Some listeners pointed out that this bears resemblance to the 1977 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers hit "American Girl
." Julian Casablancas explained why: "Yeah, we ripped it off."
According to the band's bassist, Nikolai Fraiture, Is This It
also borrowed elements from The Cure. He said: "There are some bass lines on our first album that were 100% ripped off from The Cure. We were worried about putting out the album, because we thought we'd get busted."