Um. Ok. Ah, where to start? Jack White is The White Stripes, the husband/wife blues-inspired duo that claimed to be brother and sister. He is The Raconteurs, a group formed out of a recording session for country star Loretta Lynn. He is The Dead Weather, a band that exists only because Jack had a sore throat. He is Third Man Records, named after an upholstery company. Heck, he is even Warstick, the baseball bat company.
Noisy, gnarling and snarling rock. Tear-jerking ballands. Garage rock. Blues roots. Country influence. A staunch supporter of good old fashioned analog and a champion of vinyl. A digital pioneer.
You know what? Screw it. I quit. Nailing down Jack White is just too hard. You're gonna have to figure it out all by yourself.
Good listening and good luck!!
Now Hear A Classic: The Babys
Orchestral new wave heavy riff piano laden disco ballads? OH! You mean the Late 70's! The Oil Shock, the Oldsmobile Cutlass, Charlies Angels, and The Babys!
To translate that for you Millenials out there: a time of energy shortages and long lines at gas stations; an ugly-ass gas guzzling car; a tv series where the three beautiful private detectives always seemed to end up doing undercover work in their bikinis; and a band that really exemplified the cross over from hard rock to new wave that was happening at the time.
Probably almost as well known as the launching pad for the solo career of John Waite, The Baby's had a brief run of pretty big albums. Songs like 'Midnight Rendezvous', 'Isn't It Time', and 'Back On My Feet Again' put them solidly in the wheelhouse of other big names of the time like Foreigner, Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Boston.
They would have been what you were listening to while working undercover in your bikini, sitting in your Cutlass while waiting in line at the gas station.