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Reptilia - The Strokes

Reptilia

Room on Fire
indie rock rock indie alternative alternative rock


"Reptilia" is the second single lifted from Room on Fire, the second album of acclaimed American garage rock/post-punk band The Strokes. The single's B-side contains "Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men", where lead singer Julian Casablancas duets with Regina Spektor. The official release date was delayed slightly after Casablancas objected to the song being credited as "The Strokes and Regina Spektor", claiming that it should read "by Regina Spektor & The Strokes". The title "Reptilia" refers to the "Reptilian complex", the central part of one's brain that handles basic emotions such as love and hate. The cover of the single features the artwork from the cabinet of the 1980 arcade game Centipede by Atari. The music video for the song was their first that was not directed by Roman Coppola. Instead they chose Jake Scott to shoot the video, which features close shots of the band members' faces and hands while performing the song. At the end of the video, Julian Casablancas spits at the camera lens. The song is a playable track in the video games Rock Band and in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The minor difference is that the overexposed effect on Casablancas' vocals is removed.


The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City, New York, United States, formed in 1998. The band rose to fame in the early 2000s as a leading group in garage rock/post-punk revival. The band consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (lead guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums and percussion). Upon the release of their debut album, Is This It, in 2001 Show more ...

Reptilia - The Strokes

He seemed impressed by the way you came in
"Tell us a story, i know you re not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist
"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"

I said: "Please don t slow me down if I m going too fast"
You re in a strange part of our town

Yeah, the night s not over
You re not trying hard enough,
Our lives are changing lanes
You ran me off the road
The wait is over
Now I m taking over
You re no longer laughing
I m not drowning fast enough

(perfect solo)

Now everytime that I look at myself
"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she s fixing her hair
"You sound so angry, just calm down you found me"

I said: "Please don t slow me down if I m going too fast"
You re in a strange part of our town

Yeah, the night s not over
You re not trying hard enough,
Our lives are changin lanes
You ran me off the road
The wait is over
Now I m taking over
You re no longer laughing
I m not drowning fast enough



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