The Weekend Australian - Review - - Front Page - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

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

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