The White Stripes are Over

Another writer at emcBlue beat me to the punch with this story, so since it wasn't published I can publish my article here:

Jack and Meg White in classic 'White Stripes' attire
Fans who connected to the band website of The White Stripes were greeted to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning. Over the years Jack White has been releasing a number of songs and a couple albums with his own Third Man Records. Maybe we should have seen it coming with the long break between Icky Thump and now.

While banishing gossip of anger between the pair, they wrote that the split was mutual, but they 'will make no further new recordings or perform live.'

Either way the cookie crumbled, it's a sad bit of news for rockers. The duo did leave the blog statement off not with a somber note but one that should be taken with a twinge of happiness:

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”

And what a great way to end an amazing 13 year run. They had a various number of hits anyone can easily recognize. And that is why I wanted to leave you all we a few of my favorites. Feel free to share yours in the comments or by e-mail! Here are some of my favorite moments and songs from The White Stripes (after the jump!):

"We're Going to be Friends" is a quick and lively tune that reminds me of playing on the monkeys bars with my childhood best friend. It also is perfectly fitted and famously known for accompanying the intro sequence of Napoleon Dynamite.

"Fell in Love With a Girl" is the song from their third album White Blood Cells that started it all, am I right? The year of 2001 seems so far away but the lyrics of this song will never erase from memory.

Now the first tracks were golden, but I'm picking the next one based purely off the video cameo. Directed by Michel Gondry, it's a chock full of Conan O' Brien + a variety of strange body contortions and costumed sets. 'The Denial Twist' is a classic in my music video turntable and really defies explanation. Check it out.

How are you reacting to the breakup news of The White Stripes? What are your favorite songs? Let your opinion be known in the comments!

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