I wouldn't be playing music if it wasn't for them.
for years though and it was always doubtful that theyd play again. they was never one of my favourite bands on cd , cant say i ever used to listen them, but the few times i saw them they were really good :) id say they will be missed but its not like jack white wont ever play again in some form be it in a group or solo
So Jack wasn't just using a succession of other bands to scratch various itches before going back to doing things properly? He believes in hoary 70s rock tropes that much?
hate to break it to you jack, but ALL YOUR OTHER BANDS ARE SHIT. utter shit. you need the white stripes to, y'know, NOT be shit.
Never got to see them play :(
But they've served their purpose. Good time to call it quits methinks.
their first two albums are excellent and it went gradually downhill from there. They were brilliant live though..
White Blood Cells was a masterpiece!
This band got me into guitar-based music. Aw.
opinions and arseholes though eh...
which was a bit of a drab affair tbh; would have loved to see them somewhere a little more intimate.
Brilliant sign off from them.
Oh, I'm cold. But in all honesty I've never really taken to them and I don't think any new material from them would be anywhere close to their best.
Jack White's ego, at this point, is so out of control that this is probably the best news the White Stripes could announce
huge demand for her drumming and singing skills.
the closest thing I personally have to the Beatles splitting up
I saw them at the Loui in Bristol in 2001 (?) and they were bloody fantastic.
Considering everything Jack White has done over the past three or four years has been singularly awful, it's good news he won't have a chance to butcher the band's good name in the future.
made me feel incredibly sad and nostalgic. Ah, 2001.
Jack's songs outside of The White Stripes are shite, and no-one's going to buy a Meg solo album.
Fuck fuck fuck.
De Stijl and Elephant are two of the best albums of the last ten years. Always hoped there'd reach those heights again. Guess not.
what a fucking record.
As people've said last two albums weren't a patch on earlier stuff but still amazing.
Was lucky enough to catch them at Empress Ballroom in Blackpool when they filmed 'Under Blackpool Lights' so have a kick ass DVD of the occasion too. It was one of the finest gigs I've ever been too, with the massive sprung floor going grazy.
Apparently they went to Jenks' as well which just cements their legend.
Jack White couldn't give a fuck about the White Stripes anymore, which is why it's fizzled out in such a non-descript manner.
I hate when bands split up several years after their last crappy album came out and then try to gloss up the demise with some pish about integrity when the real reason is probably 'Shit, I thought I ended this years ago'. They should at least try to make it realistic and bow out with a really swell last album.
at least a money spinning little farewell tour.
around the time of White Blood Cells, in Detroit, and it was fucking insane. Farewell Jack White, you are now completely boring.
And Icky Thump was great. White Blood Cells will always be my favourite though.
And none of Jack's other projects has made it seem as he if he'll ever do anything exciting ever again.
But I can't help feeling a little sad. White Blood Cells was out just as I was starting to get into music. I still remember watching Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground for the first time, and wanting to learn to play guitar.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Slow news day or not - seeing that gushing full page article about them in The Sun (or was it The Mirror? I forget) was incredible.
That Live Under Blackpool Lights DVD of theirs is fucking IMMENSE too...
I was about eleven or twelve and still listening to the radio regularly around the time both those bands sort of steamrolled through the Nickelbacks and Three Doors Downs. It sounded way more alive than nu metal and Nickelbackcore and the whole post-grunge hangover that was choking mainstream rock music. Of course with the Strokes, as soon as I listened to Television and the Velvet Underground I was like "ok, I see what you did there, not such a novel concept" but White Blood Cells holds up as a totally badass album. Having them on the radio right next to Incubus was helpful in showing just how bad things had gotten, and I thank them for that.
The Simpson's episode with it is amazing
Comparable to JSBX tearing shit up on Recovery - classic music TV moment.
SO FUCKING GOOD
But I sort of assumed they had split up ages ago.
Have been obsessed with them since the year 2000, adore all their albums, videos and every live show I've seen by them. Hate all the "they're just retro garage rock" comments as they were one of the most beautifully oddball, experimental (within a framework) bands I know of. Get Behind Me Satan especially is an underrated masterpiece but all their records from the first to the last are awesome.
I love the statement. Great way to end a flawless career.
Great album. Kind of ignored them for some reason until that came along. Loved all the marimba vibes going on.
I think the fact that 'Little Room' is my favourite White Stripes songs probably says more about me than about them, but still. I preferred them to Jack Whites multiplcity of side project drivel.
On a similar bent, it made me wonder what The Dirtbombs (one of the many Detroit bands people hooted about in the wake of White Blood Cells) are doing. Turns out they've recorded an album of ludicrous Detroit Techno covers, reviewed on Pitchfork this very day. Not entirely sure if I like it, but I'll embrace this sort of lunacy any day of the year.
Neither would I, actually. The first two songs I ever learned were Hotel Yorba and We're Going To Be Friends. I think I'm definitely going to need a bit of a mourning period, honestly.
I just feel sad now.
that a band so wilfully odd managed to get so big. They were brilliant and I'll miss them a lot.
They will inevitably do at least a one-off or a tour sometime.
But the first four were absolutely blistering.
I'd largely lost interest in a lot of guitar music that was sloshing around during the second half of the 90s. But when someone played me Jolene and Hello Operator it was a spark that ignited the flames. And for that, and what followed, I'm immensely grateful.
Incidentally, those two tracks were downloaded mp3s - my first practical memory of properly listening (via an amp and speakers) to music from a computer, as opposed to originating from physical media. Went on to buy the vinyl LPs tho, which seemed far more in keeping with the band.
am I alone in way preferring Elephant over White Blood Cells?
but it's easily my favourite by them.
2. Very wrong
3. That's fine with me
First 4 albums great, think they started to lose the passion somewhat thereafter. Best indoor gig I've ever been to was their New to Q show at Shepherds Bush in 2002 when they sounded fresh and vital, the atmosphere was electric and Jack owned the whole stage. Wasn't the same for me later on at increasingly bigger venues (Brixton then Ally Pally). And don't diss Meg, she was great in her own way and got the job done - a great intuitive drummer, good at improvising and had a telepathic connection with Jack - don't forget they never had set lists. Also admired the fact they managed to stick out the red/white/black colour scheme for all that time never faltering for the sake of art!
Someone's been practicing I see!
all of the songs that have had a big impact on me.
I was waiting for the day when Jack was gonna announce the comeback. I guess not. :(
The first three albums were excellent and the early live shows were incredible.
Sure, they got lumped in with (and played up to), the 'New' 'Rock' 'Revolution' tag(has there ever been such a phrase where every single word is a misnomer?), but the fact that such a deliberately odd group made it so big is quite wonderful really.
It was retro, sure, but in an era of appalling nu-metal, it was something raw and primal, all wrapped up in an artfully contrived mythology and style.
been out at a gig and got back to see about this on nme.com. I had tickets for the last tour that got cancelled a few days before, and always hoped I would get the chance to see them at some point but it's obviously not meant to be.
I only bother with the first 3 albums nowadays. They're all good though, De Stijl being the best.
'Well it's true that we love one another' being their worst song. There, I said it!
listen to Jack rip through Black Math, Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine, Little Acorns, Ball & Biscuit or any of the classic singles off the record...just phenomenal.
but it's still my least favourite album of theirs. But this is all so silly! can't we all just get along and fuck each other senseless!
but was surprised to learn while having a peruse through their back catalogue that jimi'i'm an encyclopaedic basshead'theexploder is named after on of their songs. Who'da thunk it!?
there was an old Bright Eyes thread bumped recently where he professed his love for them
then QMU later that year then Carling Academy either 2002 or 2003 then stopped going to see them as the venues got bigger. I really miss John Peel, his show was great for hearing bands like this and getting to see them live long before they became huge and they're still playing venues like Tuts
will need to have a rummage through my old film photos and find the ones from this gig. Think it's a good time for them to call it a day
I've probably got it on tape from Peel :)
That version of St James Infirmary Blues on the Vegas show is great.
the fact they appeared on Conan or whatever last year suggests they must have been trying to get things going again, but I guess it didn't work...
The problem with Jack White is that talented as he is, just writing a great song and performing it himself seems to freak him out a bit... for all the theatre intrinsic to the White Stripes, they were about the closest he came to just writing his own songs... all his other projects he has to semi-disingenuously fade into the background. Hey ho, there probably wasn't much more The White Stripes could do without sounding like The White Stripes anymore.
but they were rather good just sounding like the White Stripes.
I was never a mega-fan, but I did go see them once. I think I was motivated by their opening act, Autolux or somebody...and I missed them anyway. But the White Stripes kicked ass onstage. Beck came out and played a couple tunes with them, and I was like, Wow, Jack and Meg (and I'm sick of hearing that she can't play...she sounded alright to me: simple but spot on) put on a great show!
You know, all things must pass. Fair enough, but that doesn't mean I gotta be okay with it. They were a quality act.
that I haven't listened to the records for way too long. Tomorrow at work I will listen to all six, that should speed the day up.
First band I obsessed over to the point of owning everything they released. Made me learn guitar. Was really the gateway band to listening to good music. So I reckon I owe them quite a lot.
Don't know how I feel about the whole thing. I listened to Icky Thump the other day and although it contains a few good tracks it seemed like they had lost some of the magic that made them what they were at their peak. So maybe it was best that they stopped now. In my opinion their 1st 4 albums are flawless.
Would have been nice to see them live one last time though. There was no other band who could create such an atmosphere and chemistry with just two people. The Wolverhampton gig I went to (I think on the day Elephant reached Number One) where Jack crawled onto stage on his belly was the best gig I have ever been to. And I will never forget the cover of 'Maps' when they headlined Reading. That felt like a very special moment.
Whilst a couple of their albums were hit and miss i thought they were a fucking incredible live band and Jack Whites guitar playing sent shivers down my spine live. For me that's how the guitar is supposed to sound.
not that I've listened to them properly in years. Someone put them on at a party the other day actually and I remembered how much I like them. Might have to play Elephant later. Only ever got to see them when they headlined Reading and that was a bit dull, can imagine they would have been great in a smaller place.
Good way to bow out, glad the O2 monster was cancelled.
they'll reform down the line for a few select live shows.
AND unreleased material will still be coming out.
Jack's got kids and Meg's married now, fair play to them, they've had a brilliant career and one of few bands to have a decent unblemished discography.
Bit gutted, but I got to see them live pre-Seven Nation Army which is what counts.
at the time of Seven Nation Army? On the day Elephant was released in fact. Does that count? I thought they were pretty good live. Very ramshackle mind, they were playing Wolverhampton Civic Hall, which even then felt slightly too big for a two piece.
...was OK, but I'm struggling to think of a more overrated band from the last decade. And they did a fucking Coke ad. Integrity?
Outrageous! What a crime!
but what about HER? She married Jackson Smith - or are they brother & sister?
2/2/11 seeing as they were so obsessed with the number three (colours, vox/gui/drum, third man, The Big Three Killed, etc)
no, i get it. i've gone crazy.
I noticed this too.
Jack White would expect nothing less.
Anyway, a big shame this. I either like or love all their albums with the exception of 'Get Behind Me Satan' (which nevertheless has the best packaging).
as ever, that piece is just a jumping off point for discussion...