Song of the Day #4,104: ‘Instinct Blues’ – The White Stripes

About a month and a half ago, frequent commenter Dana noted that The White Stripes seem to show up on Random Weekends in numbers higher than blind chance would suggest.

Indeed, at that point seven of their 40 songs in my music library had made the Random Weekend cut, three times as many as you’d expect. I’m not sure how today’s selection — their eighth Random Weekend appearance — affects the math, but they are definitely up there as one of the most represented acts.

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Song of the Day #4,047: ‘As Ugly As I Seem’ – The White Stripes

The White Stripes aren’t generally known for their quieter songs, but they have recorded a few beauties.

Today’s track appears on the 2005 album Get Behind Me Satan and is a lovely song featuring Jack White on acoustic guitar and Meg White (for the first time ever) on hand-hit drums.

I found a site comparing the melody of this song to Bob Dylan’s ‘I Believe in You,’ a track from his born-again Christian album Slow Train Coming (yes, they are similar).

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Song of the Day #2,620: ‘The Nurse’ – The White Stripes

get_behind_me_satan_wtripesOf the three White Stripes albums I own, 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan is my favorite (the other two, for those keeping score, are 2003’s Elephant and 2007’s Icky Thump.

This record eases off of Jack White’s usual guitar-heavy sound and introduces new flavors such as the marimba that’s heavily featured on today’s SOTD.

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Song of the Day #2,133: ‘Take, Take, Take’ – The White Stripes

get_behind_me_satan_wtripesThe White Stripes released their last studio album seven years ago and officially broke up three years ago.

I don’t consider myself a major fan but every time I listen to one of the three albums of theirs I own, I regret that we won’t get any new music from them.

I could certainly get a Jack White fix from any of the dozen bands he’s started since leaving the Stripes, but it’s not the same. There’s a chemistry between him and Meg that makes these songs special.

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