Sunday, July 15, 2007

Ten Little Known Facts About the White Stripes...

To help celebrate their ten years of performing together, here are ten juicy nuggets of White Stripes trivia you may or may not have heard before...

- If you listen closely, you can hear the pet chihuahua Elroy on the song "Sugar Never Tasted So Good"

- the first White Stripes silk-screened poster (not including the Gutterfest '99 mention) was printed on thrift store LP's (not the sleeves but the actual records) for a show in Milwaukee opening for the Mistreaters in 1999. These were printed by Eric Von Munz.

- No one has yet to successfully discover the final easter egg from their Under Blackpool Lights DVD.

- They have played "Do You Love Me Know?" by the Breeders and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Otis Redding in rehearsals, but never in the live setting.

- Their first show outside of the Detroit area was in Toronto at Club Shanghai on October 14th, 1997.

- The first magazine that ever put the White Stripes on the cover was a photocopied fanzine called Hot Dog.

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the White Stripes have opened for both the Pretty Things and the Rolling Stones

- the 3" record for "The Denial Twist" is only available personally from Jack White

- people who've performed live on stage with the band include (but are not limited to): Chris McInnis, Chris Mistreater, Steve Nawara, Steve Damstra, Beck, Jeff Beck, Johnny Walker, Jack Lawrence, Jools Holland, Hector Macquarrie and Loretta Lynn

- no one has yet to properly identify the mysterious white object in Jack White's hand on the cover art for the album Get Behind Me Satan

Got any good triva yourselves? Post it in the comments. I live for this shit.

34 comments:

Roxxan said...

- No one has yet to successfully discover the final easter egg from their Under Blackpool Lights DVD.

- no one has yet to properly identify the mysterious white object in Jack White's hand on the cover art for the album Get Behind Me Satan


oh shit. REALLY? argh.

FernandoDANTE said...

-The weird cable coming out of Meg's dress on the cover of Elephant. What's that?

-The woman in a black dress on the cover of Icky Thump (also featured on the booklet). Who is she?

-The setlists from the 2006 Japan Tour are mysteriously missing from the official website. They used to be there, but they disappeared.

I know there's more stuff I can remember...

Dan said...

I refuse to believe that there is still another easter egg, even after the hints that you supposedly gave me, I just don't believe that it exists.

Anonymous said...

- jacks nephew showed australia how big of a toss he is during the big day out.

Distracted said...

-the lafayette blues 45 lists both tracks as Bsides

-the word 'boner' appears in the lyrics booklet for the track Screwdriver on the S/T in the line 'take a little dog a bone'

-Ashtray heart has only been performed live once.

-Jack and Meg both appear as characters in the Whirlwind Heat's Promotional Colouring book.

-the first show for the Elephant tour took place in a run down cinema in London's portobello and was a press invite show only, invitations were slipped into copies of XL's Annual Sampler CD.

-The white stripes have only played Ireland twice in their 10 years together. Despite Meg's penchant for Jameson whiskey! :)

Ben, how does one silkscreen onto a record? Pics??

Anonymous said...

What is the final easter egg on UBL?
I don't believe there is one.

Colin said...

* no person other than Jack or Meg has had their face appear on the cover of any of the official releases of the six White Stripes albums

The Get Behind Me Satan LP is promo-only so I'm not counting that one.

Closest contenders are the silhouettes on WBC (the shot revealing who the silhouettes are is on the insert); the skull on Elephant and the lady in the background on Icky Thump (whose face you can't see)

I'm not counting the horse on the back cover of Icky Thump either

FernandoDANTE said...

-The Icky Thump 7" lists Jack White as the author of Baby Brother, while it's actually a cover.

FernandoDANTE said...

-The GBMS booklet reads "Get Behind Me Satan was performed by The White Stripes which are Meg and Jack White respectively". Respectively?

-Suzy Lee appears on 3 albums: there's a song on the self-titled album called "Suzy Lee"; the song "We're Going to be Friends", from White Blood Cells, has "Walk with me, Suzy Lee" in the lyrics; Get Behind Me Satan is "dedicated to Suzy Lee, wherever she may be..."

Red Wendy said...

My theory is that "the mysterious white object" on GBMS is a ceramic filter of some sort...hot gas or water, perhaps?

As for my contribution of trivia...I can only offer up that which is unrelated to The White Stripes. Did you know that Johnny Cash wrote the vast majority of his songs in a three to four year period? This is according to In The Country Of Country by Nicholas Dawidoff...recommended reading if you're into obscure roots history.

gr3ggles said...

Don't forget they also opened for Pavement! Spit Tour '99, homie. Good evening Raleigh-Durham!

Sodwee said...

Did you know the white stripes first TV appearance in France happenned last June, the 10th for Album de la semaine canal plus. They played a 75 minute set. Heard Jack & Meg were amazed of the audience feedback. Redcandycane.net had been offered 30 tickets from the band.

FernandoDANTE said...

-The Elephant booklet contains a picture of Tesla's hand holding a lightbulb.

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FernandoDANTE said...

-The object Jack is holding on the cover of Get Behind Me Satan is a Tesla Coil bulb. I think.

http://www.johndyer.com/BulbArcE.jpg

Anonymous said...

There is no one named fernandodante on any white stripe records, though a kid named fernando lived down the street from Jack and meg.

Christopher Chouinard said...

I bought a silk handscreened White Stripes / Paybacks poster off a rather dis-sheveled looking fellow of questionable state of mind in the lower landing of Hart Plaza during a Polish Festival once. I paid $5.00 . It was rolled,and he told me he took it off the wall at a record store. Anyway you look at it, it was a Gary Grimshaw - so it was a buy at $5.00 . I can do without one more PBR . It now sits as the centerpiece, framed behind my white stripes ( candy cane) colored vase in my living room. Not trivia, but a damn fine yarn eh ?

FernandoDANTE said...

Ok, anonymous poster, how do you know that?

red wendy said...

It's not that I have nothing better to do on a Friday night but I just got home from another funeral in another state and I need something to distract me besides bad television.

The Little Roomers have decided that "the mysterious white object" is a bulb from a Tesla Coil but I ruled that out some time ago for reasons I no longer recall. Confirm or deny?

And what about the fact that every one of their albums has a song with Little in the title? Is this intentional or is it simply a word rooted in Jack's subconscious? I don't believe in coincidences, so what does this mean for the past, present or future? Responses from a Magic 8 Ball are bunk though I suppose a Ouija Board could be used to unearth the answer, given the proper circumstances, of course.

Is Baby Brother, in fact, a cover? If so, who wrote and/or performed the original? And who's ass is gonna get fired for that whopper of a typographical error? I choose not to believe until you tell me otherwise.

Cough it up...we want answers (with the exception of that last impolite question).

FernandoDANTE said...

-The liner notes on Under Blackpool Lights claim that Fell in Love with a Girl, Little Room, Sugar Never Tasted So Good and We're Going to be Friends can be seen on the DVD, while they're not actually on the track list.

Does that have anything to do with the last easter egg?

FernandoDANTE said...

-The pigeon on the Elephant CD is the famous white pigeon that Nikola Tesla took care of until the day it died, at which point he knew that it should be the end of his career.

-That tower on the news section of www.whitestripes.com is one of Tesla's works.

By the way, I'm not getting all of this by myself.

Anonymous said...

You are being extremely irritating fernando please go away. You're stealing all your answers from the Little Room anyway.

FernandoDANTE said...

^^No, I'm not getting all of this from the Little Room. Sure, some of it I got from the LR, but it's not like I'm trying to take credit for it. I already admitted I'm not getting all of this by myself. The pigeon trivia was posted by the user "annelo". The Tesla bulb from the GBMS cover was posted by the user "CupOfCoffee". The Tesla bulb from the Elephant booklet trivia came from me and the user "littleacorngirl". There.

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Anonymous said...

jack was born with a tail.

Anonymous said...

baby brother is a cover . original was by "bill carter and the roving gamblers" - you can find it on the " radio cramps:the purple knif show"-compilation. or-if your german stands the test- read here: http://www.ungawa-records.de/blog/
there you´ll find a link to a small snippet of the original

Red Wendy said...

Huh. Thanks "anonymous" for the dirt on Baby Brother...apparently, Ben is MIA. We're on our knees for information about the mysterious white object and mythological easter egg. Are you under a gag order? Must I pin you down and inject you with truth serum, Mr. Blackwell? It doesn't please me to be so demanding but one can only crawl on the kitchen wall for so long.

Distracted said...

two copies of the first ever stripes silkscreen that ben mentions were available from here

http://www.luckystarstudio.com/shop/items/LS_item_51_007.html

that was until i bought one, and a good friend of mine bought the other-

the full story of von Munz's vinyl silkscreen for the White Stripes/Mistreaters can be found here-

http://www.luckystarstudio.com/inter_LS/VM_WS.html

Mandy said...

That would be rad to at least see a photo of the silk-screened record by Eric Von Munz. Anyone have one? Ben?

Distracted said...

eh go to the link in the above post!

Colin said...

The lyrics about molecules and cigarette ashes in "300mph Torrential Outpour Blues" were previously heard when "Your Southern Can Is Mine" was introduced at The High Dive, Champaign, IL on 2000.06.29

You can hear it for yourself here

cch said...

"hot dog"? is that the same "hot dog" that featured mc hammer on the cover circa 1992 and was given out for free in michigan elementary schools?

Anonymous said...

That isnt a cable leading out of megs dress on the cover of elephant. its a rope tied to her foot or something. maybe it has some thing to do with the hotel yorba music video. (even though thats from white blood cells).

and why does jack have a cricket bat with him. he's not even english.

did you here meg got married or something. but who cares about her. she got married in the backyard of jacks house.

i wonder if they'll get back together and do one more tours, and come to Australia.