The White Stripes was the ‘it’ band for quite a while, but the duo very slowly but surely dissolved following the release of Icky Thump in 2007, and eventually called it a day in 2012.
Far from retiring from music and public life, Jack White’s creative output never stopped in any way. As well as many other projects, he has released solo albums via his own label and projects with Dead Weather and Raconteurs —but there was always the question, what would have happened if the White Stripes had stayed together?
Would it have had continued its success? Or maybe the duo’s internal conflicts would have ripped them apart and stifled their creative process?
Unless the White Stripes announce a reunion we’ll never know. However, Jack White did recently release a new song from the White Stripes era of his life.
The track is called “City Lights” from the Get Behind Me Satan days. Even though it’s a gentle acoustic ballad, it doesn’t take much to imagine White plugging in to one of his vintage amps and playing it White Stripes style.
White has also announced that an album of unheard acoustic recordings will be released with 26 new and old songs from the years 1998 to 2016. According to the press release, the album is the ultimate Jack White songwriting collection. The album features completely remastered alternate versions, mixes and previously unreleased recordings from the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and solo material.
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (Third Man/Columbia/XL Recordings) hits shelves on September 9th. For fans of the duo, go and get yourself a copy, as this maybe the closest you’ll ever get to new White Stripes songs.