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The White Stripes

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In rotating peppermint short, The White Stripes are brilliant. A lot of 70s-ish noise and only two people making all of it. I loved the White Blood Cells album when I first heard it, and got myself their debut album and the De Stijl LP as well since. In fact I even bought the Fell in Love with a Girl 7" - despite hating 7"s because they're so much work to play (and switching the speed is a bit tricky on my record player). And I guess after seeing them live at the Logo in Hamburg this spring, I was somewhat devoted.

With everybody rightly saying that their debut album pretty much sounds like Led Zeppelin (which I consider a good thing of course), I thought you could reverse that statement. When re-listening to Led Zeppelin III, the second last song on the B-side, Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp caught my attention. “Just like the White Stripes”, I thought.

While it were songs like Hotel Yorba or Little Room that got me hooked in the first place - and are still my favourites for DJing, I started to think De Stijl is an even better album, with the first and last songs of the B-side, Truth doesn't make a noise and Your Southern Can Is Mine being brilliant in a “It's not Rock'n'Roll but I like it”-way, not to forget You're Pretty Good Looking.

Yesterday, I finally watched Fast Forward again after a long time. It's probably the only reasonable show on German music television. They were running a show on New York and apparently cool US bands in general. And it was the first time I saw the Dark Leaves and the Dirty Ground video by the White Stripes. It's not my favourite song on the album, but the video is definitely brilliant, showing two storylines at the same time by having one played for real and the other projected onto the scene. Very well done, very cool and yes, I do want to see it again. Also, Jack has a very Robert Smith-esque hairstyle in the video.

It might sound silly
For me to think childish thoughts like these,
But I'm so tired of acting tough
And I'm gonna do as I please.

November 14, 2002, 23:54

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