The underlying themes of 15 Minutes and FIOE
The underlying themes of 15 Minutes and FIOEPosted by YouOnlyLiveTwice on July 28, 2008 at 11:54 pm
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.