So Far from Your Weapon ~ The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather is an American alternative rock supergroup, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes).

When The Raconteurs were performing in Memphis, Tennessee, Jack White lost his voice and the band asked Alison Mosshart of The Kills (who were warming up) to fill in on some songs. She sang lead vocals on “Steady as She Goes” and “Salute Your Solution.” White later asked her if she would record a song with him and Jack Lawrence. They met Dean Fertita at the studio and they ended up performing more than one song that night.

Ultimately they decided to form a band with Mosshart as their lead singer, Lawrence on bass, Fertita on guitar and keyboard and White on drums. White claims he wanted to play the drums in the band, having rediscovered drumming after playing on a kit on “Another Way to Die” with Alicia Keys. He had played drums as a child, and for Goober & the Peas before forming the White Stripes. White said he felt that playing lead guitar in another band would be too repetitive and saw it as an opportunity to do something different.

In January 2009, Mosshart, Fertita, Lawrence and White got together for an impromptu jam at White’s Third Man studio. The session was followed by two and a half weeks of song writing and recording, during which The Dead Weather formed.  “Things just started to happen,” said White. “We didn’t have a direction. We just went a song a day, two songs a day, whatever we could do and recorded them on the fly… There was no time to think about what it was. It just was.”

The Dead Weather’s debut album, Horehound, was released on July 14, 2009 in North America, and July 13 in Europe. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Charts at #6 and the UK Album Charts at #14. Three tracks from Horehound (“No Hassle Night,” “Hang You from the Heavens” and “Treat Me Like Your Mother”) were made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on the same day as the North American release.

Jack White co-directed a short documentary about The Dead Weather called “Full Flash Blank.” It contains exclusive interviews of the band members and performances of “60 Feet Tall,” “I Cut Like A Buffalo” and “Treat Me Like Your Mother.” “Full Flash Blank” aired on Channel 4 straight after the showing of “Later . . . With Jools Holland” which featured The Dead Weather performing their first three singles.

Both Alison Mosshart and Jack White are heavily influenced by Captain Beefheart and have made several tributes to him in a few songs, similarly to how they covered Beefheart songs in their previous bands. The Dead Weather usually open their acts with an intro of “Sure Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do”. On the track “Hussle and Cuss”, the first line Mosshart sings is “knock on the door and the door knocks back”, a clear reference to the Beefheart song “The Dust Blows Forward ‘n the Dust Blows Back”.

Other influences come from the range of artists that Mosshart listened to when she was growing up. Her own frontwomanship is the result of watching videos of Janis Joplin and Patti Smith. However one of Mossharts favourite bands, Sonic Youth, have a clear influence on the sound of The Dead Weather.

Jack White’s own drumming style is heavily based on that of Led Zeppelin’s drummer, John Bonham.

So Far from Your Weapon

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There’s a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
Its so far from your weapon, the place you were born
There’s a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
Your so far from your weapon and you wanna go home

I tried to give you whiskey but it never did work
(I tried to give you whiskey but it never did work)
Suddenly you’re begging me to do so much work
(Suddenly you’re begging me to do so much work)
Right away from the get go the bullet was cursed
Ever since i had you every little thing hurts.

You wanna get up, let go,I said no
You wanna get up, let go
You wanna get up, let go, I said no
You wanna get up, let go

You dream of seeing fire in them hills
But you better wipe that smile from your lips
Which of us will be the one to go
(Which of us will be the one to go )
He who hits the roads the one who lives
(He who hits the roads the one who lives)

You wanna get up, let go,I said no
You wanna get up, let go
You wanna get up, let go, I said no
You wanna get up, let go

Theres a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
Its so far from your weapon, the place you were born
There a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
You’re so far from your weapon and you wanna go home
(You’re so far from your weapon and you wanna go home)

You wanna get up, let go,I said no
You wanna get up, let go
You wanna get up, let go, I said no
You wanna get up, let go

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2 thoughts on “So Far from Your Weapon ~ The Dead Weather

  1. There's a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    Its so far from your weapon, the place you were born
    There's a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    Your so far from your weapon and you wanna go home

    I tried to give you whiskey but it never did work
    (I tried to give you whiskey but it never did work)
    Suddenly you're begging me to do so much work
    (Suddenly you're begging me to do so much work)
    Right away from the get go the bullet was cursed
    Ever since i had you every little thing hurts.

    You wanna get up, let go,I said no
    You wanna get up, let go
    You wanna get up, let go, I said no
    You wanna get up, let go

    You dream of seeing fire in them hills
    But you better wipe that smile from your lips
    Which of us will be the one to go
    (Which of us will be the one to go )
    He who hits the roads the one who lives
    (He who hits the roads the one who lives)

    You wanna get up, let go,I said no
    You wanna get up, let go
    You wanna get up, let go, I said no
    You wanna get up, let go

    Theres a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    Its so far from your weapon, the place you were born
    There a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    You're so far from your weapon and you wanna go home
    (You're so far from your weapon and you wanna go home)

    You wanna get up, let go,I said no
    You wanna get up, let go
    You wanna get up, let go, I said no
    You wanna get up, let go

  2. There's a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    Its so far from your weapon, the place you were born
    There's a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    Your so far from your weapon and you wanna go home

    I tried to give you whiskey but it never did work
    (I tried to give you whiskey but it never did work)
    Suddenly you're begging me to do so much work
    (Suddenly you're begging me to do so much work)
    Right away from the get go the bullet was cursed
    Ever since i had you every little thing hurts.

    You wanna get up, let go,I said no
    You wanna get up, let go
    You wanna get up, let go, I said no
    You wanna get up, let go

    You dream of seeing fire in them hills
    But you better wipe that smile from your lips
    Which of us will be the one to go
    (Which of us will be the one to go )
    He who hits the roads the one who lives
    (He who hits the roads the one who lives)

    You wanna get up, let go,I said no
    You wanna get up, let go
    You wanna get up, let go, I said no
    You wanna get up, let go

    Theres a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    Its so far from your weapon, the place you were born
    There a bullet in my pocket burning a hole
    You're so far from your weapon and you wanna go home
    (You're so far from your weapon and you wanna go home)

    You wanna get up, let go,I said no
    You wanna get up, let go
    You wanna get up, let go, I said no
    You wanna get up, let go

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