Saturday, June 30, 2007

Thanks for the English slang lesson, Jack White

I got tickets about a week and a half ago to see the White Stripes in September. I'm quite excited about this.
A few days after I got my tickets, the new album (is this even the appropriate term anymore? seems wrong to say the new disc...) went on sale.

The album is called "Icky Thump."

According to Wikipedia, "the title is derived from 'ecky-thump,' a Lancashire, England colloquial response of surprise, popularized by the 1970s UK comedy series 'The Goodies.' On 'Later with Jools Holland (broadcast June 1, 20070) Jack attributed the album's name to its use as an exclamation by his wife, who is from Lancashire. He added that the deliberate misspelling was to make it easier for an American audience to identify with."


I liked the title track from the first time I heard it on the radio. I knew immediately that it was a White Stripes song and I have been anticipating the new album.

At first listen, I was a bit unsure about the album.

The more I listen, the more I like it. Jack and Meg are by no means conventional in their lyrics or musicality. And as I listen to it again and again, I find more in the lyrics to like.

I don't want to give any of it away.

And I do still like the White Stripes earlier albums, "Elephant" and "Get Behind Me Satan" better.

But this is definitely still up my alley.


Ninja Of The Mundane said...

How funny ... I posted about my White Stripes love on my blog before I even saw this. Needless to say, I wholeheartedly agree with you on the merits of "Icky Thump."

Jill said...

I am really looking forward to the concert. The opening act is the Cold War Kids. I got that CD, too. I just haven't listened to enough of it yet to post about it.