White Stripes vs. The Greenhornes: Can You Tell the Difference?

Oh holy synergy! Jack White is taking full advantage of his status as a musical visionary to do whatever cross-promoting he wants, even if it means doing covers of songs by bands he helped get signed. One could make such a case with the Stripes recent “cover” of The Greenhornes’ “Shelter of Your Arms,” which appears on the GH’s “East Grand Blues” EP. The Stripes version appears as the b-side to their “Denial Twist” single, now in UK shops as a release by XL Recordings.

The first time I listened to it I thought someone had labeled the song incorrectly because it sounded just like The Greenhornes version. I seriously had to listen to both versions about 5 times before deciding that I guess they are different cuts of the song…I think. I know the “WS version” does sound like Jack, but it doesn’t sound too far off from the Greenhornes’ version. Listen for yourself and see if you agree. (NOTE TO THE SUITS: If for some reason you need me to take down the links to these songs, just let me know.) Link to WS version from the excellent Web Vomit.

DOWNLOAD: “Shelter of Your Arms” by The Greenhornes

DOWNLOAD: “Shelter of Your Arms” by The White Stripes

9 thoughts on “White Stripes vs. The Greenhornes: Can You Tell the Difference?”

  1. Hmmm in The Greenhornes version it sounds too much like they are trying to channel The Doors. It has more of a psychadelic, druggy vibe to it than The White Stripes version. The White Stripes one sounds heavier. I can’t decide which I like the best. I think I like Craig’s voice better than Jack’s in this song. I like the little piano part in The White Stripes one. Ehhh I don’t know, they both have good qualities. The White Stripes one sounds a little more “modern” too.

  2. Judging from the descriptions of Jacks side project with brendan benson, and the drummer and bassist from the greenhornes… the white stripes version of this song could be a preview of their sound. It really doesnt sound like the white stripes… its something new and fresh… it has a rich and full band arrangement..and jack sounds smoother then butter. I love it and i bet you 5 your not alive if you dont think this is a sneak peak at the racentours

  3. Ahh! yer jokin’ with us, aintcha! You just posted the same track with two different names!

    Actually, I think I prefer the WS version – and I guess that wigdaddy is probably spot on.

  4. Oh holy synergy! Jack White is taking full advantage of his status as a musical visionary to do whatever Detroit cross-promoting he wants, even if it means doing covers of songs by bands he helped get signed.

    The Greenhornes are from Cincinnati, which is not Detroit… yeenius.

  5. The white stripe’s version channels the [“brewing storm”] lyric by use of the booming piano, the guitar sounds like thunder. Good cover if you ask me they really contributed something to the song.

  6. having seen the Greenhornes live, i must say that they absolutely ROCK on this song live. As for the recorded version, i dunno. jack’s a brilliant guitarist/performer, but he really as a weakness for doing cover songs, doesn’t he? Seriously – check out their discography (including rarer releases)… there are a lot of ‘white stripes’ songs that most of their fans don’t realize are covers!

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