Six Things The White Stripes Leave In Their Wake

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In the wake of the White Stripes' official breakup last week, the music world reeled with the loss of one of the defining bands of the past decade. Some applauded the end of a band they saw as too simplistic, buoyed by a sub-par drummer and warbling attention-addict. Different strokes, y'all.

But their mark will always be felt, for better or worse. Just as Creed and Nickelback gave birth to... ehhhh, the White Stripes also did their part to make the music world a much stranger place for everyone. From bichromatic wardrobes, pencil moustaches, sweet stripes mint candy, and Dolly Parton, the Stripes brightened the world, two or maybe three colors at a time.

The Blues Renaissance

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Nightly during their live era, the White Stripes would expose virgin ears to the music of blues legends and pioneers like Son House, Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell, and Robert Johnson, in addition to plenty of Captain Beefheart cuts. There is no telling how many people were turned to the blues after hearing one of these covers. This would come in handy once the Black Keys came into the picture by 2007.

Indie Duos

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Anticipating No Age's Fitzgerald's date a few weeks back, we ran down our favorite rock and roll two-pieces, with the Stripes getting a mention (of course). The Stripes opened musician's minds yet again to the notion that you can make a beautiful noise without a bassist, or even a Neil Peart-style drummer.

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Really? "The" bands? I know you wrote that they may not have caused it but come on... you're really reaching with that one.


But people were actually bothered or at least bewildered by the THE bands if you remember. It was a change from what we were used to. It was funny hearing people complain, when it was really just fear of change.

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