Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Seen Your Video: Julian Casablancas Makes Me Like Christmas Cover Songs

I know, it's super crazy to believe but yup, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas did seriously rock a goofy Christmas carol, "I Wish It Was Christmas," to its knees last night on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Sure, he had a little help from show's house band (The Roots) and the song's originators, Horatio Sanz and Jimmy Fallon who did the song in a "Saturday Night Live" skit). But it was his melodious liquid baritone that embodies a Velvet Underground-era Lou Reed that let Casablancas take a goofy holiday song and make it as gritty and interesting as Alphabet City circa 1981. Super smart to have it available for download via iTunes.

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