'Painting The Town ... White'!
Detroit minimalist rock duo (specifically, southwest Detroit minimalist rock duo) the White Stripes - Jack White, guitar and vocals, Meg White, drums - formed in 1997 (Bastille Day, to be precise) with the idea of making simple rock & roll music. From the red and white peppermint candy motif of their debut singles, self-titled album, and stage show to their on-the-surface rudimentary style, they succeeded wildly and immediately with that mission.
In spring 2003 their fourth full-length, Elephant - recorded in two weeks at London's Toerag Studio and dedicated to "the death of the sweetheart" - arrived to nearly unanimous critical acclaim. Not bad for a brother and sister from southwest Detroit!!
Chatting exclusively with Jack White, I first wondered if he recalled their first appearance on the cult British music show 'Top Of The Pops'? "Yeah. We did 'Hotel Yorba'. We were glad to be on because of the history of the show and so many amazing people have done it. It was nice to be part of that history."
Just how aware are you of that history? "The show is very popular in America. It's an historical marker, I think."
Weren't you here when Paul McCartney was here?! "Yes, that's right. We were in the corridor, he came out and everyone else came running out and then stopped really still. I don't know if he liked this guy in red coming up to shake his hand. He must have thought I was from the Manson family or something. He was nice though!"
What do you call your kind of music? "It's like Broadway Punk!"
Are you finding any other Broadway Punk bands out there are following in your wake? "No, we're the one and only!"
If you could take just three possessions on holiday what would you take with you?! "A bible, a towel and a bucket of water. It's all about cleansing!"
What are your inspirations if you are the one and only Punk Broadway Band? "Cole Porter and The Buzzcocks."
Interviewed By James Dudley For Exclusive Magazine
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