7-Inch Series, Part 771 – Brendan Benson & Jack White

Brendan Benson & Jack White – Demos 7″
label: Third Man (The Vault)
year: 2013 | | |

side a: Steady As She Goes
side b: The Same Boy You’ve Always Known

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7" Series 771: Brendan Benson & Jack White – Demos 7"

The Vault-only release by the two men behind The Raconteurs, and like the title says, the tracks are demo versions of “Steady As She Goes” and The White Stripes“The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”. It’s on Third Man Records, so it’s good.


7-inch Series, part 750 – Dungen

750! That’s a party, right? Right?
Oh, okay.

Dungen – Öga, Näsa, Mun
label: Third Man (The Vault)
year: 2011 |
side a: Öga, Näsa, Mun
side b: Highway Wolf

7" Series 750: Dungen – Öga, Näsa, Mun

I love Dungen. I think I discovered them when I was writing for Kindamuzik, their album Ta Det Lugnt was on high rotation at casa Lubacov during all of that year. Bought every LP they released since then, I only need to get their first two records, but their sold out like a motherfucker, and people on Discogs are asking a lot of ca$h for them, which I haven’t got (and wouldn’t want to pay, for that matter).

This is one they recorded for Third Man Records’ Blue Series last year.

By the way, band members Johan Holmegard and Reine Fiske are also in The Amazing, who are brilliant, too. They’ve got a couple of albums out on the wonderful Subliminal Sounds, and they’re touring with Tame Impala at the moment. How hip is that?


7-inch Series, part 728 – The Black Belles

The Black Belles – Wishing Well
label: Third Man (The Vault)
year: 2012
side a: Wishing Well
side b: Ms. Black Boots

7" Series 728: The Black Belles – Wishing Well

I should do a mixtape featuring only bands called “The Black [insert keyword here]”. It would be really good I think. Not original, but good. I’m going to do it. You only live once.

The Black Belles hail from Nashville, or at least that’s where they’re based. Front woman Olivia Jean’s originally from Detroit. They rose to fame after Jack White discovered them and convinced Stephen Colbert to get them on his show, where they backed the talk show host. They then went on to record the 7″ “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” with Colbert, the triple-coloured vinyl version of which does 600 US dollars on Discogs now. Before that, the girls (then a four-piece, now a trio) were in the video for The Dead Weather‘s “I Cut Like A Buffalo”.

The A-side, “Wishing Well”, is on their self-titled debut LP, “Ms. Black Boots” is a non-album exclusive, like it should be. They both rock.


7-inch Series, part 722 – Beck

Beck – I Just Started Hating Some People Today
label: Third Man
year: 2012

side a: I Just Started Hating Some People Today
side b: Blue Randy

7" Series 722: Beck - I Just Started Hating Some People Today

A new single by my favourite Scientologist, on one of my favourite labels. Can’t go wrong, can it? It can’t. The fantastically titled “I Just Started Hating Someone Today” starts as a country song, then turns punk-ish, than funk-ish. I’ve no idea who the Rick and Thor and Randy he’s referring to are, but “Blue Randy” is likely the one Randy Blau playing “laser tag” on the song.

Beck’s singing on “Blue Randy”, by the way, reminds me of Nick Cave‘s version of Johnny Cash‘s “The Folk Singer”.

According to Third Man, both songs were recorded spontaneously when our hero was working on his new album, with Jack White joining in on drums and vocals. There seems to be a lot of that going on in Nashville. The single is part of the label’s Blue Series, and further features Dean Fertita, Fats Kaplin, and Karen Elson.


7-inch Series, part 714 – The’s

I started this blog in December 2000, and since then it’s gone from more to less, quantity-wise. Well, and quality-wise, I suppose. It got to a point that I just kept updating it every once in a while simply because I felt I couldn’t not do so. It would feel like abandoning my child, or something. But at the same time, I hadn’t a lot to say, really. So I thought of a way to keep it alive: I would start uploading mp3 rips of my 7″ singles collection and say something about them – where I got them, what they meant to me, and so on. That way, I would update the blog on a daily basis, and at the same time hear each and every 7″ I own, which would, in its turn, make me realise I don’t need to buy every piece of vinyl I spot. Because I’m very well aware of the fact that some of the records I own are really bad.

So, on July 2nd, 2007, the 7-inch Series started (’68 Comeback – High School Confidential, 1995 PCP Records), first in Dutch, then in English, and I kept it up until almost two years ago. I don’t remember why I stopped, and it doesn’t matter, either. I just know that I’m picking up where I left off. So, a recap: I’ve been uploading the singles in alphabetical order, and every time I purchase a new one by any artist starting with a letter I already finished, I finish the letter that’s going on, then upload the new ones, and after that I continue with the next letter.

Now, doing the series hasn’t really made me stop buying 7″ singles. I’m a sucker for the format, and I still buy them (less than before, but only because I have no money). So you can imagine my 7″ collection has grown since the last 7-inch Series entry. The last letter I finished was the ‘s’ (final entry David Sylvian – The Ink In The Well, and after that I started on the new ones, until I got to Os Fantasmas – Uma Gelada, and then I stopped.

Since then, 122 new 7-inches joined the family, which means that, if I manage to post one each day from now on, I can start with the letter ‘t’ some time in November.

So here goes, the first 7-inch Series entry in almost two years. I’m kind of excited.

Oh, and the files aren’t downloadable. Buy them if you like them. Buying records is fun, you know. And if you’re a smarty pants with a way to download them anyway, they’re ripped at 96 kbps, which isn’t very high. Good enough to play on your computer or phone, but you can’t play that in a club with your fancy Serato/Tractor whatever thingie. Well, you can, but they would sound shit. And who wants to hear music that sounds shit?

The’s – Great Balls Of Fire
label: Third Man (The Vault)
year: 2011
side a: Great Balls Of Fire
side b: Hanky Panky

7" series 714: The 5, 6, 7, 8's - Great Balls Of Fire b/w Hanky Panky

This one’s an exclusive one from Jack White‘s Third Man label, released as part of the Vault series, and not available from official record dealers. You’ll recognise the songs, because they’re classics: “Great Balls Of Fire”, originally by Jerry Lee Lewis, and “Hanky Panky”, originally by The Raindrops. According to Third Man, White asked Japanese ladies The’s to play their classic “I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield” (also see 7-inch Series Part 3, if you understand Dutch), and they invited him to join in on guitar, after which they recorded these two tracks on the go. Note that the start of “Hanky Panky” is somewhat similar to the intro of “Jayne Mansfield”.


7-inch series, part 705 – The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather – I Cut Like A Buffalo
label: Third Man Records
year: 2009
side a: I Cut Like A Buffalo
side b: A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death

The Dead Weather - I Cut Like A Buffalo

The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother
label: Third Man Records
year: 2009
side a: Treat Me Like Your Mother
side b: You Just Can’t Win

The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother

I love The Dead Weather. The A-sides of these singles are from the Horehound album, haven’t checked the new one yet. Mental note. The B-sides are covers. “A Child Of A Few Hours Is Burning To Death” is originally by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, while “You Just Can’t Win” is a tune by Them.

This is the video for “I Cut Like A Buffalo” – I’ve chosen version two (version one is here) because I like it better:


7-inch series, part 611 – The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather – Hang You From The Heavens
label: Third Man
year: 2009

side a: Hang You From The Heavens
side b: Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

7" Series 611: The Dead Weather - Hang You From The Heavens

A band made up of people from bands I like a lot. That’s got to be good, right? I haven’t heard the whole album yet, but this single sounds okay enough to me.

Video of “Forever My Queen / Hang You from the Heavens” played live in LA.