Being part of a band can be very hard and often times a band will breakup after being together for years. Seeing your favorite band breakup can be devastating but hopefully it does not mean the end of their musical careers. Today, a well-known band has announced its split, but does this mean for good?
The Los Angeles Times reports that rock duo The White Stripes announced Thursday, Feb. 3, that they have officially broken up. Jack White and Meg White were the only two people in the band; they were married but ultimately divorced. The band left a message on their website which basically said they made the decision in order to keep what was so special about their band special. It seems like they did not want to stop creating great music and thought it was just time to call it quits.
I really enjoyed the White Stripes, mostly because they were very artistic and created some of the coolest music videos. “Fell in Love with a Girl” is a single that I really liked because it used Lego animation. This video used the Lego blocks to represent every aspect of their video and it had really cool special effects. This video stuck out in my mind as creative and genius to use such a common object to represent many different feelings and emotions.
The red and white that always lined each music video also is something special and it made them stand out from other rock bands. I have to admit that I was never that impressed with the vocals, but the videos and art behind them made it worth watching. All of their music videos consisted of the red and white theme, which gave them consistency and made them hard to miss on television. The Stripes were special because they did what they wanted and did not seem to try to become popular; they were just who they were. “Fell in Love with a Girl” also was a good song because it instantly became a hit on television and I remember hearing it at a school dance in 2003.
White Blood Cells was their best album in my opinion, which is the album that contained the hit song “Fell in Love with a Girl.” It sounded like a new form of rock that had been missing from mainstream radio for years, a garage-style sound. It was almost like the rock from the 1990s but different in a modernized way. The White Stripes turned what was a stale time in rock music into something special with this album release, and it made them instantly popular in the United States and United Kingdom.
I specifically remember buying this album in 2002 and thinking that they had something special that had been missing for so long. It seemed like they just had a basic sound but the way it was done made it seem like there were more than two people involved. The originality of the artwork and animation both in the album cover and on the music videos made me an instant fan. They were quirky and a little odd in nature, always dressed very unique but it suited who they were and their style of music. I never did get to see them live but I have seen videos of their live shows online and really wish I would have. They both seemed full of energy on stage and were always happy and smiling. It seemed that they had a great stage persona and they really enjoyed what they were doing. This is a band that will stand the test of time because of their ability to transform feelings and emotions into creative music videos and the red and white theme they always used.
Lori Kozlowski, “The White Stripes break up”, The Los Angeles Times