If you like a nice clean guitar sound, look away. If you enjoy music with several layers and complex harmonies, bail out now. If a guitar with a nasty distort, a simple drum kit banging out a straight rock beat, and wild vocals are your thing, join the party. Garage rock band The White Stripes live DVD Under Blackpool Lights featured a cover of Bob Dylan's Outlaw Blues. This performance is a great example of the style the White Stripes were known for. Lots of folks out there knock Meg's drumming as a detriment to Jack's guitar playing. BOLLOCKS! Meg's garage sound and simple style accentuate Jack's heavy guitar sound and intense, screaching solos. Anything cleaner, anything more complex, anything other than Meg would make the White Stripes something else. Not bad, just not the Stripes. And damn if that Stripes sound isn't freaking cool!
Note the verse of Jack the Ripper at the end. For those not in the know (including myself until I happened across this video), Jack the Ripper was a pretty bad song written by a pretty bad musician who called himself Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow. Screaming Lord Sutch released some pretty bad albums in the 60's and 70's, despite the help of some pretty good artists, including Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. So I learned something. Knowledge is power. Except in this instance. This knowledge, is in fact, useless.
Tune in next week when Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays will feature........ another band playing a song by a different band!