Feb 022011

Color me anything but red and white!

The fact that this is new today is news to me: The White Stripes have broken up.

Beside making appearances on Conan I thought The White Stripes broke up a year or two ago. I mean, wasn’t that pretentious film of their tour of Canada supposed to be their swan song, or was that just increasingly wishful thinking the more I watched of that turd?

The band left the following touching statement on their website:

The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.

To celebrate our inheritance of their Jack and Meg’s legacy, I invite you to do any of the following—and whatever else appropriate strikes your fancy:

  • Please send me your favorite track(s) by the band. You can burn them for me or upload them to the Hall if you have Back Office privileges. I only have 2 songs by them on my iPod, and now that the band belongs to me, I’d like to see if more of their songs are worth my giving repeated listens. The key is, since they’ve turned over the keys to us, I don’t feel like paying.
  • I don’t know about you, but I was getting tired of the red & white thing. It’s time to rebrand. Please scan or download The White Stripes photo of your choice and use a graphics program of your choice to propose a new color scheme/branding for our band. Submit your designs (jpg, gif, png, pdf) to mrmoderator [at] rocktownhall [dot] com by Friday, February 11. Be creative. The winner will be awarded a really snazzy prize!

Thank you, Jack and Meg, for providing a surefire hot-button focal point for old, bass-obsessed farts and relatively younger, hipper Townspeople; some great guitar sounds; the confidence to learn the drums; the opportunity for some to giggle over terms like “rack toms”; and so much more.


  11 Responses to “Yesterday’s News Today: The White Stripes Break Up!”

  1. Goodbye Meg, we hardly knew ye . . .

    It took me awhile to warm up to Jack, but I did. Saw the Raconteurs open for Dylan and they were fantastic. The Dead Weather have some good songs and I like what he did on the Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson albums. Jack’s scenes may be the best part of the “It Might Get Loud” doc with Jimmy Page and The Edge.

    While I’m not a big White Stripes fan, Jack keeps moving forward, with a nod to the past, so good for him. Here he is on Letterman with Wanda Jackson a couple of weeks ago.


  2. I’m a Jack White fan myself. He had close ties to Memphis when the Stripes were starting up and seemed like one of those flavor-f-the-month type deals that would grow tiresome quickly.

    He strikes me as a very genuine sort and I love The Raconteurs. I may even go so far as to say that he’s one of the best things to happen to music in the last 10 years or so.


  3. I liked him better than ever with Wanda Jackson on Letterman. He was relaxed and having fun during the interview too. Good call!

  4. Let’s get one thing straight: Jack and Meg gave no indication that The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, or Wanda Jackson now belong to me, so please don’t send in any mp3s of their music or try rebranding them through this contest. Thanks.

  5. BigSteve

    I didn’t know you could break up with your sister.

  6. machinery

    I consider myself a Jack White lurker. As previously posted, I’m always impressed by his heavy-ness. I can’t think of another guy in rock who actually isn’t afraid to get heavy. Won’t go buying his music … but I’m happy to turn up the radio when he comes on.

    You’d think he woulda mellowed, but no. hats off.


  7. ladymisskirroyale

    Ok, I’m a softie, but I like this song:

    I’ve been generally in the plus column re. the White Stripes. I liked the red/white design, and I liked that it’s a male and female duo (even if the relationship between them has been so, um, whatever). For those of us who are not huge blues fans, they have been a good entry-level blues band.

    But I felt sort of sad, that like George Harrison, Meg usually got to sing only one song per album.

  8. mockcarr

    I bet if they had a bass player, they could have worked things out.

  9. mockcarr

    Also, I’m more of “the other color is the stripe and the white is the background” type of guy.

  10. Funny enough, I got my copy of the new Wanda Jackson rekkid in the mail yesterday. GREAT stuff.


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