Last Nite

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"Last Nite"
The Strokes - Last Nite - CD single cover.jpg
Single by the Strokes
from the album Is This It
B-side"When It Started"
ReleasedNovember 5, 2001 (2001-11-05)
Format
Recorded2001
Genre
Length3:13
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Julian Casablancas
Producer(s)Gordon Raphael
the Strokes singles chronology
"Hard to Explain"
(2001)
"Last Nite"
(2001)
"Someday"
(2001)
Music video
"Last Nite" on YouTube

"Last Nite" is a song written and composed by Julian Casablancas, frontman of the American garage rock band the Strokes. It was a moderate hit for the group on the UK Singles Chart in 2001. The song was covered by pop music singer Vitamin C in 2003, who had a minor hit with her version on the UK Singles Chart.

The Strokes version[edit]

Background[edit]

The song "Last Nite" was first recorded by the Strokes and released as the second single from the band's debut studio album, Is This It, in November 2001. The track was produced by Gordon Raphael and was issued on RCA Records with the song "When It Started" as the b-side.

The song's opening guitar riff and overall structure is loosely similar to that of "American Girl" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. In a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, Petty commented, "The Strokes took 'American Girl' [for 'Last Nite'], there was an interview that took place with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, 'OK, good for you.' It doesn't bother me".[3] The Strokes were invited to be the opening act for several dates on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 2006 tour.[4] The solo for the song was inspired by guitarist Freddie King.

Reception[edit]

The single was the group's first to enter the American charts, reaching the top five on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 2001. Meanwhile, the single obtained moderate success in the UK, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.[5][6]

In March 2005, Q placed "Last Nite" at number 66 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In September 2006, NME placed "Last Nite" at number one on its list of the 50 Greatest Tracks of the Decade. In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Last Nite" at number nine in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. It was also placed at number 16 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Songs of the Decade and number 478 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". In 2011, NME placed it at number 4 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[7]

Music video[edit]

The band were originally unwilling to appear in a music video, but eventually agreed to a simple format, performing the song live on a brightly lit stage. The resulting video, filmed with simple panning shots and few edits, was directed by Roman Coppola. One minute into the song, singer Julian Casablancas throws his microphone stand, as if it was a spear, off camera; the move would later be referenced in the music video for "Under Cover of Darkness", released 10 years later in 2011 on their album Angles. As the song progresses, Casablancas' vocal becomes increasingly distorted as he sings ever closer into the microphone. On two occasions he dramatically throws the microphone to the ground. Following his solo, guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., walking backwards into the drum podium, accidentally pushes one of drummer Fabrizio Moretti's overhead microphones which falls onto the drum kit. Moretti tries to hit it away with his drumstick, yet it topples onto the other overhead and both crash to the ground. The video, including the accident, is parodied in the music video for Sum 41's "Still Waiting".

Track listings[edit]

US/UK

  1. "Last Nite" - 3:15
  2. "When It Started" - 2:59

AUS

  1. "Last Nite" - 3:15
  2. "When It Started" - 2:59
  3. "Last Nite" (Live) - 3:27
  4. "Take It or Leave It" (Live) - 3:29

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001-2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 47
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 48
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 14
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[12] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Vitamin C version[edit]

"Last Nite"
Last niteVC.jpg
Single by Vitamin C
ReleasedJuly 7, 2003 (2003-07-07)
Format
Recorded2003
Genre
Length3:54
LabelV2 Records
Songwriter(s)Julian Casablancas
Producer(s)
Vitamin C singles chronology
"As Long As You're Loving Me"
(2001)
"Last Nite"
(2003)

Background[edit]

"Last Nite" was covered in 2003 by pop singer Vitamin C. The song was produced by Dave Derby, Michael Kotch, and Fred Maher.[15] The single features a sample from Blondie's "Heart of Glass".[16] After Elektra Records dropped Vitamin C when her second album, More, did not sell as expected, she signed to V2 Records in the UK, hoping to break into the music scene there. After her third album was recorded, this single was released exclusively in the UK with plans to release the album a month later. The album was never released.

Reception[edit]

The single for "Last Nite" by Vitamin C did not do well in its first week by debuting and peaking at a disappointing number 70 and falling down the chart rapidly.[17][18] V2 shelved Vitamin C's album afterwards and dropped her. However, "Last Nite" is Vitamin C's only chart entry in the UK Singles Top 75, making it her most successful single there.[19]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Last Nite" was shot in New York City. It features Vitamin C, as a blonde, in or around the Hotel Chelsea as well as other New York City night spots. The club CBGB is seen in the video.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Last Nite" - 3:54
  2. "Last Nite" (Derby & Kotch Mix) - 3:45
  3. "Last Nite" (I Lick That Mix by Count Caligula) - 5:40
  4. "Last Nite" (Clique Remix) - 6:05

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 70
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[22] 33
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[23] 10

Samples[edit]

  • "Last Nite" was sampled in the song "Only Wanna Dance with You" by Ke$ha, in her 2012 album Warrior.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stiernberg, Bonnie. "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. ^ "NME's 50 Greatest "Indie Anthems"". Stereogum. NME. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Tom Petty News". Rolling Stone. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Hilary Duff, Katharine McPhee, Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, Bam Margera & More".
  5. ^ "The Strokes Artist Biography by Heather Phares - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  6. ^ "Strokes - singles". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  7. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years - NME". 6 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Strokes – Last Nite". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 45, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "The Strokes Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – The Strokes – Last Nite". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 February 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Last Nite in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ ARIA Singles
  16. ^ "Where Ya Been? Vitamin C Juicing Up A Comeback, Fastball Heading Back To The Mound".
  17. ^ "ChartArchive - Vitamin C". 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012.
  18. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 588. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 588. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  24. ^ https://www.nme.com/news/music/keha-20-1259438