Saturday, January 31, 2015

Unrivaled Rocker: Jack White So Awesome He Will Appear on Baseball Card

In the spirit of this blog of focusing not only on music new and old but also on pop culture and the interaction between the two, I am pleased to be writing a little bit today about the illustrious career of that eccentric bluesman/rocker/electroshocker known as Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis, 1975). As an expected one day shoo-in for the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, and a veteran of the rock scene for over 25 years, you may wonder why Jack White's "Rookie Card" is just coming out... Read on and ye shall see!

Jack White is perhaps best known for his founding of the White Stripes in which he was the lead singer and guitarist. The White Stripes rose out of obscurity in the Detroit underground rock scene and attained widespread commercial success and critical acclaim in the early to mid-2000's. Often credited with catalyzing the garage rock revival of that era, the band would score big hits with the singles "Fell in Love with a Girl" and "Seven Nation Army", both of which propelled them to stardom. A fusion of hard blues rock and garage rock, the White Stripes style utilized a lo-fi, simplistic recording technique that let their vocals and riffs shine through with unusual poignancy arguably unrivaled since Nirvana's classic albums of the 1990s. Jack White's deft guitar skills and Meg White's Spartan drumming proved to be a killer combination. By the time the band broke up over a decade since its founding, it would boast six Grammy awards. Yet even with the eventual cessation of recording by the band in 2007 and its 2011 dissolution, Jack White became the father of many other successful bands that would bear his unique stamp of creativity and style. The Raconteurs, for example, were a successful band he helped create with members of other high-profile groups. They played in a similar style to the White Stripes but with an added incorporation of bluegrass and country influences. Jack White continues to rock on and has produced two solo albums, "Blunderbuss" (2012) and "Lazaretto" (2014), both of which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 Charts.

For those of you who have been waiting all these years, you will soon be able to purchase a Jack White baseball card from Topps if you so desire (as well as an Eddie Vedder if you prefer)!

Shockingly, White is smiling with a broad goofy grin on the card--quite unlike his usual madman, evil genius smirk. Perhaps it's because he just threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Detroit Tigers home game!

You never looked better Jack!

For contrast, let's take a look at Jack and Meg White as the walk the red carpet at the 2004 Grammy Awards...

Check out the smirk! Also, the outfit. Stylish, but in a creepy "I Am Michael Jackson" kind of way. Not exactly the kind of guy you'd bring home to mama.

So, congratulations, Jack, on learning how to smile! Your musical genius will only be more appreciated.

More on White and Vedder's baseball cards from Topps:

No comments: