Jack White Unknowningly Gets Coca-Cola Ad Encore

You’ve probably heard about Jack White‘s version of “Another Way to Die” being used in a sad advert for Coke Zero. (Uh… I guess zero calories is supposed to be manly? And sexy? How else could James Bond keep the pounds off, eh?)

Now Jack is letting the world know he’s just a bit more than just disappointed that they’ve gone and used his song for the commercial with a public statement:

Jack White was commissioned by Sony Pictures to write a theme song for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, not for Coca-Cola. Any other use of the song is based on decisions made by others, not by Jack White. We are disappointed that you first heard the song in a co-promotion for Coke Zero, rather than in its entirety.

What do you think Jack objects to the most: 1. Not having full control over the release of his song 2. Not getting the joy of handcrafting another Coca-Cola jingle? As you probably remember, Jack wrote a widely debated tune for a Coca-Cola advert in 2006.

I can think we all agree Jack’s original work with Coca-Cola was visually and conceptually far superior than this tie-in schlock.

UPDATE: As someone mentioned in the comments, I’m sad to say that Nagi Noda, the Japanese director of the Coca-Cola ad, died on September 7th due to complications from an accident she was in earlier this year. The world has lost a truly talented and inspiring individual.

Amy Winehouse Threatens to Go Toe-to-Toe with Jack White and Alicia Keys

Amy Winehouse lost the job of performing the theme song to the new James Bond film due to her inability to stay clean–the gig eventually went to the team of White Stripes’ Jack White and Alicia Keys (yuh huh).

But according to the Telegraph UK, Winehouse is threatening to release the version of the Bond theme in order to show the flim producers that they have “made a big mistake.”

Said Winehouse, “I guess they are going for clean-cut and boring. When I do release mine – and I am tempted to do it on the same day – this would be the bigger hit…If they change their minds, I’m waiting.”

Amy plans on releasing her collaboration with Mark Ronson on the same day as the White/Keys duet is being released, October 28th.

Too bad Jack and Amy couldn’t have worked it out when they were watching Jay-Z.

Waddya think, Jack and Alicia have anything to worry about?

Jack White and Alicia Keys to Record New James Bond Theme Song

Bob Dylan must be jealous, and Duffy‘s probably sad… according to MSNBC (via Access Hollywood) and NME, Jack White and Alicia Keys will record the new James Bond movie theme song–the first duet in Bond movie history.

Writes MSNBC: “Alicia Keys and Jack White will record the theme for ‘Quantum of Solace,’ Access Hollywood has learned. The new track, called ‘Another Way To Die,’ was written and produced by White.”

What are your bets for what it’s going to sound like?

Thanks to all the peeps who wrote in.

Leaked “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children” Footage Reveals…Nothing

So long-time White Stripes fans who attended the 4-night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in 2002 may remember sketchy peeps in white lab coats running around the building, filming something. As it was revealed later, it was footage being shot for a documentary entitled “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children” shot/directed/edited by one George Roca.

A still of Meg and Jack from “Nobody Knows How to Talk to Children”

The film only saw one public screening, at the 2004 Seattle Film Festival–despite the fact that the White Stripes did not give their approval to screen or distribute the film. A June 23, 2004 post on the White Stripes’ official site, the band made it known that they were extremely unhappy with the film, and that they had a signed contract from Roca that gave the band all rights to the footage.

According to an MTV News interview with Roca, after the band saw a rough cut of the footage, they extended positive words about the documentary–but only a short time later, the band released a live concert music video for “Black Math,” (below) which mirrored the style of the footage Roca had shown them, and the band cut off all communication.

“Black Math” (live) music video in black, white, and red.

I kinda forgot about the documentary, only hearing about it in passing–almost as it if never existed, gathering a myth of its own. I heard about a friend of a friend who had seen it, maybe, and said it was pretty cool, etc.

But it seems as though a few months ago someone had managed to get a copy of the documentary and upload some clips of it to the internet, and only recently did I become aware of it.
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Jack White’s Detroit House

UPDATE: November 2018: The house has been pulled off the market by the current owners as of November 30, 2018. Looks like they were unable to get their dream price of $1.2 million. Based on other home sales in the area, Trulia estimates the house to only be worth $672,000.

July 2018: Jack White’s former home in Detroit is back on the market, this time for $1.2 million. That’s a huge jump from the last time the house sold, in 2007 for $590,000. Wow, that’s some real estate appreciation! The current owners have updated the home with dashes of blue and yellow paint, but the famous main staircase upon which Jack and Meg recorded Get Behind Me, Satan remains largely untouched.

April 2007: The AP reports that 1731 Seminole, the former Detroit, Michigan home of Jack White has finally sold to a retired couple from Maryland for $590,000. The selling price was $60,000 below the final asking price, and a far cry from the original $930,000 price tag that was attached to the property when the house was first put on the market in August of 2006.

White must have been anxious to sell, as he now lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and child. He spent a reported $200,000 worth of restoration/upgrades on the property–more than three times the $66,000 he gained in the sell, putting him in the red for net earnings on the real estate deal.

Note to self: Don’t take real estate advice from Jack White.

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To see more photos of the red, white, and black-heavy house, view my original post.

Jack White Paints His Front Door Red

We all know that Jack White has vacated his historic Detroit house and is now a proud resident of Nashville, TN, but up until now I’ve seen little detail about the house he moved into. Thanks to Mr. Kelly Stewart, more has been revealed.

Kelly’s a resident of Nashville and recently stopped by the seven acre estate purchased by Jack at the end of 2005. And the best thing that Jack’s done to the grand 1910 white house? Painted his front door a beautiful fire engine red, of course!

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[Photo from I’ve Got the Music in Me]

Jack White Slept Here…and Recorded Here…and Ate Over There…

Jack White has officially wiped his hands clean of his former hometown of Detroit, MI. (He currently hangs his hat in Nashville, TN.) He has now put his house in the D on the market, the historic 1731 Seminole, with an asking price just under a million dollars: $930,000.00. Not bad for a house he bought the deed for $1 from Richard L. Bradley and Kenneth B. Welsh in 2003.

The house is beautiful and well-maintained (Jack spent a reported $200,000 in restoration/ modification on the house), containing many of the original details of the house. The expansive house features a laundry room, attic, library, sunroom, formal dining room, full dressing room, and a Herring-Hall-Marvin Walk-In Safe. One of the hidden treasures of the abode is a large “secret garden” courtyard with a Koi Pond in the center.

Probably my favorite part of the web site for his house is the image they use for Jack White‘s headshot.

So hang on real estate hounds and voyers, here’s a peek into Jack’s old house:

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Jack White’s master bedroom in a tasteful muted brown…

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Second floor foyer…

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Jack’s all white, red, and black kitchen with cooking island…

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The grand staircase and foyer where Get Behind Me Satan was recorded.

For more photos and information, head over to the web site for the house.

Thanks to JWG for the link.

White Stripe Dresses Fellow Detroit Rocker in Black and Blue

Holy CRAP! Jack sure packs a mean punch! Images taken of Jason Stollsteimer after being released from Detroit Receiving Hospital reveal the kind of ass-kicking Jack is capable of. This is all getting a little bit too Tommy and Pam for us. No one from the White Stripe camp has called out the “publicity for my new album” card yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if some backlash comes about from this. Wonder how Ryan Adams feels to be no longer the concentrated source of Jack White’s wrath. Luckily Ryan was smart enough to stay arms length from Jack “The Jabber” White. Dear Jesus! We can help but feel that we have played some horrible part in re-igniting this rivalry… We know how jealous Jack gets when we start gagging over other bands from Detroit that aren’t the White Stripes or Whirlwind Heat… but even we think he’s gone a bit too far this time. Hey, come to think of it, Jack punched out David Swanson’s front tooth the same night we saw them in San Diego… hmmm… Unbelievable linkage from Whatevs.

Statement from the Von Bondies Management:

Stollsteimer was violently attacked by Jack White of the White Stripes without warning or provocation. White approached Stollsteimer during the concert, physically forcing him against the speakers, and began shouting. Stollsteimer attempted to turn his head [to] face White but refused to engage in conversation. Visibly angered by Stollsteimer’s unwillingness to argue or fight, White spat into Stollsteimer’s face and punched him in the head and face repeatedly. White then forced Stollsteimer to the ground and continued his attack until White was restrained by several crowd members.