12:51 (The Strokes song)

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The Strokes - 1251 - CD single cover.jpg
Single by The Strokes
from the album Room on Fire
B-side "The Way It Is" (Home Recording)
Released November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
Recorded 2003
Length 2:26
Songwriter(s) Julian Casablancas
Producer(s) Gordon Raphael
The Strokes singles chronology

Music video
"12:51" on YouTube

"12:51" is a 2003 song by the American indie rock band The Strokes and was written by Julian Casablancas. The song was released as the first single from their second album, Room on Fire.[1]


"12:51" received positive reviews from critics. Billboard's Wes Orshoski wrote of the song: "Julian Casablancas' sleepy vocals arrive in synch with a nerdy, very '80s keyboard [Nick Valensi's guitar] that sounds so much cooler than it probably should against guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr.'s raw, fast strumming, the throbbing bass of Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti's cool swing beat."[2] AllMusic's Heather Phares wrote that "its whistling, synth-like guitars and handclaps are undeniably catchy, but at first, the song seems to be searching for a structure. Eventually, though, it becomes sneakily addictive -- it's a stealth pop song."[1]

The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "12:51" was directed by Roman Coppola and was inspired by the 1982 film Tron.[4]

Track listing[edit]

2."The Way It Is (Home Recording)"1:16


Year Peak chart positions
US Mod
2003 15 30 22 40 39 7


  1. ^ a b "Room on Fire - The Strokes". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Billboard Picks". Billboard. September 20, 2003. p. 47.
  3. ^ "The Strokes - Chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Cohen, Jonathan. "Different Strokes". Billboard. November 1, 2003. p. 99.
  5. ^ a b "The Strokes Billboard Chart History: Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Irish Positions". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  7. ^ "The Strokes Netherlands singles chart history". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  8. ^ "The Strokes Sweden singles chart history". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  9. ^ "UK charts". Everyhit.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 

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