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Room on Fire



Smart music but definitely not for younger teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are overtones of decadence and ennui.

Not applicable

Some sexual references.


"F---" goin' to that party" (in ":51"), "We were just two f---s in lust" (in "Meet Me in the Bathroom"), "We won't take that s--t" (in "I Can't Win").

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some kids may not understand the alcohol reference in ":51" ("We could go and get 40s"), but it's common parlance in hip-hop.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is one of those CDs that your kids are going to want to have, but reading the lyrics will give you a case of heartburn. The band members have serious drug histories and that informs their music. They are also honest in their treatment of subjects that some parents would rather not deal with. Mature teens beginning to negotiate their way through the challenges of sex and drugs will find much to consider here.

What's the story?

ROOM ON FIRE takes the listener on a tour of late nights (\"12:51\") and harsh dawns (\"Between Love & Hate\"), with their moments of emotional emptiness and fitful happiness. Despite the dark subject matter, it's catchy enough that you'll probably find yourself singing along. Because of the wealthy background of the band members and past rumors of drug abuse, it's easy for the listener to bring this baggage to the album. Mature teens beginning to negotiate their way through the challenges of sex and drugs will find much to consider here, but it's a good idea for parents to talk about all the drug, alcohol, and sex references with their kids after reading the lyrics.

Is it any good?


Some bands give themselves hernias trying to be notorious, using profanity and sexism in a desperate bid for attention. New York's Strokes are far more subtle and artistic in their treatment of adult subjects. Overall, Room on Fire is a terrific rock & roll album, spare in its production and passionate in performance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about about all the drug, alcohol, and sex references, and discuss if that kind of honesty is always a good thing for teen listeners.

Music details

Artist:The Strokes
Release date:October 28, 2003
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byGreenRhino December 16, 2011

Great album, not just for those 16+

There is some minor swearing, but nothing that you wouldn't hear walking through any American city. The Strokes present a strong, honest album here, and it is a definite follow-up to their last album, "Is This It". "Room on Fire" represents what may be the best period for this band. Also: CSM is quite crazy for rating this 16+. It's an absolutely appropriate album.
Teen, 15 years old Written bytakenforafool15 June 23, 2011


Well there are no sexual references unless you are dumb or something, & they do swear like 5 times but there is pretty much swearing in a lot of songs nowadays. Also the song is called 12:51 not :51. Plus the alcohol reference really that isn't that big of a deal compared to what people listen to now.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bySumBO September 30, 2012

You're in a strange part of our town

The strokes are one of the best bands of our generation. Let your kids enjoy them.


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