The Raconteurs and Muldoons Bring It On Home at Irving Plaza

So last night (April 7) was The Raconteurs’ first live American show open to the public. I didn’t know where I stood in terms of the excitement level before going it…although after eating that hamburger from the pizza place on 14th Street I did think there was the chance of me throwing up over myself, but luckily that didn’t happen.

But back to the excitement level–yeah kinda weird because here is this band I haven’t seen live yet, but I’m excited because I love the White Stripes, but…this band isn’t the White Stripes, they are The Raconteurs, which is a totally different ball of wax. So excited, but wary, I would say. After all, how am I supposed to know how well the band performs live without actually having seen them?

Another thing that had me on edge was something that I saw online before I went to the show. I read this post that said the following:

Tonight, I actually had the chance to see The Raconteurs at Irving Plaza. Yesterday, I was offered up a pair of tickets at face value but I turned them down. Yes, you heard me.

Since Jack White accepted money from Coca-cola in exchange for money, I feel that monetarily I cannot support Jack White. If I was on the list for the show, it would have been a different story as I would have only been an observer instead of a full out participant.

For space-saving purposes I’ve moved my debate of the above post to its new location after the jump.

BACK TO THE SHOW REVIEW

When the doors opened, the guards said no cameras allowed and that they would have to be coat checked. Oh well…twas sad because they had some great lighting at the show.

The friends I was with settled right up front by the barricades of the stage, and as I went over to the merchandise booth to over 20 bucks for a limited edition Raconteurs poster (I have no problem monetarily supporting a band that has a member who wrote a jingle for Coca-Cola–btw I also wear clothing from the GAP, I eat babies, and I work for Halliburton), someone bought me a rum and coke for good humor. With each swill I reveled in the controversy. (I think Chris Martin just banned me from all Coldplay shows for writing that.)

the raconteurs muldoons irving
Around 9pm the lights dimmed and The Muldoons took the stage. Lead guitarist and composer Hunter is the ripe old age of eleven and singer/lyricist Shane is eight years old. They were both decked out in black button-down shirts (Hunter in short sleeves, Shane in long sleeves) and jeans. Hunter added some flare to his look by wearing white snakeskin-style boots and Shane donned a striped tie. Dad Brian Muldoon sat on drums and wore a red and black striped sweater and black beret.

They blew through what seemed to be a dozen 2-3 minute songs, none of which I caught the words to. Shane was an impressive front man, taking cues from Ann Arbor legend Iggy Pop in his wild stage mannerisms. Lots of wild jumping, lots of microphone stand grabbing, and lots of dropping to his knees, raising his guitar in the air and just letting loose. His little round cherubic face scrunched up has he shouted lyrics like “yeah yeah! always red and bllaaaaaaaccck!”.

His guitar skills seemed to be limited to minimal finger work and running his guitar pick up and down strings while relying heavily on the distortion pedal, but he’s eight years old, so I can’t find any fault with that because that sure is hell of a lot better than I could do.

Hunter was more restrained, content with the occasional move away from his mic stand, and a flamboyant guitar strum here and there. Dad Brian kept a careful eye on his two young sons as they wailed out there punk inspired rock ‘n’ roll.

During one song Shane made the ultimate rock star move of the night by ripping off his clip-on tie and throwing it to the floor. CLIP-ON TIE. How adorable is that?

It will be very interesting to see how this band progresses musically and lyrically as the kids get older. Let’s hope they still keep making music and don’t pull a Jordy on us.

After the show I got a chance to snap a photo of the family band. Shane ( age 8 ) and Hunter (age 11) just love their rock ‘n’ roll Doritos. Ad campaign, anyone?

the muldoons at irving plaza

Around 10 o’clock The Raconteurs came onto the stage which was set up with a light chocolate brown Raconteurs’ “R” logo backdrop covered by a sheer shimery overlay. Multi-tiered lanterns hung on either side of the stage. The band came out one by one, Dean Fertita on keyboards, then Patrick Keeler came on first and sat down at his drums, then Little Jack on bass, then Brendan Benson, then Jack White.

Unlike Jack White’s other band, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs have no dress code, each member sported his very own look. Dean wore a black (leather?) jacket, Patrick chose to sport a button down plaid shirt with a black vest and jeans, Little Jack looked like Crispin Glover’s lil’ bro in the dark-rimmed glasses, black parted-down-the-middle hair, jacket, plaid shirt, and pants, Brendan wore a mismatched flower print shirt with a v-neck sweater vest and jeans, Jack wore a black tshirt and red and tan plaid pants with a tan suede jacket with embroidered embelishments by the upper chest/shoulder area. His hair looked like a crazy mess, cut long in the front, shorter in the back, and tossed around in a wild, chaotic manner (below, photo by Martin Glenn).

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They started out with one of my favorite songs off the album, called “Level”. I really think this song works well live, it sounds grittier and more full-bodied. Right from the start, the vibe was quite different than that of a White Stripes show. I felt it was energetic, but more staid, perhaps because the album isn’t out yet so not everyone knew the songs. But this band has a completely different dynamic–you’ve got four (five including Dean on keys) established musicians coming from all different backgrounds melding together to form one unit. No one is the clear “leader” of the band–therefore the concentration of the audience is spread out in different directions.

The camaraderie between band members was blatant, especially between Brendan Benson and Jack White as they kept looking over at one another and grinning. During the “Yellow Sun” duet parts they glanced over at each other and eventually Jack came over to Brendan’s microphone stand and they locked eyes and nodded heads in time as they sang (below, photo by Martin Glenn).

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But out of all the guys in the band Jack White was definitely the most adventurous in terms of using the whole of the stage to his advantage. Like a child who couldn’t keep still, he moved around the stage in every which way: bumping into Little Jack as he played guitar solos, turning his back to the audience and playing to Patrick, throwing down his malfunctioning guitar and crossing the stage to bang out his solo on Dean’s keyboard for “Blue Veins”, and the aforementioned mic sharing with Brendan.

In fact, you could tell he was working so hard that he had started to bleed duing “It Ain’t Easy” as finger-wide red lines of blood could be seen on the white parts of the guitar body. Shane Muldoon could be seen in the stage wings the entire set, sitting on a set of steps, wearing a black and white Raconteurs shirt and sipping Coca-Cola (really he was) as he watched the elder rockmen burned through their 15-song set.

One of my favorite songs of the set (besides “Level”) was “Broken Boy Soldiers”–its clangy cymbals, twangy guitar riffs and a hypnotic galloping beat in combination with Jack’s piercing, electro-shock voice made for a captivating performance. Toward the end of the song every band seemed to go into a trance, intensely concentrating on their piece of the song.

When the band came back for their encore, Patrick picked Shane up and pulled him onstage, setting him down on the ground and letting him run back to the wings while Brendan announced that The Muldoons were the cutest rock band ever.

Jack ended the show by thanking everyone for coming to see “The Raconteurs, from Nashville, Tennessee.” (Photo below by Martin Glenn).

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All in all I enjoyed the show the music was solid and it was exciting to see how the band interacted with each other. As I mentioned before, the energy during this show was much different than that of a White Stripes show–and I thought that was a good thing.

This show more than most WS shows I’ve been to had a more “community” feel, probably because when Jack and Meg are on the stage, it’s all about them generating a vibe between the two of them and trying to make an explosive sound with just two people. During a Raconteurs show, it’s not as intense, it is more about 4/5 guys jamming together, blending their sounds, and letting things flow organically–not about trying to create spontaneous combustion by the sheer intensity of Jack White’s gaze (which is how WS shows sometime feel).

And of course the music is much more folky and subtle than the White Stripes hard rock ‘n’ roll sound, so there was no slam dancing or writhing bodies being thrown around in mosh pits (ahem, Roseland) at the show. Instead there was cheering, and hand over heads clapping, maybe the occasional foot stomp (below, photo by Martin Glenn).

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The vibe was upbeat, but not frantic. After having a frenzied and head-smacking experience at the Arctic Monkeys show at Webster Hall two weeks ago it was nice to be at a concert where I wasn’t in fear of death by stampede. The crowd was nice (however, the security people seemed a bit cranky at the rate they were flashing lights into the crowd and yelling at folks taking pictures) and I had a good time. I fully recommend checking the band out if they come to your town.

I know I usually post photos of the shows I go to but no cameras were allowed, so instead I had to do artist’s renderings during the show (below).

the raconteurs muldoons irving

The top sketch is of The Muldoons. The bottom sketch is a stick figure drawing of Brendan Benson which I labeled as being “drawn to scale.” Some folks have argued that I’ve made his legs waaaay too fat.

However, some folks were lucky enough to sneak in cameras. Check out the above/below photos that Martin Glenn was able to snap during the set, as well as a video of Brendan and Jack singing a portion of “Store Bought Bones” (NOTE: Please do not use Martin’s photos/video without permission. Thanks!):

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WATCH: “Store Bought Bones” by The Raconteurs, live at Irving Plaza

Here’s a link to a video that Favian posted on the Little Room BB:

WATCH: “Blue Veins” by The Raconteurs, live at Irving Plaza

Check out even more photos like the one above over at Amauriaguiar’s Flickr.

RACONTEURS SET LIST: Level/ Intimate Secretary/ Hands/ Steady as She Goes/ Together/ A House Is Not a Motel (Love cover) / Store Bought Bones/ Call It a Day/ Yellow Sun/ Broken Boy Soldier/ 5 on the 5. ENCORE: It Ain’t Easy (Ron Davies cover) / Blue Veins/ Headin’ for the Texas Border (Flamin’ Groovies cover)

The printed set list is inaccurate. It turns out the songs they really played is the same exact set list they did at the London show on March 23.

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For those of you who were not able to attend the show, the band will appear on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on May 19th.

Oh and some dude is looking for a tall, dark-haired girl who was dancing in the back on Craigslist.

On the way out, I spotted this lively rock ‘n’ roll pole debate on 15th street…It reads, “Green Day Rocks!” –> “Spsha” –> “Wrong F*ck head, they eat c*ck” –> “But OK Go is better!“. Hahaha.

After the jump, the NSFW/Not safe for children photo and my rant on Coca-Cola/ boycotts/ ethics/ Jack White.
irving pole debate

WARNING: The following section is a Jack White/Coca-Cola/morals-related rant. I apologize to those who just come here to read reviews/news. If you want to read more about the actual show, look for the section that says “BACK TO THE SHOW REVIEW”

Another thing that had me on edge was something that I saw online before I went to the show. I read this post that said the following:

Tonight, I actually had the chance to see The Raconteurs at Irving Plaza. Yesterday, I was offered up a pair of tickets at face value but I turned them down. Yes, you heard me.

Since Jack White accepted money from Coca-cola in exchange for money, I feel that monetarily I cannot support Jack White. If I was on the list for the show, it would have been a different story as I would have only been an observer instead of a full out participant.

Whhhaaat??!?!?! That is the craziest thing I’ve heard all week. How can you be so against Coca-cola and Jack White but then turn around and say “if I was on the list for the show, it would have been a different story”?! That is entirely hypocritical. That’s like saying you yourself are against clubbing seals with your own hands, but it’s ok if you only watch someone else clubbing seals. You’re either against something or you’re not!

I’m not arguing that Coca-Cola is the most wholesome company on the face of the planet and has never done anything wrong. What I am saying is you don’t have to simultaneously brag how you could have gone to the “hottest show in NYC” but didn’t because of your morals and then say you would have gone to the show if it was for free. That’s just not very cool and doesn’t make much sense.

I’m totally lost. Unless you’re going into the show “free” (more on my debate on the idea of “free” follows) and handing out Killer Coke flyers while you’re there, I don’t get how the two ideas don’t come in conflict with one another.

I would guess that V2 Records bought a bunch of tickets to give people who end up on the guest list. Irving Plaza is not going to hand over 200 extra tickets for free (or however many people were on the list), unless it was somehow agreed upon in the artist’s contract. By accepting a guest list ticket you’d only be part of the argued “problem”. Sure you save $26 dollars, but that doesn’t mean money isn’t going to the band just because you didn’t personally hand over the money. The only way you can effectively boycot something is to have NO PART in it. Your morals and beliefs can’t just stop at your own pocketbook.

I should also say right here that I do know Jen, the author of these posts, and she is one of my oldest friends and I love her dearly, but she has written about her stance on this topic on her public internet blog for everyone to see. I’ve never called out one of my friends on this site before but I’m sorry, I just do not agree with what was written. And she did write about Jack White, and we all know I can’t keep quiet about that.

I’m so over trying to figure this nonsense out because I have a limited brain capacity. I’ll let you guys work it out in the comments section. I’m sure you’ve all got a LOT to say.

UPDATE: Jen’s response

Author: laura

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118 thoughts on “The Raconteurs and Muldoons Bring It On Home at Irving Plaza”

  1. Screw the “Management” and their ban on pictures. that was messed up. But the Muldoons were great and so were the Racs. Little Steven, Drea De Matteo, and a certain Megan Martha something-or-other were in attendance.

  2. I love that you made Brendan’s legs so skinny in your drawing. Ha ha ha (I love Brendan, by the way, but he IS a toothpick).

  3. i was SO sad that no pictures were allowed. hopefully there will be some out there by the professionals soon though. but still. the idea that i was right there and could have taken some wonderful shots of big jack and lil jack back to back playing it up…oh, it just hurts me….

  4. Funniest part was watching Jack White walk out the front door and down the block while everyone was huddled at the side entrance. He seriously walked right past everyone.

  5. Those two little boys are probably the luckiest kids in the world, at least until Little White is born.

  6. what bothered me is that the venue made such a big deal about the no camera ban (“it’s the bands request, that’s why we’re being so strict!”) and yet…there were still cameras. granted, shitty little powershots that you can hide in your pant leg, but still. nothing like having a flashlight shined in your face and being pushed by a security person looking for a camera, ignoring the ones right in front of him. aargh. i hate irving plaza, and the staff there was unbelievably rude.

  7. they let a buch of fuckers in front have cameras! i made the bad mistake in getting drunk before the show. hope they come back soon. but its funny those pictures you have there are exactly how i remember the band.

  8. for one moment jack stole laura, rachel, sarah and my soul simultaneously. creepy …. awesome.

  9. i love the brendan sketch.

    i was standing next to david fricke at the show and that flamin’ groovies cover had him shaking his thing.

    awesome, awesome, awesome.

  10. No pictures? WTF? Based on the songs I’ve heard, these guys shouldn’t be a big deal anyway — they’re just not particularly good — but they certainly seem to like the idea that they’re the most important band out there right now. Get over yourselves, boys.

  11. Awww, look at them lil’ Muldoonies! I just listened to Broken Boy Soldiers for the first time last night on the way home from a blisteringly amazing YYY gig. I love it. Can’t wait to see them live.

  12. Get over yourself. They allowed loads of pictures at the uk shows. I blame the people who won’t turn their flash off.

  13. the show was amazing. way to short. the audience totally sucked. what’s up with new york people being too cool to clap or show their appreciation?
    so is blue veins a rip-off of blur’s popscene or what?
    one of the most interesting things i noticed was how brendan and jack sound so alike one moment, the next their voices sound completely different. the look on jack’s face after he played the organ – priceless.
    can’t wait for the album…

  14. jim jarmusch also in attendance. muldoons were fantastic. raconteurs were fantastic.
    is brendan benson on heroin? yikes. he sure looks/acts like he is.
    jack white is phenomenal. incredible, incredible, incredible.

  15. In regards to the uproar about the Coke jingle- I can not help but wonder if Jackie knows that Coke came up with the Fanta brand so they could still sell soda in Nazi Germany and not have their Coke brand associated with it. I respect Jackie as an artist but why would he want to be associated with a company that has a history like that ? Either he is not aware of it or he does not care and just wants the $$$.

  16. I completely agree with your stance Laura. What she said was so self-righteous. “Look at me! Look how virtuous I am! I have ethics and morals! I turned down a ticket suckas! I hope all of you who bought a ticket feel like shit unlike me because I have a conscience bleh bleh bleh.”

  17. Well you Laura sound just as self righteous, by ass kissing Jack White constantly on your blog. Do you think he’s going to provide you with an interview someday? Big deal you didnt’ take photos. It’s just a photo. not soul stealing btw.

    I mean sorry but people are allowed to support any band they want and it is CRASS COMMERCIALISM to do a Coke ad, especially by musicians who are considered INDIE..independent of what exactly now? values?

  18. Actually venues do not give record labels tickets. The record labels have to purchase them just like everyone else, minus the urgency of the show selling out. Very few things in this life are free.

    And how nice of Miss Modern Age to walk around the Irving Plaza line looking to sell her ticket, she seemed like the only person with an extra

  19. hey i don’t recall making a big deal about not being able to take photos. is saying that it was sad making a big deal?

  20. and yes it’s true, i do make it a daily ritual to try to metaphorically kiss jack white’s behind every single day–but only after i pour myself a nice big glass of Coca-Cola. i’m kidding of course. i really mean big glass of Fresca.

    oh man guys, this is going to be a long night, isn’t it?

  21. laura i still love you….i think. can soulless people love each other?? when do we get our souls back? or did jack take them permanently?? i bet people get angry at us for making this joke, even though they totally don’t even get it. ha ha ha. …. oy vey.

  22. laura i still love you….i think. can soulless people love each other?? when do we get our souls back? or did jack take them permanently?? i bet people get angry at us for making this joke, even though they totally don’t even get it. ha ha ha. …. oy vey.

  23. Jack could rip the head off of a baby panda and drink the blood from it’s now stump and I’d still be on his side.

  24. So do you think it is Ok for Jack to support a company that had to make $$ in Nazi Germany Laura? Do you think he is indirectly endorsing a company that made $$ selling soda to SS Officers? Its a yes or no question. We do not need your smarmy comeback-just yes or no.

  25. yes, i think it’s ok for Jack White to support Coca-Cola if he so chooses. and yes i think it’s indirectly endorsing a company that you (Anonymous) say sold soda in Nazi Germany (I haven’t looked any of this up).

    now that i’ve answered your question, below are my “smarmy” comments:

    am i supposed to hold people who are living today responsible for what their ancestors might have done? do you think it’s ok to live in America since this country once participated in and made money off the slave trade? or is it somehow different? while we’re at it we should rag on Jack White for having the nerve to be born and live in America when he has the option of residing in the uninhibited land of Antarctica. clearly that man has no morals.

    now here’s my question for you: Do you think it’s ok that Franz Ferdinand makes money off indirectly endorsing the assassination of the archduke of Austria which sparked World War I?

  26. I’m thinking of that past comments thread where so many WS fans were saying that they were aware of and didn’t care that Jack isn’t what he pretends to be – that its all about the MUSIC. If so, then why should the Coke endorsement be any different?

    Personally, I think it’s shit that Jack is doing a Coke commercial. Why should be assume Jack has morals or is even very smart just cuz he can play guitar and sing? I doubt he thinks about Coca Cola as a greedy corporation or makes the connection between its products and diabetes and obesity, etc. In fact, I remember him saying something about the cool design/graphics of the ad as one aspect of his decision.

  27. For all the delirious acclaim Orange has garnered, Waites tantalizingly earmarks an as-yet unaired Coke spot as his runaway highlight of the year. “It’s by a Japanese director named Nagi Noda,” he says. “We wanted to use a White Stripes track, but Jack White saw it and said ‘No, I’m gonna write you a whole new track’, which he did. That [spot] has yet to materialize, and there’s nothing scheduled right now, but it is one of the best I’ve ever been associated with.”

    http://www.boardsmag.com/articles/magazine/20060101/cry.html

    Music remains integral to the spot, with The White Stripes’ Jack White providing the soundtrack.”Her work is so original, it’s got a completely different aesthetic to anything else,” says Mother’s Kim Gehrig, who worked on the ad. “It’s so charming and different to anything I’ve ever seen. There’s a combination of animation ideas with live action, and a graphic edge to her work that really comes through; there’s a Gondry-esque style with this Japanese edge to it that’s really different.”

    http://www.mad.co.uk

    I want to see it!

  28. I hate Coke and I want to see it. The director, Nagi Noda, has done some beautiful work.

  29. Hey Laura-check out the DVD “The Corporation”
    It is okay to dig someones music-but to put them on a pedastal and idolize someone that makes a choice to endorse a product and have their name and image associated with it without research into the products history…….oh well that would be a dumb or uncaring person and if you want to blindly worship someone like that you make yourself look quite shallow and daft.

  30. re:#47 reply by Laura
    That is the lamest comeback ever-like-ha ha made you look or your momma-The truth is out Laura is 9 years old-that would explain alot

  31. I think we should all be socially resposible enough to not use/endorse products from corporations that put profits above people. In todays greed/media based society that is the hard road to go. Jack must not have that much resolve-very sad with how he is idolized by young people.

  32. Jack dislikes you Laura because you gossip about him-so you are really dumb to idolize Jack-cause he sure the hell does not idolize, admire, or even like you and your sorry little opinions

  33. “I think we should all be socially resposible enough to not use/endorse products from corporations that put profits above people.”

    Hahaha name me a major corporation that doesn’t put profits above people.

    Jack isn’t heartless or uncaring. He saw an amazing ad and wanted to write a song for it. He was doing his job as a songwriter. Do you think Coke is the only evil corporation out there? Please! I’m sure every single one of you uses products from evil corporations that you don’t even know about because they haven’t been exposed yet. Maybe if Coke were to make a huge profit off this ad you might have more of a reason to be pissed, but the ad is only going to be shown in Europe. Since when did Coke’s sales go up dramatically because of an ad anyway? I’m pretty certain everyone knows what Coke is and they haven’t tried it by now, then I really don’t think an ad is going to convince them to.

  34. From L.A. Time article:

    Is there anything else on Jack White’s agenda that might cause more confusion among Stripes fans?

    “Well, there’s the Coca-Cola commercial,” he says. I assume he’s joking — just trying to stir those die-hards who frown over rock music in commercials.

    There was something in the British press last year about a Coke commercial — a singalong in the style of “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.” But there’s been no follow-up and I figured it was just a rumor.

    “No, it’s true,” he responds, when asked about the commercial, which is expected to be shown only outside the U.S. “We’ve turned down commercials before, but they showed me the video for the ad and it was amazing. I really wanted to write something for it. You can look at things in all kinds of ways: Does it make sense for your career? What are people going to think? Or you can just do what seems interesting and hope you keep finding other things to do that are interesting.”

  35. Laura, You have the best blog out there and all these people are just jealous you got into the show and they lost out when the tickets sold out in aproximatly 37.6 seconds. end of story.

  36. Hi Laura-I am a white Stripes fan. I grew up in Detroit and was into the Stripes long ago, before they had a record deal and all the trappings of fame. I think Jack and Meg are awesome, but Jack’s ego has spun out of control. It was bad enough because he knows that he is a musical genius. The Coke ad goes against everything Jack has preached about music/beliefs/life since they started. Jack seems as if he has truly become confused-the guy that wrote “The Big 3 Killed My Baby” doing a Coke ad is very sad. He has let down alot of people that looked up to him. Jack if you read the ramblings of bored people dont do it! And yes we probably all help support many corporations without our knowledge but the Coke thing is so blatant. Until they patent oxygen I think I can give up a lousy can of soda.

  37. Why can’t people just let the man do whatever the fuck he wants? Detroit was fucked up pretty badly by the auto industry. He probably grew up hating the Big 3 hence the reason he wrote the song. Yeah Coke is fucking up cities too, but the Big 3 hits pretty close to home for him so I look at that song as something personal and separate from this issue. If you’ve ever seen the Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children documentary you would know that Jack actually wanted to work for Coke when he was younger.

  38. Just the fact that he wrote TB3KMB means he had to be at least thinking about how corporations ruin peoples lives. Too bad the guy is selling out. He is talented but that does not mean he is never wrong. I lost alot of respect for him when I heard about the coke thing. But why would he care what I think? I am just another loser talking about someone else on a blog. You know, one of the people that used to respect Jack White.

  39. Jack White is a liar and a phony. He lies so much he does not even know what the truth is anymore.

  40. Will someone please tell me how wearing Coke logos and drinking Cokes in professional magazine photo shoots, not candid photos, is different from writing a song for a Coke ad? It is still an endorsement. Even if it was on a much smaller scale than writing a song for an ad.

  41. i know some of you will love this. i found this post on the Fall Out Boy web site, it’s written by the band:

    http://www6.falloutboyrock.com/falloutboy/journal.php

    March 31, 2006

    We also decided that rather than endorsing a soda company like coke or pepsi, we will be making a fall out boy soda. Its gonna kinda be like clear pepsi. You’re gonna love it. And it tastes emo-ey. Ittastes so good it makes my heart feel unbroken.

  42. It seems to me they don’t like the perceived change. Truth is, they projected their own beliefs onto him — beliefs they might have a hard time living up to themselves. He never said he wouldn’t do an ad; in fact, he said he wouldn’t rule it out. If it was only about money, why did he turn down those other ads? He likes Coke. He liked the director’s idea. No one knows how much he was paid or what he did with the money.

    “Will someone please tell me how wearing Coke logos and drinking Cokes in professional magazine photo shoots, not candid photos, is different from writing a song for a Coke ad?”

    Nothing. Will someone tell me how driving a car, smoking or using any other product from an evil corporation on a daily basis is less blatant than Jack White writing music for a Coke ad?

  43. Nothing. Will someone tell me how driving a car, smoking or using any other product from an evil corporation on a daily basis is less blatant than Jack White writing music for a Coke ad?

    Excellent point. The tobacco industry has been gleefully killing more people for years now than the Coke industry ever has and ever will. Jack and Meg made no secret of their heavy smoking. Jack once even asked an interviewer incredulously why he didn’t smoke. How is advocating smoking less worse than advocating Coke? Oh yeah because smoking is totally “cool” and “indie” and “rock n’ roll”. It’s funny none of you would give a shit if Jack openly talked about drug use or used drugs because hey that’s “rock n’ roll’ and it’s to be expected. You guys would probably think it’s cool.

  44. anyone ever consider the possibility that jack didn’t get paid at all for the coke ad? i mean, U2 didn’t get paid for the use of their stuff in the ipod commercials. would that change all your lame opinions?

  45. I honestly think Jack would’ve done it regardless of being paid, so that is a possibility. None of you have any idea how much money Jack has turned down in the past to do an ad or work with and for other artists. If all Jack cared about was money don’t you think he would’ve taken up those offers too?

  46. Excellent point, Anonymous 81. He turned down playing guitar for Lindsay Lohan, and I’m sure he could have got a lot of money for doing something so pop-y and mainstream. And I’m sure there are other offers he’s turned down that we don’t even know about.

  47. I thought the show rocked and I was excited to see the NYC music community and blogging world discuss the show. Instead, Laura mismanaged her time and wrote the worst review, posting in segments and side tracking to coca-cola. I learned a long time ago, not to count people’s money and I could care less about endorsements and corporate clowning. Let’s focus on the band’s first US show and it eminent future.

  48. Whatever . . . Coke, Commercialism, Corporations . . . Jack has put it behind him. He’s not going to listen to anyone about what he should like or shouldn’t play. Being a fan of his music only goes so far.

  49. If those of us who are real fans of the White Stripes and honestly interested in the Raconteurs because we want to know about their music would just all ignore the posters who insist on constantly crapping all over Jack for his myriad perceived sins, maybe…just maybe…they would go the f*ck away. Let’s try it and hope. Just don’t respond to their baiting.

  50. i’m totally with you on the coke thing. sure, it’s great to make some kind of big activist statement, but it’s generally empty and more just to make yourself feel better than any actual purpose. it’s more important how you live your life day to day. and if you love a band, it would be a shame to let something that really doesnt impact things one way or another get in the way of that.

  51. Hey “Laura”

    If anonymous comments bare no weight then why don’t you tell us all your last name. Hypocrite.

  52. Since when does someone giving their name on a blog post give their opinion weight? I enjoy your blog Laura but that comment was very reactionary and immature. Oh and I dig the Stripes but Jack doing a soda jingle sucks ass.

  53. doing a soda commercial= lame
    white stripes= awesome
    white stripes doing a soda commercial= lame but not lame enough to discredit the white stripes for any of their awesomeness
    this debate= finished.

  54. Jack White/ White Stripes=awesome
    The Raconteurs=incredible
    Jack doing a soda spot=heinous
    People who do not share my opinion=daft

  55. I just checked out Music Slut and Jen is an incredible writer. Take notes Laura-she is more ethical and intelligent than you if her writing is any indication. Reading her post about the Jack/Coke debate really made your posts immature and trite.
    SECRETS OUT LAURA IS REALLY 12!!!!

  56. i bet half you people here are writing these comments while drinking a soda or smoking a camel, and later on going to the store to buy mass produced goods and wasting the worlds resoucres and energy blogging your angry little hearts out.
    practice what you preach. its immature not to.
    lets give iggy pop and fanz ferdinand shit for doing a motorola commercial, while you talk on your cell phone.
    lets give Jack shit while you drink a jack and coke at night.
    get real. i’d like to see what you are all doing to save the world from corruption and starvation aside from wasting your computers energy.
    Jack is a song writer he has never claimed to be a eco-warrior, or a political spokesman. why judge him as if he his.
    If he did start speaking out however you’d probably jeer at him for caring.

  57. if anyone is dumb, it’s people like you who waste time reading a blog written by someone you don’t like.

  58. Apparently the dreaded commercial was aired in Australia yesterday. They said the song is kind of like We’re Going to Be Friends. A acoustic number.

  59. acoustic sell-out shite
    all my hoeroes sell out to the man
    Dylan with his VS comercial
    Zepp did a caddy spot
    Jack White singin about liquid crack
    the world is goin straight to hell
    You can not take $$$ with you

  60. so…..
    have any of you actually seen the ad?
    no?

    i see.
    so what are you debating? the thought?
    you’re all debating something
    you’ve never seen or heard,
    is there a god?

  61. Interesting view on the whole Coca-Cola thing. As a music writer, I don’t usually feel even the slightest inkling of guilt for taking a “free ticket” from a band, especially if I’m going to write about them. Writing a show review is basically super-cheap press acknowledgement for the band, particulary for college newspapers and zines (which is what I do). All-in-all, the money that is spent on press passes and special guists via the records label, in the case V2, breaks even on the money that is NOT on expensive advertisemnet campaigns for the band. It’s a bit of “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal, and everyone goes home happy.

  62. Those kids are rockin. I mean, if Jack White had help like that when he was a kid…who knows man!! Keep it coming!!!

  63. I saw the Muldoons open for the Stripes last year in Detroit and they were amazing then. Glad to see that they are still at it, keep it up you guys!

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