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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 and Meg White. They were founded in Oak Park, Michigan (one of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}'s smaller northern suburbs) in 1997. In the band's lifetime they released six albums (and a few live albums):
* ''The White Stripes'' (1999)
* ''De Stijl'' (2000)
* ''Music/WhiteBloodCells'' (2001)
* ''Music/{{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.

Jack and Meg were married before founding the band, and now consider each other siblings. Meg White remarried in 2009.

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!!Tropes present in the band themselves:
* AmicablyDivorced: An extremely close platonic friendship has evolved out of Jack and Meg's earlier 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.
* BetterAsFriends: Luckily, they managed to find this out without breaking up their music duo.
%% ZeroContextExample * BunnyEarsLawyer: Jack White, non-stop.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Meg White, who often performed and posed for photos barefoot.
* 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.
* 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.
* KayfabeMusic: Jack insisted that his and Meg's relationship was that of being the two youngest siblings of ten (note that Jack actually ''is'' the youngest of ten kids), and that the idea for the band forming came when Meg began playing on Jack's drumkit in 1997. [[WordOfGod Jack says]] that this was to hide the true relationship of them being married (and AmicablyDivorced), as he feared people would focus more on the band's relationship than their music.
* LongRunnerLineUp: 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.
%% Zero-context Example* TheSilentBob: Meg.
* UnrelatedBrothers: Jack and Meg claimed to be brother and sister when the band first became famous, when they were actually ex-spouses.
* WorkingWithTheEx

!! Tropes present in The White Stripes' music:
* AgeGapRomance: "A Martyr for My Love For You" is about an adult who falls in love with a 16-year-old. They have a relationship for a little while, but ultimately the narrator feels weird about it and makes a number of excuses to end the relationship.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: "Fell in Love with a Girl": [[BuiltWithLego stop-motion LEGO animation.]]
* 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".
* ArcNumber: The number 3 is a big part of the band's methodology, especially in their image (the red white and black combination) and music (which adheres to three basic elements: melody, rhythm, storytelling).
* 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."
* BoyMeetsGhoul: "Little Ghost":
--> I fell in love with a little ghost and that was all
* TheBirdsAndTheBees: Referenced in "Instinct blues", and used as a SexualEuphemism:
--> Every bird and bug in jungle too
--> And everything in the ocean blue
--> Just happen to know exactly what to do
--> So why don't you?
* 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.
* CelebCrush: "Take,Take,Take" is about an overly excited, {{FanBoy}}ish encounter with Creator/RitaHayworth. Incidentally, she died nearly 20 years before the song was written.
* ChainedToABed: The music video for "Icky Thump", and described in the song itself.
--> Woke up handcuffed to a bunk robbed blind
* ColorMotif: White, black, and red are used exclusively in any imagery related to the band. According to [[WordOfGod JackWhite]]:
-->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.
* ADogNamedDog: The lyrics in "The Hardest Button to Button" mention the birth of a baby boy that is named "Baby".
* DuelOfSeduction: "Conquest", about two people both trying to seduce each other.
* DrosteImage: The video for "Seven Nation Army".
* EpicRocking: "Ball and Biscuit," clocking in at over seven minutes.
** "Death Letter" could get quite long, too, when played live.
* GarageRock: Along with Music/TheHives, they were the GenrePopularizer of it's revival in the early 2000s.
* GratuitousPanning: The lead guitar in "Hello Operator" stays in the right channel for much of the song. The vocal track in "Take, Take, Take" will occasionally fly between channels at random.
* 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.
* IAmBecomingSong: "I'm Slowly Turning Into You".
* 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.
* LoveHurts: A major theme at times; Jack described ''Elephant'' as "a concept album about the death of the sweetheart".
%%Zero context example * MindScrew: "St. Andrew (This Battle Is In the Air)".
* MeetCute: In "A Martyr for My Love for You" the POV character and his love interest meet when she is about to fall over, but the POV character swoops in, catches her, and drops a OneLiner.
* 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.
* OdeToYouth: "We're Going To Be Friends", a song about the joys of childhood friendship.
* 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}}: the band's imagery and music incorporates 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.
* SexualEuphemism: A number of sexual references are hidden throughout their music, but are rarely explicit:
** "I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman" implies that the relationship is falling apart due to the male POV character's poor sexual performance
--> You think that I care about me and only me
--> When every single girl [[SexualEuphemism needs help climbing up her tree]]
--> And I know it don't take much to satisfy me
--> Maybe it's [[ADateWithRosiePalms whatever's in my hand that's distracting me]]
--> But if I could find emotion to stimulate devotion well then you'll see
** "Instinct Blues" is about ''something'' that all the animals and plants of the world understand, but the POV character's love interest doesn't. What could that be...
* ShoutOut: "The Union Forever", from White Blood Cells, is about ''Film/CitizenKane''. 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''.
* 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''.
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