IAIN SHEDDEN’S TOP 10 SONGS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS
SD has been enjoying listening to former White Stripe Jack White’s new album, Lazaretto, over the past week or so. Almost as entertaining, however, has been the singer and guitarist’s latest trashing of fellow Nashville residents the Black Keys, in the June issue of Rolling Stone, and his subsequent — and lengthy — backdown through a statement on his website. It’s not the first time White has had a go in this manner. A series of leaked emails from White also took issue with the Black Keys’ resemblance to the White Stripes. “I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me,” he told Rolling Stone. “Half the time, it’s the Black Keys.” A few days later, however, White was climbing down, or at least sideways, on his homepage. “It seems like it’s becoming obvious that to continue the activities I have planned for the rest of my year as a musician, and not be hounded by nonsense throughout those experiences, I should make a statement to clear up a lot of the negativity surrounding things I’ve said or written, despite the fact that I loathe to bring more attention to these things,” White wrote. “I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” he went on. “I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top 10 for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career.”
He also tries to put right comments he made about female singers such as Lana Del Rey, Adele and Amy Winehouse ... “all of whom are wonderful performers with amazing voices. I have their records and I hope for more success for them all as the years go on”. One hopes that will be enough to keep the hounds of nonsense at bay. WITH the soccer World Cup approaching rapidly there’s no saying how the work/sleep/footy ratio is going to pan out over the next month or so, but there’s a chance English pop supremo Gary Barlow might lose some sleep in the lead-up to England’s campaign. Gazza (to use a popular English soccer moniker) had been the face and voice of England’s official world cup song,
Greatest Day, that is, until the song got dumped this week less than a fortnight before the start of the competition. The song, which in true football tradition featured a bevy of former soccer stars and celebrities, was to be the tune to rally the Poms over the finish line in Brazil, but now the song is not being released as a single, leaving fans relying solely on the likes of Rooney, Lampard and Sturridge to bring them glory.
It seems appropriate that the Socceroos’ official song is called Up!, an anthem written and performed by local singer Samantha Jade. Up bright and early is of course where any proud Australian will be when our brave lads’ campaign commences on June 14.
Jack White has been clearing the air