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White Stripes reunion

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:38 pm
by amighty
Looks like that's the best thing we can hope to come out of their just-announced break-up. So weird, I got an email from them that wouldn't load, so I went to their site, which also wouldn't load, and I stupidly thought they must be announcing a new album or something.

Anyway, these guys single-handedly rescued me from a simultaneous hip-hop and Grateful Dead period in the late 90's, and reminded me about how awesome rock and roll is supposed to be. Oh yeah, and the Strokes, too.

Bummer

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:54 pm
by Sugarcubes Forever
The worst thing a human being can do is listen to the Grateful Dead more than one time in a year.

The Strokes...like Gang of Four, except not that good.

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:00 pm
by amighty
Sugarcubes Forever wrote:
The Strokes...like Gang of Four, except not that good.


A bit of a pointless comparison... they're both great bands, no reason to choose one over the other. Of course, one was exciting and new while the other had long ago put it's best years behind them. The Strokes were putting on one hell of a rock show at the turn of the millenium and I went to every one I could. Oddly enough, I'll probably see Gang of Four again before the Strokes... like specifically February 8th.

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:48 pm
by Jake
Just posted something to the front page: The White Stripes: The Last Great Band.

Weird that this is announced a few days before GLONO's tenth anniversary...

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:50 pm
by Lurker01
Maybe it's a sign
You next?

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:12 pm
by Sugarcubes Forever
amighty wrote:
A bit of a pointless comparison... they're both great bands, no reason to choose one over the other. Of course, one was exciting and new while the other had long ago put it's best years behind them. The Strokes were putting on one hell of a rock show at the turn of the millenium and I went to every one I could. Oddly enough, I'll probably see Gang of Four again before the Strokes... like specifically February 8th.


That was a reference to an obscure Carrie Brownstein quote. Once, when asked about bands like The Strokes and their contemporaries she compared the music scene to a bunch of bands that all wanted to sound like Gang of Four, except "not good." I have to agree with here. At any given time there's a lot of entertaining music out there, but most of it repetitive and vapid.

The Strokes are an OK band. Entertaining.

The White Stripes were a GREAT band. And 20 years from now it will be The White Stripes that people look back on as one of the few really great bands to come out of the aughts.

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:33 pm
by Jake
Lurker01 wrote:Maybe it's a sign
You next?

You must've been reading our mail!

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:29 pm
by jonas
They may have broken up, but that doesn't mean Jack has stopped working. Anyway, this 'break-up' may just result in more, different output....

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:32 pm
by amighty
Sugarcubes Forever wrote:The Strokes are an OK band. Entertaining.

The White Stripes were a GREAT band. And 20 years from now it will be The White Stripes that people look back on as one of the few really great bands to come out of the aughts.


You're probably right, the White Stripes will be the band that stands the test of time, while the Strokes will be more of a footnote, albeit a really rocking one.

Nobody is a bigger White Stripes fan than me, but the Strokes made the rock re-emergence local for us New Yorkers. I had already been into the White Stripes when the Strokes hit, and while I was totally sold on that first album it was so much more polished than the WS and didn't immediately grab me... then 9/11 hit and their show that night was cancelled, then re-scheduled, and somehow the whole thing took on some cultural significance - they were a NY band, and the first one to play again after the whole town was on lockdown.

Then, a few months later they played a double bill with the WS at Radio City Music Hall, and damn if they weren't the better band that night.

Anyway, there were days when I thought Jack White had more talent in his pinky finger than the whole of the Strokes, and it may well be true, but that's one big pinky to be compared to. If I had to compare the Strokes to any old rock band, rather than Gang of Four it would be Television... a phenomenal debut album followed by a sophomore album that could never do anything but pale in comparison. As the years go by and one listens to either second album, you'll realize how awesome that one is too and wonder how people missed it. The Strokes even have a killer third album, IMHO.

Did the Strokes break up, BTW?

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:15 pm
by D. Phillips
The Strokes have a new album out in March.