Julian Casablancas missed his music history lesson apparently.
The Strokes frontman, whose current band The Voidz will release their second album at the end of March, took aim at Jimi Hendrix in a wide-ranging Vulture interview.
“People don’t realize that it took years for him to get the acclaim that he has now,” Casablancas said of the legendary guitarist. “You look at the charts back then and he was at No. 300. He didn’t have hits.”
The interviewer, pushing back, countered by arguing that Hendrix was actually wildly popular during his lifetime.
“No, you’re seeing it through the rearview mirror,” the singer said. “From what I’ve seen I thought he never had any commercial success.”
Described as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hendrix began his career with three UK top ten hits before finding success stateside with “Electric Ladyland,” which hit No. 1.
A year after releasing the album, Hendrix headlined Woodstock.
“Okay,” Casablancas replied to Vulture.
In September 1970, just 27 years old, Hendrix died of asphyxiation in London.