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The White Stripes seem to 'have made it'. They were on so many magazine covers recently, including Germany's Rolling Stone and Intro magzines. I also saw posters advertising their new album in the Underground while I was in London.
They even had a full-page interview in our daily newspaper today. In the interview they pointed out their not-liking of new technology, pointing out that their new album – will have to get it sooner rather than later – was produced entirely on analogue gear. They also seem to be sceptical about modern means of 'communication' using mobile phones and the internet.
While at the topic of The White Stripes, I have to mention the re-run of the Fast Forward episode with the White Stripes I saw shortly before leaving for my holiday. It was recorded in a hotel room with Jack sitting on the bed doing the talking and Meg lying there, sleeping. The songs they played were
- Beck, Devil's Haircut – definitely a very cool song by a cool artist. Don't like his latest album too much, though.
- Bob Dylan, Tangled In Blue – video of some live performance with Bob Dylan wearing white makeup that makes him look really scary and ill.
- Beth Gibbons and Rustin' Man, Mysteries – Dan copied this for me. I find it quite relaxing and it reminds me of Joan Baez.
- Death in Vegas feat. Liam Gallagher, Scorpio Rising – Didn't like that one too much, probably because I find Liam's voice annoying. I am also deeply sceptical about songs 'featuring' other people.
- Johnny Cash, Hurt – Nice one. I am not really a Johnny Cash person, thinking he is to country-ish for my taste ever since I heard that old Johnny Cash CD my dad has. I changed my mind concerning the The man comes around record that my dad got last christmas, though. Quite cool.
- The White Stripes, Hotel Yorba – what can I say, one of their best songs. It seems to be underrated by many people, though.
- Brendan Benson, Tiny Spark – He's from Detroit as well. The song wasn't bad, though I didn't really get the hang of it.
- John Lee Hooker, Boom Boom – a classic. I'm not particularly fond of it, though. Probably owed to The White Stripes' appreciation for old-fashioned blues-style music.
- The Avalanches, Frontier Psychiatrist – Jack warned viewers to look out for the drummer in there. Definitely a fun video to watch and song to listen to. Jack couldn't resist pointing out that he disapproved of the sampling, though.
- Sigur Rós, Viðrar vel til loftárása – this must have been a special version of the song, considering that the CD version lasts for over ten minutes. The video is well done and tells a sad little story. Jack said he didn't know this song but Meg wanted it played and she could be trusted on those things.
- Good witch of the South, Did it – hadn't heard of before, didn't find it too remarkable either.
- Electric 6, Danger! High Voltage – another fun song and video by a band from Detroit.
As the show was a repeat broadcast, I wonder when it was recorded. Apparently they played in Hamburg the same day. I was at their Hamburg gig last spring. But were the Beth Gibbons and Johnye Cash records already out by then? I tried to find out on the web but couldn't find another gig. I found a collection of songs and videos
April 5, 2003, 4:32