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The Big Three Killed My Baby" was released in March 1999 as a 7" single and is the third track on re-releases of , the eponymous debut of the The White Stripes Detroit-based American garage rock band The White Stripes. A live recording of the song is featured on ; the band's first official DVD release. The single is backed with "Red Bowling Ball Ruth". Under Blackpool Lights
The Big Three" refers to the three major automakers in the 1950s and 1960s: Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. The song is an attack on these companies, relating to the engineering technique of planned obsolescence, and a short-sighted lack of innovation. Jack White has stated in interviews that he does not believe music to be a viable medium for political messages and until the 2007 release of " Icky Thump" (which criticizes American immigration policy) it was the White Stripes' only political song of note. The song mentions "Tucker's blood", a reference to Preston Tucker's ill-fated Tucker 48. More recently, The White Stripes have performed the song live with alternate lyrics referring to the Iraq War: " Bush's hands are turning red... and I found out your baby is dead." [1 ]
The photo that the band is standing in front of on the single's cover has a note on it, which reads "Insert your money here", a reference to the costs of maintaining automobiles which are intentionally engineered to become prematurely obsolete.
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"The Big Three Killed My Baby"
"Red Bowling Ball Ruth"
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