Julian Casablancas has given a somewhat bizarre new interview, in which he makes a number of outlandish claims about Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.
The Strokes singer is promoting his new project with the Voidz, and decided to unleash a few of his homespun cultural theories in a Q&A with Vulture.
We've decided to fact-check a few of these...
First up: Jimi Hendrix. Julian Casablancas argues that "people don’t realize that it took years for him to get the acclaim that he has now. You look at the charts back then and he was at No. 300. He didn’t have hits."
The interviewer correctly points out that 'Electric Ladyland' was a number one album, and that the guitarist "closed Woodstock."
In Julian's defence, however, Jimi Hendrix only notched up on Top 40 single on the Billboard chart - and that was his Dylan cover 'All Along The Watchtower'.
So while he's certainly wide of the mark, at least he's in the ball-park. Which brings us to...
David Bowie. Julian Casablancas states: "This is my point: People think that public opinion in their own time is the truth. Everyone knows David Bowie now, but I bet he was pretty underground in the ’70s."
Well, that's easy to check: David Bowie was a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, peppering the Billboard charts and scoring a colossal number one with 1975's 'Fame'.
Codswallop, then, but entertaining codswallop. Read the full piece HERE.
Julian Casablancas + the Voids will release new album 'Virtue' on March 30th.
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