The Strokes Taunt Cop with ‘New York City Cops’ at Bernie Sanders Rally

Posted on: February 12th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

On the heels of releasing a new single from its upcoming album, The New AbnormalThe Strokes are making headlines with a controversial song from its past.

Yesterday evening, the five-piece played a Bernie Sanders rally during the New Hampshire primary. The event was attended by more than 7,000 people, who bopped along to a set capped by “New York City Cops.”

Lead singer Julian Casablancas invited crowds at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena to join the band on stage during this last song. Yet, as fans pushed toward the stage, a police officer tried to intervene, to no avail.

“New York City Cops” is an early Strokes song dating back to their debut album, Is this It. However, due to the subject matter, and the proximity of the record release to the 9/11 terrorist attack, the band replaced the track with “When it Started” on the CD version. (The vinyl release kept the original track list.)

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