The White Stripes Call It Quits

It’s been ten years, but I still remember the first time I heard the White Stripes. It was the summer of ’01, and the Detroit blues-rock duo had just released their third album, White Blood Cells. At the time, I was working at a Tower Records in the San Fernando Valley and was there on the day of its release. As accustomed with any new release day, someone (more than likely my friend Robert) popped open a copy of the album, and played it over the stores’ soundsystem.

I didn’t know much about their music, other than bits and pieces I had read in magazines, but the instant I heard the opening guitar-riff and Jack White sing the songs first line, “Dead leaves and the dirty ground when I know you’re not around” I knew then and there that I had to find out more.

As the album went on, that desire grew. I purchased White Blood Cells that day, and the following weeks their prior two albums; their ’09 self-titled effort, and their ’00 sophomore album De Stijl.  However, it was White Blood Cells that made me fall for the White Stripes. I loved everything about it; its gritty blues-rock sound, White’s cocky-maniacal singing,  and Meg’s brash-and-playful drum play.

Ten years after the fact, I still feel the same way. And, that’s what saddened me as I read the statement below from Meg and Jack White—the fact that, I’ll never get to experience that again. Because as the statement says, “[the] band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.”  Which is a total bummer.

But alas, I doubt in the coming years I’ll be bumming too hard about their demise, since I’ll aways have their catalog to listen to. Which if we’re keeping count is: Six solid albums, and one, equally, solid live album. Because in the end, those albums, to paraphrase a line from “Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground,”  will “stick around for a while so [that, the White Stripes fan in us won’t be] alone.”

Thank you for everything Meg and Jack White—your band, the White Stripes, will be missed.


talia says: February 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

maybe they’ll reunite for Conan…or as everyone else id predicting, at a future Coachella. It is a bit sad because i love their sound, it is so unique to everything else that is out these days. However, there is some comfort in knowing that we have not seen the last of Jack White. He’s still EVERYWHERE with all his side projects.