Under Cover of Darkness

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"Under Cover of Darkness"
The Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness.jpg
Single by The Strokes
from the album Angles
B-side"You're So Right"
Released9 February 2011
Songwriter(s)The Strokes
  • Joe Chiccarelli
  • Gus Oberg
  • The Strokes
The Strokes singles chronology
"You Only Live Once"
"Under Cover of Darkness"
"Taken for a Fool"

"Under Cover of Darkness" is a song by American rock band The Strokes. The single served as the lead single for their fourth studio album, Angles and was released online on 9 February 2011 as a free download for 48 hours exclusively.[1] It was the first single release from the band in five years, following the release of "You Only Live Once" in 2006. "Under Cover of Darkness" received positive reviews, managing to reach BBC Radio 1's A Playlist; before going on to debut at number 47 on the respective chart.[2] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 133 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on March 2, 2011. The video was directed and produced by Warren Fu at Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 17, 2011. The video begins with a clip of the music video for "You Only Live Once", and contains a reference to the song "Last Nite". The reference occurs when Julian Casablancas throws his microphone stand (which he also did in the video for "Last Nite") while stating that "everybody's singing the same song for 10 years."[citation needed] This led some to believe he was talking about the longevity of arguably the band's most popular single. However, in a 2014 interview, Casablancas stated that this line was an opinion of the music business essentially churning out the same old pop music without ever innovating, and not a reference to The Strokes or any particular band.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Under Cover of Darkness" is the third most successful single in the bands discography. It peaked at number 12 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and charted a total of 17 weeks.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

"Under Cover Of Darkness" was made available for download on July 24, 2012 to play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards. It appears on the setlist for Rocksmith which was released in October, 2011 in North America. The song is also featured on the soundtrack for basketball simulation game NBA 2K15 which was released on October, 2014 in North America.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
1."Under Cover of Darkness"3:55
1."Under Cover of Darkness"3:55
2."You're So Right"2:34


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Canada Hot 100 88
Canada: Active Rock[7] 21
Canada: Alternative Rock[8] 3
France Top 100 75
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 46
Japan Hot 100 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 47
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 12
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Songs 19
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 23

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 46

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom 9 February 2011[1] Digital Download
Worldwide 11 February 2011
United Kingdom 1 March 2011[6] Vinyl


  1. ^ a b c The Strokes to release 'Under Cover of Darkness' as free download NME, Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  2. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  3. ^ http://www.nme.com/list/150-best-tracks-of-the-past-15-years/248648/page/2
  4. ^ Casablancas, Julian (April 1, 2014). Julian Casablancas: The Strokes van a volver [Julian Casablancas: The Strokes will come back] (Interview) (in English/Spanish). Chile: CooperativaFM. Retrieved June 25, 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. ^ "Billboard Biz: Under Cover of Darkness". Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  6. ^ a b The Strokes 'Under Cover of Darkness' - 7" Vinyl The Strokes.com, Retrieved 2011-04-16.
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  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 12, 2011". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.

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