White Stripes Return with an "Icky Thump"
Thu, 01 Mar 2007 09:28:01
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The White Stripes announced on their website yesterday that their sixth album is completed and will be released "as soon as corporately possible." Since the collapse of their previous label, V2 Records, the garage-rock duo have been without a home, but as we reported previously, they've been in serious talks with Warner Brothers for the rights to the forthcoming release.
The curiously named Icky Thump was record in Nashville, Tennessee and will include new songs like "Catch Hell Blues," "Little Cream Soda," "Monkeys Have It Easy," and others. See below for the full text of the unusually cryptic message from the White Stripes website, which is attributed to " Kitayana Ireyna Tatanya Kerenska Alisofaa" of the Moscow Bugle.
Hello to all the Candy Cane Children in the land,
The White Stripes have completed the recording and mixing of their sixth album. It is entitled:
and is their first album to include a title track, which curiously (and not ironically) has the same words in its name. Though some residents of northern England might almost recognize the title, the Stripes stress they are spelling it wrong intentionally just for "kicks" and "metaphors," and to avoid a possible lawsuit from the estate of Billy Eckstine.
The record was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studio. And word around the sewing circle is that many of your favorite White Stripe type songs may not be your favorite (pronounced favaright) White Stripe type songs for long.
Some song titles include:
Catch Hell Blues
Little Cream Soda
Monkeys Have It Easy (discarded)
Rag and Bone
Clicky Bump (retitled into something pleasant)
Blue Orchid (relocated to previous album)
You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
It was the longest time the delightful duo have ever spent in the studio, totaling almost three weeks. Jack and Meg were said to have been looking like they were "into it almost." And even Meg herself was quoted while leaving a local Nashville Laundromat saying that the record was, in her best estimate, "finished", "musical in nature" and lastly, though slightly muffled, "good."
The Stripes will be releasing a statement soon saying: "we are doing our best (whatever that is) to release the album as soon as corporately possible. And though we are tired, worn, weary, hungry, cold, and left without an ounce of nutrition amongst ourselves, we are in the midst of planning performance type shows aroundst the world."
Here now is a short film clip of The Stripes working on a thoroughly rough and ghastly early version of a track from the new album entitled "I'm Slowly Turning Into You"... [Ed note: Yes, there is a short video on the White Stripes' website.]
--The ARTISTdirect Staff