Twitter Thinks the New Strokes Song Sounds a Lot Like Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself"
They're not wrong
It's pretty undeniably similar when the Strokes' gets to the chorus, repeating "Oh, makin' bad decisions" to almost the exact same tune as the hook in the 1981 hit "Dancing with Myself."
So similar, in fact, that the band have recognized Billy Idol and co-writer Tony James with a songwriting credit.
That didn't mean Twitter let the Strokes off the hook.
See some of the realizations and reactions below, then listen to both songs and hear the likeness for yourself.
The Strokes' new album, The New Abnormal, arrives April 10 via Cult/RCA Records.
Nice The Strokes have stolen Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol— Jamie Carmichael (@JamieStitchell) February 18, 2020
This is basically a "Dancing With Myself" sendup but it's also easily the most "classic era" sounding Strokes song they've put out since the classic era. So good. https://t.co/5uWpFuG5C2— Wilson Wilding (@WilsonWildingWF) February 18, 2020
not trying to shit on bad decisions bc I love it but it sounds like New Order doing a cover of dancing with myself and I don't know how to reconcile that— Charlie (@saggabutts) February 18, 2020
bad decisions sounds kinda like dancing with myself but im not mad about it— faith ✿ (@nbtfaif) February 18, 2020
Big "Dancing with Myself" vibes, I dig it. Welcome back boys https://t.co/5OCxnpoNt9— Erik D-Trick (@ErikDTrick) February 18, 2020
isn't the new strokes song kind of — umm — Dancing With Myself?— Nica Feliciano (@nicahappyy) February 18, 2020
New Strokes single is an obvious ripoff of "dancing with myself" but at least they're already getting ahead of the lawsuit pic.twitter.com/E08o9gbcLk— Christopher Cheng (@chrischeng27) February 18, 2020
"i'm making bad decisions" and "i'm dancing with myself" really are two big moods— 🗣 slush 🐺 🚒🚛🚚🎏 • 4 (@lesbsisba) February 18, 2020
me enjoying the new strokes song knowing damn well it's a rip off of dancing with myself and i melt with you pic.twitter.com/g8J8X4G7tI— julia fletcher (@juliaef_) February 18, 2020