The White Stripes (album)

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The White Stripes
Studio album by The White Stripes
Released June 15, 1999 (1999-06-15)
Recorded January 1999 at Ghetto Recorders and Third Man Studios, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Alternative rock, garage rock, blues rock[1]
Length 43:38
Label Sympathy
Producer Jack White, Jim Diamond
The White Stripes chronology
The White Stripes
De Stijl
Singles from The White Stripes
  1. "The Big Three Killed My Baby"
    Released: March 1999 (1999-03)

The White Stripes is the debut studio album by American alternative rock duo The White Stripes, released on June 15, 1999. The album was produced by Jim Diamond and vocalist/guitarist Jack White, recorded in January 1999 at Ghetto Recorders and Third Man Studios in Detroit. White dedicated the album to deceased blues musician Son House.

Recording and production[edit]

Johnny Walker of the Soledad Brothers played slide guitar on two songs: "Suzy Lee" and "I Fought Piranhas". Walker is credited with having taught Jack White how to play slide, a technique featured heavily on the White Stripes' first two albums. Walker explains, "[Jack] had a four track in his living room and invited me to come by and do some recording. In return, I showed him how to play slide."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [4]

Allmusic said of the album:[1]

"Jack White's voice is a singular, evocative combination of punk, metal, blues, and backwoods while his guitar work is grand and banging with just enough lyrical touches of slide and subtle solo work... Meg White balances out the fretwork and the fretting with methodical, spare, and booming cymbal, bass drum, and snare... All D.I.Y. punk-country-blues-metal singer/songwriting duos should sound this good."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jack White, except where noted [5]

No. Title Length
1. "Jimmy the Exploder"   2:29
2. "Stop Breaking Down" (originally written/composed and performed by Robert Johnson) 2:20
3. "The Big Three Killed My Baby"   2:29
4. "Suzy Lee"   3:21
5. "Sugar Never Tasted So Good"   2:54
6. "Wasting My Time"   2:13
7. "Cannon" (Influenced by Son House (See: John the Revelator)) 2:30
8. "Astro"   2:42
9. "Broken Bricks" (The White Stripes, Stephen Gillis) 1:51
10. "When I Hear My Name"   1:54
11. "Do"   3:05
12. "Screwdriver"   3:14
13. "One More Cup of Coffee" (originally written/composed and performed by Bob Dylan) 3:13
14. "Little People"   2:22
15. "Slicker Drips"   1:30
16. "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Traditional) 2:24
17. "I Fought Piranhas"   3:07
Japanese edition
No. Title Length
18. "Let's Shake Hands"   2:01
19. "Lafayette Blues"   2:15


The White Stripes
Additional personnel

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States June 15, 1999 Sympathy for the Record Industry LP album SFTRI 577
Compact Disc SFTRI 577
United Kingdom November 26, 2001 XL Recordings Compact Disc XLCD 149
LP album XLLP 149
United States June 11, 2002 V2 Records Compact Disc 63881-27131-2
Japan March 19, 2003 V2 Records Japan Compact Disc V2CP 148
United States November 30, 2010 Third Man Records LP album TMR-042


  1. ^ a b c Handyside, Chris. "The White Stripes" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Soledad Brothers: Band History Soundclick, (accessed June 20, 2008).
  3. ^ Bowers, William (June 17, 2002). "The White Stripes: 'The White Stripes' and 'De Stijl'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "White Stripes: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  5. ^ BMI Entry