Well, this sucks...

>> Thursday, February 03, 2011

Dammit, The White Stripes have broken up. Aw, maaaaaaaaan.

It's a no-win situation, you know. If Jack and Meg had kept going and going and going, and fifteen years from now were releasing their seventy-seventh sucktackular album in a row, I'm sure I'd be bitching that The White Stripes should have broken up in 2011 while they were still good (or 2007, when their last album came out, but you get the idea). It's hard to know what a band is supposed to do. Persevere as long as they're having fun, whether they're any good or not and regardless of whether the fans still show? Quit while they're ahead, leaving the world wishing they'd done just one more album or one more show or things had somehow gone on? There are so many acts out there you'd wish had done another record and so many acts you wish they'd just called it years ago, and you never know which one a band is until after they've released that last album.

Well, The White Stripes are over, at least for now. And they're the kind of sincere, artsy bastards who probably won't be back to milk it with a few hundred farewell tours, too, so we probably aren't going to see them for a while, maybe forever. Or, who knows, maybe they'll be back in some new form--that's exactly the kind of thing Jack White would do, isn't it? "Here's my new band, same as the old band except we have a new name and, I dunno, we're eurodisco now..."?

I had the pleasure of seeing the Stripes a number of years ago. Quite a number of years ago--it had to be the late '90s or early Oughts; I'm thinking it must have been 2000 or 2001 but it could have been 1999 and it probably wasn't much later than that. It was pretty much just Jack and Meg--I don't remember them having any support onstage, though I may be misremembering--and they were loud as fuck, which was just beautiful, I mean, the pair of them sounded like a full band, you know? Great show. I'd tell you to catch them if they're ever in your area, but, you know.

An oldie but a goodie--"Seven Nation Army"; the Stripes are dead, long live the Stripes:


Jim Wright Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 12:16:00 AM EST  

You know, I'm such a square, Daddy-O, that I didn't even know who the hell the White Stripes were.

I thought maybe you hit a skunk on the way home.


My captcha is "SPQR." SPQR, like Rome. Awesome.

Jeri Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 1:25:00 AM EST  

Hey - a musical choice you and I have in common! Go figure. ;)

Nathan Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 1:48:00 AM EST  

I had some rudimentary awareness of the existence of White Stripes. Does that count?

Eric Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 9:20:00 AM EST  

Jim: the probably unintended irony of your retro-comment is that the Stripes sound was primarily a throwback to the grungy sound of early-'70s Detroit with sidelong references to pre-WWII blues and classic (as in Hank Williams and Patsy Cline) country. (When Jack White produced a Loretta Lynn record in 2004, it was less weird than it was, "Of course he did.")

Y'know, you'd probably like them.

Jeri: had to happen sooner or later. :)

Nathan: not really.

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