Day 199: The Go – Whatcha Doin’

15 Sep

Suzy Don’t Leave

I did it!  I successfully tracked down some Jack White guitar work that I haven’t heard before!  White Week will not be a (total) loss after all!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any good Jack White music that I haven’t previously listened to, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Before The White Stripes (right before—this record came out in 1999, the same year as TWS’ debut) Jack White was the lead guitarist in a band called The Go.  As far as I can tell, this is the only record of theirs that he played on—he must have said to himself “I am capable of so much more than this.  I’ll prove it by starting a two-person band.  Where my wife, who has never so much as looked at a hi-hat before, will play the drums.”  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how America’s greatest duo came to be.  Maybe.

Anyway, the one redeeming thing about this mostly-lame knockoff ’60s rock is—you guessed it—White’s work on the guitar.  This man can shred.  But for some reason, in a move as obnoxious as the group’s name, they decided to rarely let Jack go crazy.

The Go’s music almost sounds like a prelude to The Raconteurs, a later band of Jack’s.  Both are much more classic-rock-minded than TWS, and I even hear a little Brendan Benson in the lead singer.  Fortunately, The Raconteurs utilize Jack’s abilities, and as a result, haven’t faded into greater obscurity.  Yes, I know that those guys came around well after Jack White achieved stardom, but I’m trying to make a point here.


2 Responses to “Day 199: The Go – Whatcha Doin’”

  1. David Chops September 16, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    I like this more than you apparently did and the reason for that probably has a lot to do with our diverging opinions on The Stooges (though this is actually, technically, more of an Iggy and the Stooges knock-off). I don’t hear much Raconteurs but I hear a whole lot of Raw Power era Iggy: – not that that is a bad thing.

  2. Yuanny Dollar September 17, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Herr Doktor Chops nails it. There is a lot of Iggy going on here, and it isn’t bad. It just isn’t the White Stripes. I would listen to this album.

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