Released in 2001, ‘Last Nite’ made The Strokes so popular that Drew Barrymore started dating the drummer… that’s probably not true, but the Panda likes to make stuff up sometimes. According to Wikipedia, the throwback looking video was not what the band wanted:
The band were originally unwilling to appear in a music video, but eventually agreed to a simple format, performing the song live on a brightly lit stage. The resulting video, filmed with simple panning shots and few edits, was directed by Roman Coppola. One minute into the song, singer Julian Casablancas throws his microphone stand, as if it was a spear, off camera; the move would later be referenced in the music video for “Under Cover of Darkness”, released 10 years later in 2011 on their album Angles. As the song progresses, Casablancas’ vocal becomes increasingly distorted as he sings ever closer into the microphone. On two occasions he dramatically throws the microphone to the ground. Following his solo, guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., walking backwards into the drum podium, accidentally pushes one of drummer Fabrizio Moretti’s overhead microphones which falls onto the drum kit. Moretti tries to hit it away with his drumstick, yet it topples onto the other overhead and both crash to the ground. The video, including the accident, is parodied in the music video for Sum 41’s “Still Waiting”.