Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of The Strokes, has been a Mets fan ever since going to a game as a kid with band member Nikolai Fraiture and Fraiture’s father.
The Mets have influenced Casablancas’ life so much that the band even has a song titled “Ode to the Mets” on their latest album, “The New Abnormal,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In The Strokes new music video for the single, “The Adults are Talking,” the band plays baseball against a team of robots. They are dressed in throwback Houston Astros uniforms with the band name on the front of the jersey. Casablancas spoke about his inspiration for the baseball music video and all the ups and downs in his life as a Mets fan in an interview with MLB.com’s Michael Clair.
“I realized though, ironically — or fittingly, I never know which ones to use — the first game I ever saw was when [bassist Nikolai Fraiture’s] dad took me and Nikolai to see the Mets in the nosebleeds and we saw them playing the Astros. I was thinking they’re probably wearing those uniforms. That’s not why we chose it, but I thought that was a funny connection.”
The song “Ode to the Mets” was written while Casablancas was waiting for the subway following the Mets’ 2016 Wild Card Game loss to the San Francisco Giants. He told MLB.com how he deals with tough losses emotionally, and explained his feelings about sports overall.
“Well, I gotta be honest, I was not that upset,” Casablancas said. “Because I’ve had my heart broken many times, obviously, as a Mets fan. I mean, really, the World Series loss, the NLCS vs. the Cardinals [in 2006] — those are real hard. Otherwise I quit sports. It’s this tribal thing that drives us to sports, like tribal warfare, but it’s not real. So it’s fun, it’s exciting. It gives you this kind of thing that humans need to feel, but [it’s not fun] when you’re depressed for a month because you feel like your village was burned down, but it really is because some strangers lost a game, right?”
The lead singer would go on to mention that Darryl Strawberry was his favorite player growing up, and is very intrigued by new Mets owner Steve Cohen.
“I have very few Mets fan friends, but they’re very excited — the people who stuck around,” Casablancas said. “I am just gonna wait and see. If they did some things that I thought were smart, I might jump back in. I guess it is fair weather, but it’s just the ownership and the leadership and the coach and all that. You gotta be behind it, or you have no chance and it just [stinks] to be so invested.”
One way that Casablancas could become reinvested with the Mets is if his dream wish comes true — to write the pregame music for SNY before they air Mets games.
“The SNY song was driving me nuts,” Casablancas said. “I used to watch a lot of games. I knew someone who worked for the Mets, who hooked me up with tickets sometimes. I had a whole song. I was like, ‘Let me do like the song for SNY for the game.’ It was kind of epic, rising — like an exciting game is gonna happen. But they just didn’t have their [stuff] together. And they were like, ‘We don’t have a budget.’ I was like, ‘You don’t need a budget. I’ll just give you the song. I’ll do it for free.’”