Ahead of Friday’s “Indie for the Holidays” playlist (courtesy of Amazon, who solicited an impressive set of artists), The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. has released “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot.” It starts as a strumming rendition of Nat King Cole’s version of the song, then escalates into a reverb-laden mash-up with George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” Hammond Jr.’s sometimes-sweet, sometimes-sour voice convinces us of a little boy in pain, but leaves us delightfully rocking along.
Known for playing rhythm and lead guitar in The Strokes, Hammond Jr. released solo album ¿Cómo Te Llama? in 2008, and though he’s been able to define himself as a musician through his subsequent solo work (re: Momentary Masters in 2015) and beaten addiction, to boot, he’s inextricably linked to The Strokes and Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records. We certainly don’t think this is a bad thing.
In addition to Hammond Jr.’s “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” listen to “Caught My Shadow/Razor’s Edge” from the Paste Cloud below.