A tale of two Jacks

The Dead Weather
Is there anybody who has benefitted more from Jack White’s bizarre string of side projects than Jack Lawrence? A few years ago, the bassist was languishing in obscurity with the hard-toiling, little-known blues trio the Greenhornes. Then, White recruited him and fellow Greenhorne Patrick Keeler to play in the Do Whaters, Loretta Lynn‘s backing band for her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. A year later, Lawrence and Keeler became the rhythm section of the Raconteurs, White’s collaboration with singer-songwriter Brendan Benson. After the band released two albums and toured the world many times over, Lawrence had the opportunity to play bass on the White-penned Bond song “Another Way to Die.”

Now, as a member of the garage blues supergroup the Dead Weather, Lawrence is sharing the stage with Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart, getting to experience her erotically-changed gyrations up close and personal. He might look deadpan—kind of like a gothic J Mascis—but I can guarantee that behind those massive glasses, he’s loving every minute of it.

Okay, so he has to suffer the indignity of being called “LJ” (short for “Little Jack”), but that’s a small price to pay for money, fame and the opportunity to play to huge audiences around the world. And did I mention getting to stare at Alison Mosshart? Dude’s got it made.

I saw the Dead Weather’s performance last night at the Commodore Ballroom, which was a sight to behold. Mosshart was the show-stealer, screaming and spitting her lyrics as she writhed around the mic stand and waggled her tongue at the audience; the only difference between her performance and a ritualistic tribal sex dance was…well, I can’t think of any differences right now, but there must have been one. The hear more about her sensual delights, check out my review of the show over at Guttersnipe.

In related news, the Dead Weather released a video for the single “Treat Me Like Your Mother” last month. It offers a fairly literal representation of White and Mosshart’s explosive chemistry, beginning with a fizzling bomb and culminating with the band members shooting the shit out one another with automatic rifles. Yikes.

“Treat Me Like Your Mother” is available on 7″ via Third Man. It comes with the B-side “You Just Can’t Win,” a Them cover. It also appears on the awesome album Horehound.
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  1. Mike
    Posted August 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Whoa, at the very end when Jack’s stumbling towards the sunset, you can see rays of sunlight shining through the bullet holes in his…body?

  2. Alex
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure that’s the sun shining out of his behind.

  3. Nina
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Great blog! Videos like this make me want to be a rock star.

    I guess his mother isn’t the only one who thinks the sun shines out of his ass…

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