By Zachary Swickey
The White Stripes may have called it quits earlier this year, but we’ve seen and heard plenty from former frontman Jack White since their demise. Adding yet another eccentric appearance to the list is word that White will appear on the History Channel’s “American Pickers” next week.
The show is admittedly addictive, following two friends/business partners as they scour various barns, homes and junkyards across the country in search of hidden antiques. The episode is set to air at 9PM EST on January 9 and will feature pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fitz as they visit White’s Third Man Studios and label home in Nashville. The two will reportedly barter with the music icon over memorabilia, which will include the photo booth used in the music video for “Hang You From the Heavens” by one of White’s many musical projects, The Dead Weather.
White certainly has not used his newfound freedom to retire into hiding – quite the opposite actually – as the singer has managed to stay in the headlines with several studio collaborations. And, as always with Jack, you must expect the unexpected. From Insane Clown Posse to the Jigga Man, here are our five favorite random Jack White collabs, which all somehow make total sense.
Insane Clown Posse
Obviously, this is the biggest “WTF?” to get out of the way. White shocked bloggers everywhere when he teamed up with the freaky clown duo and dropped a German-titled single, “Leck Mich Im Arsch” (“Lick me in the arse,” get it?), in September of this year. Adding to the weird factor is that the song uses a classical melody dating back to Mozart. No word on if a full-blown album is in the works.
Everyone was pretty excited about White working in the studio with Jay-Z when he mentioned the fact to GQ during an ’10 interview. However, here we are officially in 2012 and a joint track has yet to surface. A studio pic is all they have to show for it.
For those unaware of Colbert’s musical history, his 1980s new wave band, Stephen and the Colberts, recorded a single in 2006, “Charlene (I’m Right Behind You).” Earlier this summer, Colbert dropped his follow-up single “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” with the help of Jack White and the Black Belles as his backing band. They even cruised NYC in White’s rolling record store selling copies of the single.
Danger Mouse’s Rome
When Danger Mouse, producer of the Black Keys newest hit record, was looking for vocalists to fill-out his Spaghetti Western-inspired project with Italian composer Daniele Luppi – Rome – he found one in Jack White (along with Norah Jones). White provided vocals on three songs for the project, which was five years in the making.
Jack White and Conan sure seem to be pretty good chums. For starters, Conan is heavily featured in the zany White Stripes’ music video for “The Denial Twist,” directed by Michel Gondry. Next, the White Stripes played Conan’s somber, final “Late Night” episode. Finally, White released two singles featuring Conan in August 2010. The first was a duet of the two covering Eddie Cochran’s “20 Flight Rock,” while the other single “And They Call Me Mad?” was a spoken-word retelling of the Frankenstein legend from O’Brien.