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Current status: Featured article

Soma[edit]

Does anyone know if the song "Soma" is named after the fictional drug in "Brave New World?" --PulpAffliction 14:14, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Perhaps it isn't a direct allusion to that book, but the word soma is synonymous with ecstasy the emotion, however I think Julian might be talking about the drug MDMA. Bozu 13:06, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
    • I think Julian was talking about the drug, too. Considering there are lines in the song like, "They tried it once and they liked it."

Soma is the trade name for carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.121.67.202 (talk) 01:14, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

Album Cover[edit]

Since The Strokes are a US band, shouldn't the US cover of Is This It go on top? Starla Dear 17:06, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

I changed it. Starla Dear 00:38, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
I changed it back. The international cover is the original one. BGC 01:13, 2 September 2006 (UTC)
Of course the original, actual albumn art should be used. Why on Earth would the American release take precedence? Is Wikipedia an American initiative or a Global inititiative? Open source for the web; not just for Americans.119.161.71.12 (talk) 10:00, 20 February 2011 (UTC)INFX.com.au

But why are there two covers ? -- Beardo 15:23, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

The International cover is the official cover of the record. The Strokes thought the cover would be too controversial in the united states, so they changed it in the US. This cover comes from the video for "Hard to Explain" Doc Strange (talk) 23:34, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

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you might want to mention the UK release had a completely different cover ... -- Tarquin 11:52 Mar 11, 2003 (UTC)

Duly noted (I thought I'd gone mad or something when I saw the artwork here). --Camembert

I have a weird copy ...[edit]

I bought this album a few years ago, I have what is apparently the U.S. version -- U.S. cover art, , with track 9 being listed in the liner notes as "When It Started." But the song that plays as track 9 is "New York City Cops," whihc is on the U.K. version. I didn't realize the error for a few years, I just thought the refrain of "When It Started" has the phrase "New York City Cops." Anyway, does anyone know if that is a common issue, does anyone else have a version of the album that lists "When It Started" but really has "New York City Cops" like mine? --Icemanjeff (talk) 02:34, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Hey, I just came to this page because of the same thing; the song that's been on my iPod for 3 1/2 years as "When It Started" is, apparently, the song called "New York City Cops." So, who knows how rare it is.Choiniej (talk) 19:52, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Factory error, perhaps? Maybe you have my CD and I have yours. My jewel case says "New York City Cops" on the back, but my CD has When It Started. BrianRecchia (talk) 00:40, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Why it's top importance[edit]

Essentially just read the Commercial and Accolades sections. And stop changing it to mid or something else ridiculous. There haven't been that many albums with the same coverage, awards, and list making ability of this one in the past 10 years or maybe even longer. Especially for Alt music. RB88 (T) 05:33, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

The sales aren't that substantial. In terms of importance, could you honestly say this album is as important as Sgt. Pepper ot Thriller? Critically acclaimed, sure, but wider cultural impact is relatively minimal. By the way, this articles needs to use American English, as this is an American band. WesleyDodds (talk) 10:04, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
I strongly disagree with "Top" importance. What RB88 said above might be enough for "High" importance but even that's a leap of faith, as RB88 didn't really say very much. Given the standing of this band and album in the overall history of rock, I would rate this a "Mid" importance. I could change it real easy but I'm sure someone will just change it back. Of course, it is very easy for fans to inflate the importance of their fave albums. Step back and ask yourself what a neutral observer would think. --DOOMSDAYER520 (Talk|Contribs) 22:52, 14 June 2010 (UTC)
After many months of no comments, the Importance is being changed to something realistic. Saying this album is "Top" is undeserved boosterism.--DOOMSDAYER520 (Talk|Contribs) 18:40, 20 October 2010 (UTC)
The Strokes' PR hack must be thrilled ... - Dunks (talk) 09:22, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

citations[edit]

"The record is considered crucial in the development of other alternative bands and of the post-millennial music industry."

Says who? Hate to be a nag, but how is it that such a blatant unsubstantiated claim makes it all the way to featured article status without being challenged? - Dunks (talk) 09:18, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Too true, this release was excellent but by no means is it any more "crucial" than any albumn produced by Boney M. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 119.161.71.12 (talk) 10:05, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Statements in the lead do not have to be cited as they summarise the rest of the article. If you read the whole thing then you'll see what has been summarised. RB88 (T) 12:02, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Canada certification in April 2002[edit]

The article states that the album was certified Gold in Canada in April 2002. here is the list of April 2002 certifications in Canada, and it is not there. Is there a different source? --Muhandes (talk) 20:48, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Accolades[edit]

Think this section needs a table as the album has received so many accolades from America, Britain, Australia etc Magazines, newspapers and websites. I do intend to find more because there are plenty of big names who have ranked this album in their "best of the decade" lists. Poiuytre (talk) 23:35, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Summary is best, meaning an accolades table wouldn't be too feasible, particular since there is no way we could (or should) list them all. WesleyDodds (talk) 08:34, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

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Album Cover II[edit]

I would like to have another discussion whether the American or original/international album cover should be used first in the box. I get the feeling that some people just cannot cope with the depicted nudeness of the original, since it is always reset by random IPs. In an artistic sense, to me, this equals censorship. The band's origin ist not really an argument to me, because the album sales were even better abroad (where the original cover is used). What do you think? --Clemens Stockner (Talk) 12:37, 5 December 2018 (UTC)