The Strokes Go King Kong for 'Heart In a Cage' Video

Albert Hammond Jr.: 'It wasn't the first time I almost died on a video shoot'

Julian Casablancas in the music video for 'Heart In a Cage.' Credit: Courtesy Photo

One month after its release, the Strokes' First Impressions of Earth may be catching fire. Their new single, "Heart in a Cage," is a top request at radio stations all over the country, and the video for the tune, shot by director Sam Bayer, contains some death-defying thrills: Shooting on top of a fifty-story building in midtown Manhattan, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. was nearly blown off the roof, as winds gusted up to 40 mph. Hammond says he took it in stride: "It wasn't the first time I almost died on a video shoot."

This story is from the February 23rd, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.