Ryan Adams Lets Out His True Feelings About The Strokes

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The Strokes released their last full-length album in 2013, and a four-track EP in 2016. They’ve been relatively quiet and currently aren’t even planning an album (I know, let’s all mourn together) despite Albert Hammond Sr.’s premature excitement. The band’s been on the DL so there would be absolutely no reason to hate them.

 

Unless you’re Ryan Adams, of course. The musician unleashed a set of now-deleted Tweets insulting the band, Julian Casablancas, and the Hammonds.

 

Who is Ryan Adams?

 

To the fanbase of The Strokes, Adams is probably known as that guy who did a song-for-song album cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 (yikes). To others, he’s part of Whiskeytown and The Cardinals.

 

Let’s be fair here—the guy’s had a pretty successful career, minus that 1989 debacle. He’s a Grammy-nominated artist and holds 15 albums in his resume! He even put a ring on sweetheart Mandy Moore at one point. He’s successful in his own right and manages to release albums that never seem to completely flop.

 

Let’s also take a look at his “bad side” equally. His notoriety began in 2003 when he left music critic Jim DeRogatis a nasty voicemail. The voicemail was a response to to the devastating review DeRogatis wrote about one of his shows and of course, he got major flack. He was also part of a disastrous episode of BBC’s Songwriter’s Circle when he reportedly refused to participate in that night’s performances and collaborations. His rude behavior became a hot topic, with fellow performers and fans commenting on Adams’ attitude problem.

 

Meet Me in the Bathroom

 

Lizzy Goodman chronicled the early 2000s New York City rock scene in her new book, “Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City”. Goodman’s been around the scene even before The Strokes became a household name. Her book uncovers an oral history of the rock scene that produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Vampire Weekend, and more iconic bands.

 

Goodman shared an excerpt narrating the band’s breakneck rise to fame and their struggles, with specific details of their tumultuous relationship with Adams.

 

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. (AHJ) spoke of his cocaine abuse, citing Adams as his key influence. Adams would wake him up at two in the morning to do drugs. Clearly seeing the negative influence, frontman Julian Casablancas threatened to beat Adams up if he hung out with Hammond.

 

Adams denies ever giving Hammond drugs.

“I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs.”

 

Eventually, an intervention for Adams and the band resulted in a burnt bridge. Adams called the intervention a “hypocritical lesson” and felt like it was easy for the band to label him as the problem. The Strokes and Adams never reunited, but it seems like Adams is still harboring negative feelings.

 

Taking it to Twitter

 

Adams went on a Twitter rampage, attacking family members of the band and throwing personal insults into the mix.

 

“Abert Hammond is a more horrible songwriter than his dad. If that’s possible.
It rains in Sthtrn CA & washes out the dirt
As you were
RA x”

He has beef with AHJ, fine. But to include his angel of dad? NOPE.

Also, “RA x” really? Sorry Ryan, but only Liam Gallagher can insult people and sign off like that. Zero points for originality.

 

Julian Casablancas: who got you strung out on lasagna tho?

I sold more t shirts last night than people who actually made it thru a single Voidz song, bro
What’s he gonna do? Sit on me?

First of all, Julian Casablancas’ weight is no one’s business. Secondly, fat jokes only prove his lack of actual humor. Lastly, at least it’s just lasagna.

 

I should’ve forced them to get addicted to writing better songs. Too bad @thekillers did it for them.

Last Impressions of Actual Songs

The Killers aren’t even from New York.

 

Ryan—if you’re going to use Liam Gallagher’s sign off, at least make sure to keep your Tweets.

 

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