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Rock Rewind: The White Stripes “Ball and Biscuit”

As some of you may know, Record Store Day is next Saturday, and Jack White is the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2013. It also happens to be the 10th anniversary of The White Stripes’ breakout record Elephant, which will be re-released as a special edition for Record Store Day.

We’ve already featured “Seven Nation Army” from that record here on Rock Rewind, but I thought this month’s festivities were a great excuse to share another song from the Elephant vaults, “Ball and Biscuit”, which happens to be not only my favorite song on Elephant, but my favorite White Stripes song ever. (A lot of White Stripes fans seem to share my opinion; even though the song was never really released as a single, it seems to show up near the top of a lot of reader’s polls.)

The lyrics are admittedly questionable (“ball and biscuit” refer to cocaine and ecstasy), but the song itself is pure rock and roll, and White’s guitar riffs during the jam sections are some of his most masterful. If there’s one thing this band taught us with its garage-rock style, is that less is sometimes more, and if the passion is there, you really can make music with nothing but an old guitar and drums.

Since “Ball and Biscuit” was never a single, there is also predictably no official music video for it; however, I found this live performance from a VH1 television broadcast which will serve just fine. Enjoy!




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About the Author


Jeff McQ is a songwriter/composer/musician with a diverse resume that includes everything from directing music in church to scoring short films. In addition to his role as chief editor for Music Is My Oxygen (and writing our DIY Musician Channel), Jeff also covers the local music scene for Examiner.com in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, and maintains The Developing Artist [http://artistdevelopmentblog.com], a blog dedicated to offering advice and encouragement to indie musicians.

When he's not tinkering in his home studio or blogging for hours on his laptop at the local coffee shop (to the annoyance of the baristas), Jeff McQ enjoys taking in local shows, going on road trips, wandering aimlessly, and talking to himself.

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