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  • Writer's pictureRohit "Untzkun" More

"Rag and Bone" The raw gem of The White Stripes.

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

Jack White and Meg White in the outfits for Icky Thump, their sixth album.

The White Stripes has been always shrouded in mystery since they started playing music in the late 90s. They are well known for the display of various motifs when live. Such motifs include heavy use of the number "3" and outfitting themselves in red, white, and black only. Jack White, lead guitarist and vocalist, elaborates on their use of the colors to distract from the fact that they were young, white people playing "black people's music". They, in spite of being a married couple, publicly pretended to be brother & sister. This was a part of their act. They also lacked a bassist as they followed a 2 members-only rule and refused to be interviewed separately.

Meg White and Jack White

Their last album, Icky Thump, brought back the punk, garage-rock, and bluesy sounds they were known for in their early work. Multiple tracks are reminiscent of the rawness of punk music in the early 2000s. The most raw and unfiltered song of the album has to Rag and Bone. Use of a rhythmic guitar riff getting distorted slowly with a dialogue between Meg and Jack White about buying trash from people who do not need it. The song tells a story of a couple who are following the "One man's trash, Another man's treasure" rule. Most probably this couple runs a thrift shop. Rag and Bone is a raw punk track with a steady rhythm to groove along to.

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