Strokes Sing ‘New York City Cops’ Face-to-Face With Cops as Sanders Rally Gets Rowdy

It’s every rebellious rocker’s dream optic: getting to sing a song complaining about police literally in the face of police taking the stage. That was the scenario as New Hampshire officers took to the Strokes’ stage when fans swarmed the band as they wrapped up an appearance at a Bernie Sanders rally by performing “New York City Cops.”

The lawmen stepped up at the conclusion of what was billed as a “concert rally,” in which the Strokes were preceded by pro-Sanders speeches from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon and Dr. Cornel West.

According to some accounts, “New York City Cops” was not on the group’s setlist, but the Stokes performed the song from their debut album — which includes the refrain “New York City cops, but they ain’t too smart” — after taking umbrage at lights being turned up and attempts to stop crowd-surfing among fans.

The backdrop for the rally, like T-shirts being sold, turned Sanders’ name into a logo resembling the band’s own. The rally took place at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, N.H.

The morning after the campaign stop, the Strokes announced their first album in seven years, “The New Abnormal,” produced by Rick Rubin. A video was released Tuesday for the new song “At the Door,” which the band premiered in its New Hampshire set.

The group has European shows booked in February and returns to North America the following months with shows in Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles (March 14 at the Forum).

Fans can count on NYC themes on the new album, as well, judging from promised song titles like “Brooklyn Bridge to Chaos” and the closing song, “Ode to the Mets.”

“New York City Cops” has a history of controversy. Back in 2001, when the Strokes’ debut was set for release, the tune was replaced with “When It Starts” on U.S. versions of the album, prompted by a fear of disrespecting NYC law reinforcement immediately following the terrorist attacks in the city.


More Music

  • The Eddy

    'The Eddy': TV Review

    “Jazz is Paris and Paris is jazz,” spoke-sang Malcolm McLaren a quarter-century ago, though the statement is valid as ever today: Since the end of World War I, when a number of African American soldiers settled in Paris — and still others left their music behind — the city has become a kind of world [...]


    Green Day Cancels Tour Dates in Asia Due to Coronavirus

    Green Day has canceled scheduled tour dates in Asia due to the coronavirus epidemic. The band’s Hella Mega tour would have taken them throughout the continent in March — and in countries with confirmed cases of the virus — starting in Singapore and stopping in Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka and Tokyo. The [...]

  • Beyonce Kobe Bryant Performance

    Ken Ehrlich on the Kobe Bryant Memorial Service's 'Transcendent' Music Moments

    Ken Ehrlich produced his final Grammy telecast Jan. 26 … and, through the sad fluke of Kobe Bryant dying the day of the show, there was a direct segue to the first live broadcast of Ehrlich’s post-Grammys career, when his company was asked to assist with the Kobe Bryant memorial Feb. 24. The veteran is [...]

  • Editorial use only. Hand Out HANDOUT

    BTS Cancels Korea Concerts Due to Coronavirus

    BTS has canceled concerts planned for Korea, the group announced on Thursday, Feb. 27, due to concerns about the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. According to a post on an official BTS Twitter (@bts_bighit), “Map of the Soul” tour shows scheduled for April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium have been called off, [...]

  • La Vita Nuova album Christine and

    Christine and the Queens' 'La Vita Nuova': EP Review

    With stellar albums from Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, Selena Gomez and Grimes over the past few months, it’s been a hot stretch for the genre inaccurately but conveniently labelled “alt-pop” — and joining the group is this surprise release from France’s Christine and the Queens, who recently collaborated with two of the above artists. Her [...]

  • Former C3 Promoter Charlie Jones Launches

    Former C3 Promoter Charlie Jones Launches Four Leaf Productions

    Charlie Jones, a veteran producer who has worked extensively on the Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits festivals, is today officially launching his new venture, Four Leaf Productions, which is described as “a new company built on a foundation of creating live experiences that bring people together for a purpose.” Over the course of his [...]

  • Radio Placeholder

    Veteran KROQ Program Director Kevin Weatherly Exits Entercom

    Kevin Weatherly, who made his mark at L.A.’s leading alternative station KROQ and has been a renowned radio programmer for nearly three decades, is leaving his post as SVP programming at Entercom for a reported new post at Spotify, which a source suggests will likely be in an editorial capacity. Weatherly originally joined KROQ as [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content