Enigmatic longhair John Anthony “Jack White” Gillis set the internet ablaze this past Tuesday with the digital release of his new single, “Love Interruption.” White is set to release an LP of solo recordings on Third Man Records, an exclusive deal that he secured by being said record company’s owner and only employee. The album, titled Blunderbuss, will mark his debut as a solo artist, unless one chooses to consider White’s contributions to the Cold Mountain soundtrack, the single “Fly Farm Blues,” his recording of the unfinished Hank Williams song “You Know That I Know,” and all six White Stripes albums.
Even The Raconteurs, a supposed collaboration between Jack White and an assortment of lesser-known musicians, was actually the result of a double-booked recording studio time slot. According to a Rolling Stone interview, White had intended to “lay down some hot riffs” and “vamp all night” at a rented jam space in Detroit. When he walked into the room to discover some soft-faced Midwesterners rehearsing, White allegedly told them that they could play “next to [him].” As the session was completed, Brendan Benson is said to have asked White for his thoughts on their new tracks, to which White replied “La la la! I can’t hear you!” This is why the band is known as The Saboteurs in Australia.
Young TMT readers should be reminded that Love Interruption has a failure rate of 15%-28%, though “streaming” between uses can greatly increase its efficacy. More effective methods can be obtained free of charge at your local Planned Parenthood.
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