
Nice explaination! I couldn't have said it better...

Could not have said it better my self.

man you guys are so right
i agree with this i hate how people say they should go back to their old style, the strokes have grown into something great it couldnt always be like is this it and they couldnt have taken their music in any better direction i cant wait for the fourth album im sure it'll be great too

Man, I am so glad someone else has seen the glory of First Impressions of Earth like I have. It is, in every way, one of the most accomplished albums I have ever heard. The musical arrangement qualities of this album far surpass not just their own previous records but also pretty much every record released in this century. As far as just pure music goes, this is a landmark in musical arrangements. The lyrics just add to the experience. Let me explain: The mere fact that the Strokes have almost perfectly stuck to their simple "5 parts" formula yet produce such a huge sound shows how advanced their songwriting capabilities are. Using less instruments requires much more attention to detail and knowledge of how to compliment one musical part with another. This album has been the culmination of everything they have done so far in their career. It deeply saddens me that high profile reviews such as Rolling Stone and even the iTunes review give this album average ratings. They go as far to say that songs like Ask Me Anything and 15 minutes are failures when they are two of the deepest songs on the album. On top of that, even most of the Strokes own fans have claimed that First Impressions of Earth is their worst album and that return to their "old style" is needed. It is very hard for me to understand that people who listen to music and talk about it for their job and people that have stuck by the Strokes for several years would be so blind as to see the value of this album...

hmmm... that is a good interpretation. maybe one day julian will post what he was thinking at the time he wrote this song and others. i can't wait to go see them in concert again 8-)

[quote][/quote]If you listen to the lyrics of 15 minutes you'll hear Julian sing, "It was all just a dream. Oh how I wish it was real." So this gives us a clue that the title of the album has a deeper meaning. No longer are the Strokes sleeping in a dream of rock n roll excess, glamor, and exuberance.[quote][/quote]

You think Julian or anyone else in the Strokes actually give a fuck about being famous? They dont give a fuck about that shit. They hate the media more than anything.

Wow! i didnt know all that! to me it felt like 15 minutes was a form of nostalgia for being in front of an audience so as to get a comparison from the listener "the audience" to the demonstrator "the singer".

it was like sketching but with music. :geek:

also the andy warhol quote really was an excellent! discovery on your behalf.