Crashing onto the scene as overnight sensations made The Strokes the hottest band in the world throughout the summer of 2001. With a heady mix of raw energy and fun pop songs, The Strokes found the perfect balance between a sound that was familiar and fresh at the same time. Here we take a look at their early influences including Sonic Youth, The Cars and The Replacements.

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