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Meg and her younger brother, Jack!
February 2, 2011 1:03 PM   Subscribe

The White Stripes have broken up. Let's watch some videos.

Hotel Yorba
Fell in Love with a Girl
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
We're Going to be Friends
Seven Nation Army
I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
The Hardest Button to Button
Blue Orchid
My Doorbell
The Denial Twist
Icky Thump
You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
Conquest
posted by Weebot (125 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Does this mean they're not brother and sister anymore?
posted by mullingitover at 1:04 PM on February 2, 2011 [10 favorites]


They'll get back together in 10 years to do a reunion tour to pay for their property taxes.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:05 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Man, I had a chance to see them live at ACL a few years ago, right after Icky-Thump, but they cancelled for health reasons. The White Stripes were a major part of my early college exploration of non-Christian, non-Top 40 music. Incredible sound, challenging aesthetic - what's not to love?

That being said, who couldn't see this coming? I'm surprised they made an announcement at all.
posted by muddgirl at 1:08 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I didn't even know they were still a band.
posted by empath at 1:09 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I thought they had broken up years ago. It's news to me that they hadn't.
posted by The World Famous at 1:10 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Sitting in your little room
you're working on something good
but if it's really good
you're gonna need a bigger room
and when you're in the bigger room
you might not know what to do
you might have to think of
how you got started sitting in your little room

posted by mrgrimm at 1:10 PM on February 2, 2011 [10 favorites]


Does this mean we'll get another Raconteurs album soon? Because I'm starting to wear out the bits on my MP3s.
posted by pts at 1:11 PM on February 2, 2011


I hear Jack is going to Wichita
posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:11 PM on February 2, 2011 [9 favorites]


I had tickets to see them here, but couldn't bring myself to go. Too bad I usually hate concerts. :(

(grar, crowds!)
posted by ODiV at 1:13 PM on February 2, 2011


This is really bad news for Meg White.
posted by makonan at 1:14 PM on February 2, 2011 [31 favorites]


Does anyone remember an article from a few years ago where the writer (possibly European) joins Jack White for a few nights out in Detroit, and concludes it's the greatest city ever for rock and roll? I believe Jack jammed with some blues legends. Anyway, it was so over the top I want to read it again.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:14 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


They aren't siblings, they are ex-husband and wife.
posted by zug at 1:14 PM on February 2, 2011


Yeah, I didn't know they were still a band. How many side projects can you start and still keep the original band going?
posted by Ghidorah at 1:14 PM on February 2, 2011


Jack White is my idol. Well, he would be if I had such a thing.

I wrote him a letter, but he didn't write back. I admittedly had poor timing, as there were floods and stuff.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:14 PM on February 2, 2011


De Stjil, White Blood Cells and Elephant are classics of the genre (and Under Blackpool Lights is a solid concert video), but I didn't much care for Get Behind Me Satan or Icky Thump (I haven't heard their first album). So I feel like they peaked a few years ago, but as rock bands go it was a pretty good peak.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:16 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


If only more creative acts would realize when their project had peaked and decided to walk away instead of re re rehashing.
posted by cavalier at 1:17 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


How many side projects can you start and still keep the original band going?

A lot. Just ask Al Jourgensen or any of the members of The Church. Or Dave Grohl. Or Josh Homme.
posted by The World Famous at 1:17 PM on February 2, 2011


I really loved the Jack and Meg section in Coffee and Cigarettes.
posted by dng at 1:17 PM on February 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


They aren't siblings, they are ex-husband and wife.

WHAT?! They SLEPT WITH EACH OTHER?!
posted by katillathehun at 1:19 PM on February 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


Anyone know which one (or both) lays claim to their writing credits?
posted by oddman at 1:19 PM on February 2, 2011


The White Stripes were great, but Jack is just going to continue making the music he's been making for years away from the group.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 1:22 PM on February 2, 2011



They aren't siblings, they are ex-husband and wife.

Actually they're jet plane flying over your head.
posted by I love you more when I eat paint chips at 1:22 PM on February 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


People like to dump on Meg, but her style of drumming fit the Stripes' music pretty well and I have a feeling that if you didn't know what you were doing and played live as a duo with someone as talented as Jack White you wouldn't last long.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:22 PM on February 2, 2011 [13 favorites]


oddman: Since the second album, the songs have been credited to Jack White.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 1:23 PM on February 2, 2011


I just hope Jack White will be okay, considering he only has 736 other bands to fall back on.
posted by notmydesk at 1:25 PM on February 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


People like to dump on Meg

I don't.

I think she's cute as hell.
posted by grubi at 1:39 PM on February 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


This sucks hard. As for you haters...hope you choke on your lunch.
posted by rahnefan at 1:40 PM on February 2, 2011


“It’s for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”

THIS is also full of preservatives.
posted by gcbv at 1:42 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Never mind the White Stripes here's the Flat Duo Jets
posted by nola at 1:43 PM on February 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


2001 me that worked in a quirky record store would be slightly bummed about this.

2011 me says "meh".
posted by BobbyDigital at 1:44 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


My only real White Stripes memory is going to a Guided by Voices gig and witnessing Bob Pollard drunkenly (there's no other Bob Pollard) expressing his disgust that Jack White had appeared so highly in Rolling Stones's list of the greatest guitarists of all time. Which, I felt, was a perfectly fair comment. He's a good rock guitarist, but no legend. Not that Doug Gillard is either, mind you.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this...
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 1:55 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


BobbyDigital: 2001 me that worked in a quirky record store would be slightly bummed about this.

2011 me says "meh".


And the "1998 you says I got a really good bag of weed, nothin's gettin' me down. Get yoself a digital orchestra and it's all good."
posted by filthy light thief at 1:57 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Dead Weather is better than any of the last two White Stripes efforts. More Dead Weather please.
posted by spicynuts at 1:57 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


And the Jamacian Bobby Digital says "Don't forget about me, I'm still producing music."
posted by filthy light thief at 2:00 PM on February 2, 2011


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posted by drowsy at 2:01 PM on February 2, 2011


My only real White Stripes memory is going to a Guided by Voices gig and witnessing Bob Pollard drunkenly (there's no other Bob Pollard) expressing his disgust that Jack White had appeared so highly in Rolling Stones's list of the greatest guitarists of all time.

I'll express some disgust that anyone cares about who is on Rolling Stones' list of the greatest guitarists of all time.
posted by Mountain Goatse at 2:02 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Well, here's Jack White cheating on Meg White with Wanda Jackson. I, personally, like this duo.
posted by jabberjaw at 2:03 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


what's not to love?

Meg's skills as a percussionist?

Sorry. I had to. She singlehandedly set female percussionists back 20 years.
posted by schmod at 2:06 PM on February 2, 2011


For a band I thought I was never into, I was remarkably sad about this. Then I hit iTunes and looked at how much White Stripes I owned and realized I actually was into them more than I thought. I think what really turned me onto them was It Might Get Loud (which just generally turned me on to him) and, er, exchange mixes.
posted by immlass at 2:08 PM on February 2, 2011


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I'm not mourning their breakup, I'm paying homage to Meg White's legendary furious drum solos.
posted by hincandenza at 2:13 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


They were okay. Then they got really quite good. Then they got okay again. Then they were sort of "meh".

Not a bad trajectory. There are worse.
posted by Decani at 2:14 PM on February 2, 2011


Meg is the perfect drummer for the White Stripes.

Under Great White Northern Lights is a great rock movie that you should watch if you like the White Stripes at all.
posted by vibrotronica at 2:14 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


She singlehandedly set female percussionists back 20 years.

Really. People saw Meg White perform and went "Wow, I guess women can't use drums."
posted by jscott at 2:16 PM on February 2, 2011


She singlehandedly set female percussionists back 20 years.

Wow, that's... something. Do all women who follow their dream, yet don't become immortal gods of their particular profession, "set female X back 20 years?" Gosh, maybe that's just depressing.
posted by muddgirl at 2:17 PM on February 2, 2011 [11 favorites]


Really. People saw Meg White perform and went "Wow, I guess women can't use drums."

Those people were assholes before they saw The White Stripes, and they'd be assholes if Meg White was never born. Don't see how she has much to do with anything.
posted by muddgirl at 2:18 PM on February 2, 2011 [19 favorites]


I'll express some disgust that anyone cares about who is on Rolling Stones' list of the greatest guitarists of all time.

I'll express some disgust that anyone enough to be disgusted that Bob Pollard cares about who is on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest guitarists of all time.

But I do agree that Jack White doesn't belong as high up in the list as Rolling Stone placed him. I mean, come on. They placed him higher than George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Guy (for crying out loud), Steve Cropper, Les Paul (!!?!), Zappa, Jorma Kaukonen, Ike Turner, Danny Gatton (!!!?!!!), Mick Ronson, Johnny Winter, David Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Lightnin' Hopkins, and lots of others.

I think it's safe to assume that Jack White is disgusted that Rolling Stone said he's a better guitarist - in any sense - than most, if not all, of those guys.

I generally don't care what Rolling Stone or any other music publication thinks. But do you really agree with whatever jackass sat in a conference room and said "oh, yeah, Jack White totally belongs at #17 when Les Paul is #46 and Lightnin' Hopkins is #71. Sure, Ike Turner recorded the first Rock and Roll song ever, but Jack White's style and musicality definitely put him at least 40 or so spots higher. Danny Gatton? Mick Ronson? Who are those guys? Johnny Winter just sounds like he's trying to play like Jack White!"

Anyway, I really like Jack White and I think he's an amazing musician and awesome guitarist. I particularly like his extensive use of digital effects in a way that makes them sound gritty and analog. I thought that aspect of his playing really got swept under the rug in It Might Get Loud, unfortunately.
posted by The World Famous at 2:19 PM on February 2, 2011


Sorry, I wasn't being clear in tone. My comment was incredulous at the idea that one unliked or simplistic performer would set back a gender. Let's go with:

"Really?! People saw Meg White perform and went "Wow, I guess women can't use drums."... Really??"
posted by jscott at 2:21 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The White Stripes would not be the White Stripes without both Jack and Meg.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 2:21 PM on February 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


They would be ... the White Stripe?
posted by jabberjaw at 2:24 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ah, yes jscott. I can confirm that some people saw the White Stripes play and said, "See? I knew women couldn't play drums," but I defer to my earlier comments. Even if, like, Neil Peart held a press conference to reveal that he's been crossdressing all these years, haters would be all, "Ah, I never liked her drumming anyway."
posted by muddgirl at 2:25 PM on February 2, 2011


I just wonder what Ms. Meg White will end up doing. Jack's got it made, but how many people will desire her style of drumming?

Heck, I say, let's find out.
posted by Askiba at 2:28 PM on February 2, 2011


Was not familiar with the White Stripes in 2001 until a friend came to SF and had an extra ticket. Went to see them and they FUCKING BLEW MY MIND with how good they were. And in 2001 I was only 26 but I was still jaded as a motherfucker.

.
posted by josher71 at 2:29 PM on February 2, 2011


Jack's got it made, but how many people will desire her style of drumming?

I would be happy to start a band with her.
posted by The World Famous at 2:33 PM on February 2, 2011


Yeah, I don't think she'll have any problems.
posted by josher71 at 2:34 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


She singlehandedly set female percussionists back 20 years.

Did just fine for drummers, though.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 2:35 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


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.

Thank you Jack and Meg White
posted by Sailormom at 2:35 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Well at least The Kills are about to release a new album, and they're way better than The White Stripes for that whole male+female gritty duo genre.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 2:36 PM on February 2, 2011


Jack and Meg are funny
They got a modern backwards-liberal family code
Brother and sister
Playing rock 'n' roll and doing it on the road
I bet that van begin to stink
But then I wonder - oh - what Christ would think.


Wayne Coyne is a bad bad man.
posted by muddgirl at 2:38 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I still think Discount never got their due.
posted by josher71 at 2:39 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had not heard of them until this post. Seriously. And I don't understand why. I love this music.

Why is this rock above me? Perhaps I should crawl out from under it.
posted by Splunge at 2:53 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Good band, great promotion. What I think I like best about Jack White is bringing his name up around 'professional' musicians and watching 'em get all riled up.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:54 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I love the White Stripes but I hope this means that Jack will do something with a kickass drummer and bass player. And not the Raconteurs - they just don't bring it at a level of intensity that Jack's music needs. Maybe that short time spent with Page and The Edge convinced him to take it up to the next level.
posted by Ber at 2:56 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wish that Page and the Edge were still inspiring. But maybe they are to Jack White.
posted by josher71 at 2:57 PM on February 2, 2011


My only real White Stripes memory is going to a Guided by Voices gig and witnessing Bob Pollard drunkenly (there's no other Bob Pollard) expressing his disgust that Jack White had appeared so highly in Rolling Stones's list of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Bob Pollard should have been disgusted that Rolling Stone was treating artists as contestants in some silly competition.

Anyway, Jack and Meg, thanks for the great music.
posted by rain at 2:59 PM on February 2, 2011


There was a time when everyone I knew was trying to convince me the White Stripes were the best band ever. Every time I'd say I only liked one of their songs and every time they'd nod knowingly and say "Let me guess, Icky Thump?"

I never worked out if Icky Thump was supposed to be some ground breaking piece, or if it was the trashy end that they thought was mainstream enough that even I'd like it.

As it happens, I fecking hate that track. And I still rather like Hotel Yorba.

Which reminds me - the Hotel Yorba video claims it's copyright 2010 even though it was uploaded in 2009...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 3:01 PM on February 2, 2011


If you don't like Meg's drumming, you're no friend of mine.
posted by JBennett at 3:02 PM on February 2, 2011 [8 favorites]


I had not heard of them until this post.

Something, something, desert island, volleyball, something, something.
posted by found missing at 3:05 PM on February 2, 2011


People who bag on Meg White's drumming just aren't in on what Jack and Meg were doing. Jack didn't want Meg to practice or be a skilled drummer. He wanted it to sound childish, imperfect, and rough. So, if you're hating on the artistic decision of a band, I guess that's your choice.
posted by NationalKato at 3:09 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Just randomly linking to a 'Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground' cover that I like.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 3:10 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Raconteurs. Tight as hell imho.
posted by erebora at 3:12 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I remember waking up on the couch back in october of 2002 and seeing the White Stripes on SNL. They were playing We Are Going To Be Friends and I knew I was hearing something good. My 2yr old daughter was still asleep but I knew she would be hearing this song soon. I probably bought White Blood Cells within the next couple of days and have been a fan ever since.
posted by Sailormom at 3:13 PM on February 2, 2011


"They would be ... the White Stripe?"

Wow. I've been a fan of the White Stripes for as long as I can remember and it wasn't until I read this comment that I made the connection between the band name and their last name. Seriously. Now I'm very worried about the other doo-dads of life that I'm Just Not Getting. Keep watching out for me, world.
posted by iamkimiam at 3:13 PM on February 2, 2011


She singlehandedly set female percussionists back 20 years.

They got big around 2002 or 2003, so she set it back to... Sheila E.?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 3:15 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


As spicynuts said earlier, more Dead Weather, please. Sea of Cowards is one of the best rock albums in a decade.
posted by NationalKato at 3:15 PM on February 2, 2011


When it comes to music (and a lot of other things), swagger, style, confidence, courage, and raw talent are a hell of a lot more important than technical skill. Nevertheless, in addition to having those things, Meg knows where the One is better than most drummers out there and Jack consistently plays conspicuously and self-consciously below his technical ability.
posted by The World Famous at 3:15 PM on February 2, 2011


I thought that aspect of his playing really got swept under the rug in It Might Get Loud, unfortunately.

I was super disappointed by that movie. I was all psyched to watch those 3 guys geek out about reverbs and distortion pedals and shit for 2 hours, but instead I got a bunch of biographical bullshit which is basically the least interesting thing about those guys.
posted by empath at 3:18 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yep. And Jack White apparently pretending he doesn't use a lot of the same digital effects that the Edge does. I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that the film's editors just took out the part where he and the Edged compared notes on how to use the various pedals they have in common. The contrast between their actual approaches to identical technological tools is a lot more interesting than the charade of pretending Jack White doesn't use effects.
posted by The World Famous at 3:24 PM on February 2, 2011


She singlehandedly set female percussionists back 20 years.

Singlehandedly? Nah. Mo Tucker had already laid the groundwork.

I like Meg's drumming OK, though. Really. Mostly I liked how such a 'primitive' and idiosyncratic player could reach such heights in the music biz. Showed that, you know, punk wasn't dead. Or something.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:26 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Do the twist.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:27 PM on February 2, 2011


They've always seemed like nice people.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:28 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Only about 5 albums too late...
posted by schyler523 at 3:28 PM on February 2, 2011


This is really bad news for Meg White.

Nah. She was hating it. She'll do just fine.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:29 PM on February 2, 2011


Sorry to leave the E out of your name, though, Moe. I was thinking of that little cleaning robot in Wall-E, I guess.

FOREIGN CONTAMINANT

posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:31 PM on February 2, 2011


I was lucky enough to see them live a few years ago and the energy they brought to the stage was incredible. I'm sorry I never had the chance to see them in a little room.
posted by zzazazz at 3:31 PM on February 2, 2011


The best part about It Might Get Loud was watching Edge just NOT grokking Jack White AT ALL.
posted by entropicamericana at 3:33 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I once got on a plane and walked through business class to see a lame hipster trying to pull off the Jack White look. The hipster gave me a look of hostility, most likely because I had a mocking countenance. About five seconds later I realised it *was* Jack White.
posted by Bubbles Devere at 3:36 PM on February 2, 2011


True Story: The first time I ever saw Stevie Ray Vaughan on TV - about 6 months ago, on some PBS show - I thought, "Wow, Jack White has really let himself go!"
posted by muddgirl at 3:42 PM on February 2, 2011


Meg's style is primitive and primal. Big, rough, raw, intense sound. She makes a boom to fill the room... tons of soul, lots of personality, nothing is wasted on pointless polish or needless noodling.

She had the misfortune of arriving during a time when hypertechnical styles were in vogue with percussion enthusiasts, and the much greater fortune of playing with someone who's sound was a natural match for her own, a raucus, manic guitarist who slid right into the ideal of doing more with less.

By the time the White Stripes hit the scene, rock was dead meat... they couldn't save it, but they made damn sure it went down swinging.
posted by Slap*Happy at 3:44 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Jack White killing it. He's not technically amazing, but neither was Hendrix. They both put in one million percent.
posted by notion at 3:51 PM on February 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


They made some really great music together and I'm sad to see them break up. But if this means that college marching bands and pep bands will stop playing the Seven Nation Army riff over and over and over again at every single football and basketball game, I'm ok with that.
posted by Balonious Assault at 3:52 PM on February 2, 2011


Still my favorite White Stripes song. What?
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:08 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


* waits patiently for schmod to prove any talent at drumming; assumes Meg could probably still kick schmod's ass 15 times over and be polite about it *

Christ, I don't know what's worse - that they've officially broken up or that in 2010 there are still numbnuts who criticize Meg's playing ability. Have you heard her play? Perhaps it's just more fun to slag her than you know, listen to her playing.

I'm pissed at Jack's passive aggressive releasing this note 3 years too late, but hope they're both well and happy with what life is. I have a feeling I'll still need about 3 decades to get as excited by the Dead Weather or any other side projects of Jack's; something still in my mind finds the White Stripes damn near to perfection as there will ever be.
posted by rmm at 4:30 PM on February 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Christ, I don't know what's worse - that they've officially broken up or that in 2010 there are still numbnuts who criticize Meg's playing ability.

Why would the passage of time change that?
posted by The World Famous at 4:34 PM on February 2, 2011


Jack White's a very good guitarist... But I think what really distinguishes him is that he just works his ass off. He has a lot of projects, and he seems to throw himself into each one entirely. That kind of dedication tends to produce high-quality work.
posted by mr_roboto at 4:40 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't know if she's a good drummer or a bad drummer but her drumming is certainly far more basic than it could be which leads people to criticize.
posted by josher71 at 4:41 PM on February 2, 2011


her drumming is certainly far more basic than it could be

When it comes to rock and roll, basic = good.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:45 PM on February 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


favourite white stripes track.

Unfortunately only saw them perform once live (shortly after Jack White had some pretty nasty vocal injuries) and they weren't up to their normal caliber. But Dead Weather and the Raconteurs are awesome.
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 4:46 PM on February 2, 2011


When it comes to rock and roll, basic = good.]

Yes, I agree. However, her drumming is even more basic than usual. So much so that people notice.
posted by josher71 at 4:47 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wondered if there would be any more albums. I moved to the Detroit metro area in 2001 and had a hellish 1.5 hour commute across the city's suburbs for the first two years. I discovered the White Stripes made that commute not so bad...
posted by Slothrop at 4:47 PM on February 2, 2011


I used to love White Stripes, myself, but somewhere along the way, they turned into Blueshammer.
posted by katillathehun at 4:54 PM on February 2, 2011


This is really bad news for Meg White.

Something tells me that Ray LaMontagne would work with her.
posted by quadog at 4:56 PM on February 2, 2011


He's not technically amazing, but neither was Hendrix.

What.
posted by kersplunk at 5:00 PM on February 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Damn.

On the upside, if Meg has some extra free time now, maybe I'll resubmit my proposal.

Also, Jack and Wanda gave me chills the other night.
posted by Duke999R at 5:11 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh, weird. I haven't heard about any newer bands breaking up in a while, though I'm sure it happens all the time with bands I don't care anything about or haven't heard of.
posted by limeonaire at 5:11 PM on February 2, 2011


I haven't heard about any newer bands breaking up in a while, though I'm sure it happens all the time with bands I don't care anything about or haven't heard of.

something's happened somewhere,
something i just got word of
a band has broken up,
a band i never heard of
that song they did, that song...
to which i'd never listened
was a cold and distant star,
for me it never glistened
the singer had a voice,
and he used a microphone
perhaps he sometimes whispered
gave a shout, or else a moan
i think they had a drummer,
i guess they had guitar
they probbly started out
at some dingy local bar
i don't believe i ever heard
a mention of their name
but now they've broken up,
and things will never be the same
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:32 PM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


But if this means that college marching bands and pep bands will stop playing the Seven Nation Army riff over and over and over again at every single football and basketball game, I'm ok with that.

There's something about that riff that seems to resonate the world over. Here are five covers of that song, each from a different country with different instrumentation (the nyckelharpa?)
posted by Sailormom at 5:36 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm downloading Betty's solo album right now!
posted by Brocktoon at 5:59 PM on February 2, 2011


real music doesn't necessarily have to have a million notes or killer drum fills or have to have been played by prodigy genuises.
ehh. people who don't get what meg's about never will get it, and it's useless to try to explain it to them....

i figured it was some kind of shtick at first, and then i got infected. their raw, primal, bare-bones, howling rock and roll got under my skin and i never looked back....
posted by g.i.r. at 6:30 PM on February 2, 2011


I once hitchhiked out of Las Vegas on the 4th of July, mostly hiking as I got no ride. It was hot, but half as hopeless; I had Jack and Meg by my side.
posted by Catblack at 7:40 PM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


In my senior year of high school, it was a "thing" for one of my groups of friends to ride in my car late at night - all of us singing "We're Going To Be Friends" in unison. Good times. I still know it word for word.
posted by Evernix at 8:27 PM on February 2, 2011


He's not technically amazing, but neither was Hendrix.

What.


Hendrix showed insane musicality but not necessarily ground-breaking technique. As a matter of fact, I remember reading a back-page guitar magazine article when I was but a lad in the mid-90s called something like "Remember When Hendrix Sucked?". This article described the general dissing of Hendrix among guitar enthusiasts from the late 70s through the 80s (at least the kind of guitar enthusiasts that wrote for guitar magazines). This blew my mind as a classic-rock-loving hendrix-canon-unquestioning young guitarlet.
posted by thedaniel at 9:20 PM on February 2, 2011


Hendrix showed insane musicality but not necessarily ground-breaking technique.

Yeah, that's just not true. Hendrix, like Jimmy Page and Jack White, was sloppy. But his technique was, in fact, ground-breaking where Jack White's just simply isn't. The guys in the late '70s and the '80s who dissed Hendrix were doing so based on Hendrix' sloppiness. And that was because nobody could come up with any way to play guitar that was cooler than what he did. Instead, they all sat around practicing their scales and getting fast.

Let's contrast Jack White and this. Hendrix' Monterey Pop performance was 44 years ago. That was groundbreaking.

Jack White is awesome. He puts together unbelievably bad-ass riffs and his ability to mold a band and arrange a song is incredible. But he's no Hendrix.
posted by The World Famous at 9:57 PM on February 2, 2011


Good riddance!
posted by XhaustedProphet at 10:33 PM on February 2, 2011


Technically, nobody could touch Hendrix for what he wanted to do. Really, ask Jeff Beck. Ask Jeff Beck about Meg White's drumming while you're there.
posted by Wolof at 10:53 PM on February 2, 2011


I would be glad to ask Jeff Beck about Meg White's drumming. Unfortunately, I'm not presently worthy to stand in Jeff Beck's presence. So I'll just have to assume that he would agree that Meg White's drumming is just right and rocks.
posted by The World Famous at 11:08 PM on February 2, 2011


ah well, at least we still have Wolfmother.
posted by 00dimitri00 at 11:49 PM on February 2, 2011


The sheer boringosity of Jack White's non-White Stripes projects have convinced me that Meg was at least 50% of the magic there.
posted by speicus at 12:26 AM on February 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I can't find the original interview, but here's the gist as I remember it from here:

You know what Jeff Beck said when an interviewer asked him about the Stripes who he played Yardbirds songs with at a birthday gig ?

"Oh man they're great. But she's the gold dust. Jack knows that too."
posted by Wolof at 2:39 AM on February 3, 2011


they turned into Blueshammer

I am now imaging a 70s-style rock/blues band made up from characters and races from Warhammer 40k. Ultramarine on vocals, Child on the Emperor wailing away on guitar, a Weird Boy banging at a custom drum kit, and a stone cold Necron laying down a bass line. They practice very night in order to beat that Eldar-lead prog rock group at this month's Battle of the Bands, 1500 pts competition.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:27 AM on February 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I think I speak for many people when I say I don't give two wet farts what Jeff Beck thinks.
posted by entropicamericana at 7:59 AM on February 3, 2011


I think I speak for many people when I say I don't give two wet farts what Jeff Beck thinks.

I think I speak for many people when I say I don't give two wet farts what entropicamericana thinks.

Just sayin'.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:13 AM on February 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Please. We're in a recession and wet farts don't grow on trees. Can I just give a little SBD instead?
posted by Burhanistan at 8:15 AM on February 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I've played a lot of drums. Meg is a good drummer. Not a great drummer, but someone with a distinctive style. And that's far more important than paradiddling to infinity at warp factor seven.
posted by Bubbles Devere at 8:24 AM on February 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


Tika dimi taka dimi
posted by josher71 at 10:10 AM on February 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 7:30 AM on February 4, 2011


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