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.