De Stijl (album)

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De Stijl
Studio album by The White Stripes
Released June 20, 2000 (2000-06-20)
Recorded 1999–2000
Third Man Studio, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Punk blues, alternative rock, garage rock, blues rock[1]
Length 37:31
Label Sympathy for the Record Industry
Producer Jack White
The White Stripes chronology
The White Stripes
De Stijl
White Blood Cells
Singles from De Stijl
  1. "Hello Operator"
    Released: May 2001 (2001-05)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[3]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[4]

De Stijl /də ˈstl/ is the second studio album by the American garage rock band The White Stripes, released on June 20, 2000 on Sympathy for the Record Industry. The album reached number thirty-eight on Billboard's Independent Albums chart in 2002, when The White Stripes' popularity began to grow. It has since become a cult favorite among White Stripes fans, due to the simplicity of the band's blues/punk fusion.

De Stijl ("the style" in English) was a Dutch art movement (including the painter Mondrian).[5] Vocalist Jack White had been an admirer of the style for some time, especially of furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. Rietveld designed the Rietveld Schröder House, which Jack and Meg White visited while on tour in the Netherlands. De Stijl was dedicated to both Rietveld and Blind Willie McTell.

It was after the tour began for De Stijl that Jack finally closed his upholstery shop.[6]

On February 5, 2008, Canadian media reported that former Radio-Canada host Dominique Payette filed a lawsuit against the White Stripes for using a nine-second clip of her interview with a little girl at the beginning of "Jumble, Jumble". She demanded $70,000 in damages and the removal of the album from store shelves. The dispute was settled out of court.[7]

The re-issued vinyl LP version of the record was pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee and mastered all-analog from the original master tapes.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jack White except where noted.[9]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)"     1:49
2. "Hello Operator"     2:36
3. "Little Bird"     3:06
4. "Apple Blossom"     2:13
5. "I'm Bound to Pack It Up"     3:09
6. "Death Letter"   Eddie James "Son" House 4:29
7. "Sister, Do You Know My Name?"     2:52
8. "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise"     3:14
9. "A Boy's Best Friend"     4:22
10. "Let's Build a Home"     1:58
11. "Jumble, Jumble"     1:53
12. "Why Can't You Be Nicer to Me?"     3:22
13. "Your Southern Can Is Mine"   William Samuel "Blind Willie" McTell 2:29


The White Stripes
Additional musicians

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 164
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[11] 137
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 38


  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "The White Stripes: De Stijl" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  2. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (November 23, 2000). "White Stripes: De Stijl". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ Bowers, William (June 17, 2002). "The White Stripes: 'The White Stripes' and 'De Stijl'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ "The White Stripes: De Stijl". Sputnikmusic. August 1, 2005. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  5. ^ "De Stijl". Tate Glossary. Retrieved 31 July 2006. 
  6. ^ Phipps, Keith (April 9, 2003). "The White Stripes", Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  7. ^ The Canadian Press (5 February 2008). "The White Stripes sued for sampling from reporter's radio show". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). ISSN 0319-0714. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. (subscription required)
  8. ^ "The White Stripes - De Stijl (Third Man Records) on press". Facebook. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  9. ^ "Artist: WHITE STRIPES". Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  10. ^ "The White Strips – De Stijl". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  11. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Kristine W – Tammy Wynette". Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ The White Stripes - De Stijl Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 5, 2013.

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