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->''[[CatchPhrase Hi, I'm Jack, and this is my sister Meg.]]''

The White Stripes were an AlternativeRock duo consisting of Jack White and his ex-wife ([[BrotherSisterIncest though billed as his sister]]), Meg White. They were founded in Oak Park, Michigan (one of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}'s smaller northern suburbs) in 1997. Since then, they have released six albums:
* ''The White Stripes'' (1999)
* ''De Stijl'' (2000)
* ''White Blood Cells'' (2001)
* ''Elephant'' (2003)
* ''Get Behind Me Satan'' (2005)
* ''Icky Thump'' (2007)

The height of their popularity would likely be in 2007-08, around the release of the single "Icky Thump" (their only US Top 40 hit, something they achieved without bothering with pop radio airplay), though the 2003 release of the single "Seven Nation Army" (which reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart without crossing over) was a previous peak. In February 2011, in a [[http://www.myspace.com/thewhitestripes/blog/541926276 statement on the band's website]], it was announced that the band had disbanded after 14 years of existence.

Music/JackWhite has gone on to a successful career in his on right, opening Third Man Studios in Nashville, TN, releasing a solo album in 2012 and running two other bands in the process.

Meg White remarried in 2009, but has fallen on the grid since 2011.

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!!TheWhiteStripes provide examples of:

* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Fell in Love with a Girl": [[BuiltWithLego stop-motion LEGO animation.]]
* AmicablyDivorced: Despite having divorced in 2000, an extremely close platonic friendship has evolved out of Jack and Meg's failed marriage. Meg was the maid of honor at Jack's 2005 marriage to model/musician Karen Elson. Meg and her second husband Jackson Smith were married in Jack White's backyard in 2009.
* AntiLoveSong: A few of them. Examples include "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman", "Fell In Love With a Girl", and "Effect and Cause".
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Seven Nation Army".
* AuthorAppeal: As mentioned below, Jack seems to have a thing for redheads, and several of the band's songs make reference to (or are just plain about) sexy red-headed women ("Fell In Love With a Girl", "Take, Take, Take", "300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues", etc.).
* BadassBoast: These occur in a few of their songs, but "Ball and Biscuit", which is basically 7+ minutes of continual {{Badass Boast}}ing, particularly stands out: "Right now you could care less about me / but soon enough you ''will'' care by the time I'm done."
* BetterAsFriends: Luckily, they managed to find this out without breaking up their music duo.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: "Little Ghost".
* BreakupSong: Many ("I'm Bound to Pack It Up", "There's No Home For You Here", "Red Rain", "You've Got Her In Your Pocket", "The Denial Twist", "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman", etc.) covering the topic from every conceivable emotional angle. Kind of funny when you consider that they were once a couple themselves.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jack White, non-stop.
* ChainedToABed: The music video for "Icky Thump".
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Meg White, who often performed and posed for photos barefoot.
* ADogNamedDog: The lyrics in "The Hardest Button to Button" mention the birth of a baby boy that is named "Baby".
* DreadfulMusician: Meg is generally accepted as a limited drummer. TropesAreNotBad, however, seeing how it perfectly fits in with [[{{Retraux}} the band's]] [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth aesthetic.]]
* DuelOfSeduction: "Conquest"
* DrosteImage: The video for "Seven Nation Army".
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Jack and Meg.
* EpicRocking: "Ball and Biscuit," clocking in at over seven minutes.
** "Death Letter" could get quite long, too, when played live.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Meg plays the drums without wearing a bra.
* {{Garfunkel}}: Meg, but she was so modest and shy that she isn't an ''obnoxious'' Garfunkel.
* HairTriggerTemper: Jack beat the living crap out of Jason Stollsteimer, the lead singer of The Von Bondies, and was forced to take anger management classes.
* HappilyMarried: Inverted, into "[[AmicablyDivorced Happily Divorced]]".
* HeavyMeta:
** "Rag and Bone" is about taking and reusing old stuff no one else wants, a transparent metaphor for Jack White's approach to making music.
** To distract the media, Jack & Meg pretended to be siblings. Jack claimed this was because he wanted them to focus on the music and not their relationship. Also, their last names are stage names. They're actually not related in any way but performing together.
*** Well, ''kind of''. As noted above, they were married from 1995 to 2000. The interesting bit is that John Anthony ''Gillis'' changed ''his'' name upon marrying Megan Martha White. This happened as just a funny thing he decided to do when they got married; it wasn't for another two years that he got it in his head that his wife might join him onstage.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Jack sang about redheads on a least one song on every album after De Stijl. And then married one.
* IAmTheBand: Many people tend to assume that the White Stripes ''were'' Jack White, since he was the sole composer of almost all of their original material, sang lead on most songs, and played all the instruments aside from drums. According to [[WordOfGod White himself]], however, the band is actually an aversion, as he claims that Meg's drumming was the foundation of their sound and a major source of creative inspiration to him.
* IAmBecomingSong: "I'm Slowly Turning Into You", verging on a SanitySlippageSong.
* LetsDuet: "This Protector", "Rag and Bone"; "It's True That We Love One Another" is a three-way CallAndResponseSong among Jack, Meg, and English singer Holly Golightly.
* Letters2Numbers: Subtly done with the back cover of ''Elephant'' - the E's in the title are actually rendered as backwards 3's.
* LimitedWardrobe: Limited to white, black, and red.[[note]]"But the White Stripes' colors were always red, white and black. It came from peppermint candy. I also think they are the most powerful color combination of all time, from a Coca-Cola can to a Nazi banner. Those colors strike chords with people." -- Jack White.[[/note]]
* LongRunnerLineup (LogicalExtreme): It was just Jack and Meg from formation to split.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Jack (born John "Jack" Gillis) took Meg's last name when they married and kept it when they divorced.
* MindScrew: "St. Andrew (This Battle Is In the Air)".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Depending on the song, they could vary anywhere from the 1-2 range to the 6-7 range, often on the same album; part of what made the band so critically beloved was their ability to write and perform with equal skill songs that ranged wildly in style, instrumentation, and attitude.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Black Math", "The Air Near My Fingers", "Passive Manipulation", "Instinct Blues", etc. More frequently averted however. On the other hand, all but one of the band's albums (''Icky Thump'') had a NonAppearingTitle.
* NotableMusicVideos: From the likes of Michel Gondry and Alex And Martin.
* OffTheTable: The White Stripes made a music video entirely out of {{LEGO}} and stop-motion. Jack White consulted with the LEGO company about having LEGO figures of Meg and himself packaged with the release of the single. LEGO refused, claiming they wouldn't cater to a market other than children. When the video was a hit, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen LEGO changed their minds]], only for Jack to turn around in a fit of anger and refuse.
* OncePerEpisode: The word "Little" was used in at least one song in every one of their albums.
* TheOner: The video for "The Denial Twist".
* PissTakeRap: The song "Icky Thump" has rapid fire singing from Jack White, and the lyrics:
--> Who's using who?
--> What should we do?
--> Well you can't be a pimp
--> And a prostitute too.
* ProtestSong: The Stripes had two of these: the first being "The Big Three Killed My Baby" about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin how much Jack hates the Big Three for killing Detroit]]. The second is ''Icky Thump'', which focuses on illegal immigration (he thinks it's kind of ridiculous for white Americans to be complaining about it).
* {{Retraux}}: Jack consciously appropriates imagery and music from everything from TheThirties (Robert Johnson, ''De Stijl''), TheFifties (portions of ''Get Behind Me Satan'') to TheSixties. There is also the Victorian-style video for "Blue Orchid".
* SelfBackingVocalist: "There's No Home For You Here", which features a chorus of backing vocals, all by Jack White.
* SelfTitledAlbum: "The White Stripes", their debut.
* ShoutOut: "The Union Forever", from White Blood Cells, is about {{Citizen Kane}}. Most of the lyrics are lines from the movie.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn" and "St. Andrew (This Battle Is In the Air)" from ''Icky Thump''.
* TheSilentBob: Meg.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Passive Manipulation" and "Little Room".
* SomethingBlues: "Instinct Blues", "Catch Hell Blues", "300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues", etc.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Get Behind Me Satan'' largely eschewed the band's earlier distortion-heavy blues/punk rock sound in favor of lighter, country-inflected songs featuring piano and marimba; they'd return to their roots on their next and final album ''Icky Thump'' however, so the record fell short of being a full-blown NewSoundAlbum.
* SongStyleShift: Jack has commented that "300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues" was an attempt to write a song that incorporated as many different styles of blues playing as possible; hence its abrupt shifts from gentle, country-style acoustic blues to screeching, up-tempo electric blues and back again.
* SpokenWordInMusic: The beginning of "Little Acorns", the end of "Your Southern Can Is Mine".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "We're Going To Be Friends", a nostalgic acoustic number about an innocent childhood friendship between a boy and a girl on an album (''White Blood Cells'') full of passionate, often bitter and angry hard rockers about messy adult relationships between men and women.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Meg sings "In The Cold, Cold Night", "Passive Manipulation", and "St. Andrew".
* StudioChatter: The end of "It's True That We Love One Another".
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''White Blood Cells'', ''Elephant'', and ''Get Behind Me Satan''.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Their entire philosophy, especially prior to ''Get Behind Me Satan''.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Jack is part Scottish -- see HairTriggerTemper.
* WorkingWithTheEx
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