Jack White Says The Black Keys Are ‘Watered Down Ripoffs’ Of The White Stripes

Jack White ripped The Black Keys in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too,” White said. “I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s The Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.”

“Some people will hear that and say ‘Oh, Jack White thinks he’s the first person to play the blues.’ But certain acts open up a market for a certain style. Amy Winehouse: Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No. But she did something brand new and fresh, altogether as a package, and you see who’s in her wake, from the Duffys to the Lana Del Reys. Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive. The White Stripes did the same thing, and in our absence, you’re gonna find someone to fill that. And you get a band like The Black Keys, who said they never heard of The White Stripes? Sure.”

  • GSUSHC

    I think he actually has a point there, even though I do like the Black Keys!

  • Corndog

    I must be getting old. I’ve never even heard of The Black Keys…

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      The Corndog. Boom old as shit and dig Black Keys and the Jack. Boom suggest you do the record store visit or the download on the gadget, find Black Keys records listed.

      The Big Come Up
      Brothers
      El Camino
      Magic Potion.

      These all good records by Black Keys, they have many the more as well. These four records Boom dig and give plenty of the airtime on HiFi unit.
      Boom out!!

      • Corndog

        Thanks Boom, I may check them out. What kind of music is it? If they sound like the White Stripes as this article suggests I might like them as i was always fond of TWS. I’ll look them up on YouTube and if I like them i may have to pick up one of the albums you mentioned. It’ll be a trip to the record store like you suggested; i’m one of the few people left in the world that still buys CD’s and DVD’s. I’m not big on the whole downloading thing. If i can’t hold it in my hand i don’t feel like i really have it.

  • #GoogleMyAss

    Valid point on re opening a door but the black keys write pop songs plain and simple. Jack seems beyond that.

  • lilrockable

    Amy Whinehouse is (was) awful and this guy is a total snob. Lana Del Rey is ten times the artist than Jack White, Adele, and Amy Whinehouse.